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Just For Laughs 2006

Just for Laughs, the worlds top comedy festival, is hosted annually in Montreal, Quebec. The 2006 show will kick off on July 13th and finishes July 23rd.

Just for Laughs, the worlds top comedy festival, is hosted annually in Montreal, Quebec. The 2006 show will kick off on July 13th and finishes July 23rd.

John Cleese, famous for his roles in Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, numerous film and stage performances , and more recent roles in ‘Will and Grace’ will become part of a 24 year tradition at the Montreal St. Denis theatre when he will host two gala performances on Saturday July 22nd, 2006.

Jason Alexander, became a household name and a familiar face with is role as Jerry Seinfeld’s neurotic friend, George Costanza, on the long running comedy ‘Seinfeld’. Alexander will also host a gala on Friday July 21st at 7.00 and 10.00 pm.

Other comedy shows include ; Newcomers, Homegrown, Queer Comics, Late Night Dating It, Italian Stand Up, Irish Comedy, Late Night Down Under and Britcom. The 2005 Britcom show was hosted by Lenny Henry and included Lee Mack, Noel Fiedling (from Mighty Boosh), Adam Bloom, Rhod Gilbert , Danny Bhoy and the Hollow Men. The 2006 line up for Britcom has not been announced yet.

Twenty-two years ago, Gilbert Rozon had a simple idea. He wanted to put together, under one roof, the people who liked to laugh with the people who made them laugh.

On July 14, 1983, he unleashed that idea onto the Montreal cultural scene in the form of a festival. A festival that was just for fun, just for entertainment and most important, Just For Laughs (or as it is known in French, “Juste pour rire”). For four days, 16 francophone artists gave 35 shows in four venues across Montreal, before a total crowd of about 5000 people.

Twenty-two years later, over 700 artists from around the world perform before over 2 million spectators every summer, in more than 20 venues and along St. Denis Street. Television shows are broadcast internationally to millions of viewers. But the real success of the Juste pour rire/Just For Laughs Festival is not reflected in the numbers, but in its philosophy.

The Festival’s mandate is to spread the idea amongst the collective conscience of its audience that humour, although presented in a similar fashion in content and form year after year, can be reinvented. It can stimulate its artists to provoke laughter in a daring manner that can and does go beyond the limits of the imagination.

Tickets go for sale on line via www.hahaha.com. Montreal City packages are bookable through all major UK tour operators. Click on www.canadakeepexploring.co.uk for more Canadian information.


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