Wednesday, May 19, 2010

[News] The Just for Laughs Festival Launches Two New Events

The Just for Laughs Festival's organizers have announced the creation of two events: the Insider Series and the Comicpro – The Just For Laughs Ultimate Fan Package. Besides, film screenings and the Zoofest Comedy shows will be returning this year. The festival will be held in Montreal from July 12 to 18, 2010.

Without further ado, let's have a look at what we should expect the Insider Series and the Comicpro – The Just For Laughs Ultimate Fan Package.

Insider Series

It will feature casts and show creators who’ll let us into their private world of anecdotes and stories about their films and TV shows, as well as performances by your favourite TV and film stars. First up is Kevin Smith, a writer/director/producer and all-around cool guy. He's got his hands in films such as Clerks, Mallrats, Dogma, Chasing Amy and the more recent Cop Out. A Late Afternoon with Kevin Smith will be presented on Thursday, July 15 at 3 PM in the Grand Salon at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. It’s a no-holds-barred Q&A where the audience is the catalyst for the entertainment and hilarity that will ensue.

Secondly, get up close and personal with Rob Corddry, Jonathan Stern, David Wain, Erinn Hayes, Lake Bell, Rob Huebel and others for a live presentation of the upcoming Adult Swim series Childrens Hospital, an irreverent satire about a group of doctors with healthy libidos. Their relentless dedication to their personal lives is interrupted only by the occasional need to treat sick children. The show will feature a preview screening, a live reading with audience participation, a Q&A session and more on Saturday, July 17 at 7PM at the Cinquième Salle of the Place des Arts.

Thirdly, Curb Your Enthusiasm's fans should unite because J.B. Smoove is coming to take the Insider Series by storm... in character as Leon Black. Leon (aka Jewish attorney and Groats survivor Danny Duberstein who is "good at two things") will take the stage in An Evening with Leon Black and Friends to host a special night with their friends from the Festival on Friday, July 16 and Saturday, July 17 at 7 PM at the Cabaret Juste pour rire.


The Just For Laughs Comedy Conference is going public with the launch of COMICPRO - The Just For Laughs ULTIMATE FAN PACKAGE. This year for the first time in Festival history, the Just For Laughs Comedy Conference can be attended by comedy enthusiasts, students and young professionals who want to know more about what goes on inside the comedy world. The package includes the Insider Series, Zoofest Comedy, Just For Laughs Films, panels discussing TV and film, keynote speaker Lewis Black, Andy Kindler’s State of the Industry Address, the Onion Presentation – a slideshow presentation of their fake history, and the Comedy Conference Awards Ceremony, providing the ultimate behind-the-scenes, on-screen, and live comedy experience for the ultimate comedy fan. It’s a rare opportunity to learn from, and mingle with, the giants of the industry, while enjoying some great shows.

Finally, here's what you have to pay.

For only $99 the COMICPRO Fan Pass includes:

  • Access to the Insider Series.
  • Access to the Just For Laughs Comedy Conference panels and speakers.
  • Access to Zoofest Comedy shows including sketch, solo shows, international acts and more.
  • Access to Just For Laughs Films
Don’t forget: Early registration for Industry passes also continues until June 10. Stay tuned for more information about the Conference in the near future!


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