13 Comedians You Will Be Dying To See At JFL 2017

The only place in the city to check out Sugar Sammy, Joel McHale, Laverne Cox, and more!

Alright, friends, show of hands: who here loves to laugh?

That was a dumb question, I know. Everyone loves to laugh, and if you don't... well, maybe get that checked out. That's not super normal.

For those of us who love comedy more than life itself, though, there's no better treat than going to see a live comedy show.

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Actually, seeing a live comedy show is an awesome treat for everyone. Stand up comedians have the uncanny gift to make you feel roughly 100% better about life, and I don't know about you, but that sounds like one serious pick-me-up to me.

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Thankfully, Montreal's super huge Just For Laughs comedy festival is here to bless the city with tons of stand up comedy shows again this year, for its 35th Anniversary. (Sidenote: JFL also happens to be the biggest comedy festival in the world, which is pretty amazing, tbh!)

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These aren't your typical stand-up comedy shows. In true JFL fashion, their live stand up galas just so happen to have something extra special about them.

Each gala will be headlined by one big-name comedian, of course; but more than that, each one will also feature a lineup of extremely talented comics. So you're really getting a bunch of mini-shows for the price of one. That's what I call a win-win, friends.

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Curious as to who exactly is playing the stand up galas at this year's 2017 Just For Laughs comedy festival? Well, no worries. I got you.

Colin Jost & Michael Che

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July 26 at 9:45 PM

With guests Jim Norton, Lil Rel Howery, Sarah Millican, Steve Byrne, Ivan Decker and Phil Hanley.

Place Des Arts (Salle Wilfred-Pelletier)

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The Jane Krakowski Gala

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July 28 at 7:00 PM

Featuring Chris D'Elia, Jen Kirkman, Randy, Eman El-Husseini, Sean Emeny, Donnell Rawlings, Steve Simeone and more!

Place Des Arts (Salle Wilfred-Pelletier)

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The Joel McHale Gala

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July 30 at 9:45 PM

With guests Elon Gold, Rod Man, Martha Chaves, Jimmy Shubert, Eliza Skinner, Pete Johansson, and more!

Place Des Arts (Salle Wilfred-Pelletier)

More info here 


Sugar Sammy's International Gala

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July 27 & July 28 at 9:45 PM

With guests including Ismo Leikola, Loyiso Gola, Urzila Carlson, Wil Anderson, Vir Das, Daliso Chaponda, and Michael Mittermeier.

Place Des Arts (Salle Wilfred-Pelletier)

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The David Spade Gala

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July 26 at 7:00 PM

With guests Jeff Ross, The Lucas Bros., Katherine Ryan, K. Trevor Wilson, Godfrey, and Arj Barker!

Place Des Arts (Salle Wilfred-Pelletier)

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The Rick Mercer Gala

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July 27 at 7:00 pM

Featuring W. Kamau Bell, Carl Barron, Arthur Simeon, Jessica Kirson, Jon Reep and Tom Papa!

Place Des Arts (Salle Wilfred-Pelletier)

More info here 


The Lily Singh Gala

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July 30 at 7:00 PM

Place Des Arts (Salle Wilfred-Pelletier)

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The Howie Mandel Gala

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July 29 at 6:30 PM

Featuring Cedric the Entertainer, Jimmy Carr, Orny Adams, and Yamaneika Saunders.

Place Des Arts (Salle Wilfred-Pelletier)

More info here 


The Laverne Cox Gala

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July 29 at 9:45 pM

Including Ryan Hamilton, Bryan Callen, Tommy Little, Matt Wright, Laurie Elliott, and more!

Place Des Arts (Salle Wilfred-Pelletier)

More info here 

Other than regular galas, JFL is also hosting All Access Live shows... which are basically like little mini galas you get to enjoy, too:

All Access Live with Natasha Leggero

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July 28 at 7:00 PM & 10:00 PM

Club Soda 

More info here 


All Access Live with Moshe Kasher

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July 27 at 7:00 PM & 10:00 PM

Club Soda 

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All Access Live with Mike Birbiglia

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July 26 at 7:00 PM & 10:00 PM

Club Soda 

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All Access Live with Wyatt Cenac

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July 29 at 7:00 PM & 10:00 PM

Club Soda 

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I mean, let's be real. Anything that involves Laverne Cox, Howie Mandel, Rick Mercer, Joel McHale, and these other super talented comics seems like an awesome way to spend a summer day (or evening) to me!

You can get more information on these shows by checking out Just For Laughs' Facebook, website, and Instagram!

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Miranda Cipolla Miranda is an avid tequila drinker, city explorer, and food lover. Follow her adventures on Instagram (@ciaomiranda12) and Facebook.