Just For Laughs announces hybrid online and in-person festival for July

Many events, including live outdoor shows and online performances will be accessible for free.

Stand-up shows in Montreal, Los Angeles and New York will stream July 26 to 31

Free outdoor shows will return to downtown Montreal as part of the hybrid event. (Daniel Herrera Castillo/Radio-Canada)

Montreal's beloved comedy festival Just For Laughs announced on Tuesday that it will be returning for a hybrid event featuring live shows and streamed performances, from July 26 to 31.

According to the news release, shows will happen both in-person in Montreal and virtually from Los Angeles and New York.

"All performances including for the first time, the prestigious Just For Laughs Awards Show will be made available to stream online, accessible for free, for anyone who wishes to tune in from the comfort of their own homes."

The Montreal live show will be hosted by Canadian actor and comedian Jon Dore and will be performed in front of a live audience and then aired for free online as of Friday, July 30.

The show will feature performances by Jen Grant, Nigel Grinstead, Cassie Cao, Marito Lopez and Rodney Ramsey.

Ali Hassan is a comedian, actor and host of CBC's Laugh Out Loud. (Foad Hassan)

The Comedy Night in Canada show will also be hosted in front of a live audience in Montreal, and then streamed for free online after.

Ali Hassan, host of CBC stand-up comedy show, Laugh Out Loud, will emcee the show with Canadian comedians Arthur Simeon, Kyle Brownrigg, Brittany Lyseng, Derek Seguin and Courtney Gilmour.

There will also be activities and installations in downtown Montreal from July 15 to 24, including 20 free, outdoor shows featuring Richardson Zéphir, Catherine Éthier, Simon Delisle, Stéphane Fallu, Réal Béland and Patrick Groulx.

"Also on the menu, 40 performances of an unusual show combining dance, musical performances and comedy at Place Loto-Québec, a fun course, street activities and large-format video projections on buildings in the Quartier des spectacles at the end of the evening," reads the release.

According to the festival, all outdoor events are free, "however, as indicated by Public Health, it is necessary to reserve a ticket to attend outdoor shows in order to ensure a safe experience for all festival goers."

Mainstays of the festival including The Nasty Show will be back on and the industry conference, ComedyPRO, will also return "in a 100% digital format this year."

Comedy fans will also be able to watch 2021 Just For Laughs Awards Show online, where Dave Chappelle, Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis and others will be honoured.

"We're honouring comedy storytellers who entertained and inspired us through this challenging past year. We're thrilled that for the first time, we are able to invite audiences to join us online. It's going to be a really great celebration," Bruce Hills, president of Just For Laughs, said in a statement.

More programming announcements are expected next month and tickets will go on sale in mid-July.