Friday during the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, Andy Kindler continued his annual tradition of roasting, skewering, and calling out the sacred cows of comedy in his 24th “State of Comedy” address. Ron Funches introduced Kindler before a full house in the main ballroom at the festivals headquarters- the newly named Doubletree Hotel.
Montreal is the biggest and most anticipated comedy festival in the world, and Andy Kindler is the biggest and most anticipated act at the annual fest. Kindler’s address is mandatory listening for anyone who lives and breathes comedy- whether as a fan, a member of “industry” or a performer– you just have to be there, and its been that way for over two decades. It’s the #1 can’t miss event, and everyone can’t wait to find out who and what Kindler is going to chip away at, snicker at or outright eviscerate each year.
This year Kindler pulled no punches and delivered an hour of perfect schtick taking on giants: Ricky Gervais, Jay Leno, Louis C.K., Hannah Gadsby, Jerry Seinfeld, Jeff Foxworthy, Roseanne Barr, Andrew Dice Clay, Seth MacFarlane, Kevin Hart, Dave Becky, Mindy Kaling, CNN, Jeff Dunham, Jeremy Piven, Dennis Miller, Jordan Klepper, Netflix, NBC’s Bring the Funny, white guys, and even the festival itself all took shots to the head.
That’s enough writing though, you’re here to hear, and we’re excited to bring you the exclusive audio of Andy Kindler’s State of the Industry address below! (Read more here if you like)