My arrival at Just For Laughs Montreal turned out to be very eventful. Because of bad weather in Montreal, everything got cancelled. Well…it actually got delayed, but I used the word cancelled so I guess I created a little bit of a stir with everybody from the Sirius Crew.
We were delayed four hours and I got to my room about 7:00 which was when The Don Rickles Gala started so I had to hurry. Don Rickles did an old-time show business thing that you don’t even see anymore, it was like the old Dean Martin Show. He had dancers with fans, sexy dancers came out and he did an incredible show. There was a great retrospective of him, they showed video of him with Johnny Carson and Frank Sinatra, and of course he made fun of Frank Sinatra and all his Italian connections. It was amazing! And of course he told very unpolitically correct jokes. But when you come from a place of love, people know the difference. When you’re a hater and not a hater. Comedy is supposed to be a healing force and its supposed to break down the barriers between people and Don Rickles is a perfect example of that.
As exhausted as I was, I left the Don Rickles thing and went to see my good friend Paul Provenza. I thought he’d be doing Set List, his newer show, but he was doing his Green Room Show, where he gets comedians to sit around in like a round table situation and they just shoot the shit for an hour. And it was Paul, and TJ Miller, and a newcomer name Hasan Minhaj and Greg Proops and an Australian comedian whose name I didn’t get. And it was phenomenal. And then afterwards, I hung out with Paul because we’re good friends– he’s going to be coming to see me in New York next week– and TJ Miller, also, we made plans to hang out and do interviews, because he’s an old friend.
And then from that show, we went to see Chelsea Peretti who is doing her own show here. She’s on so many tv shows now. She’s one of the stars of Brooklyn 99, who is receiving an award up here. She’s great, she is so funny and she’s a regular on the Kroll Show; she’s huge right now, doing great things. One of the things she talked about was she hates when people come over and hug her so right after the show I ran over and gave her the biggest hug and we just laughed about it! Friday is the actual award luncheon and i’ll be covering the red carpet for that.
And then we all went back the bar, where I ran into Ron Funches from Kroll Show and NBC’s Undateable, who has his own show up here on Just For Laughs and Bobby Slayton, Robert Wuhl, and Paul Chamberlain who is the organizer of a Hawaiian comedy festival coming up for the first time– the Maui Comedy Festival. We’re making plans to do something to cover the Hawaiian festival for SiriusXM, and for Ron and Fez and also for my tv channel, Comedy Matters.
We stayed at the bar till about 2:30 because its like comedy camp. A dream come true for anybody in the comedy world. More Jumping Around Montreal with Jeffrey Gurian tomorrow!
Friday Night Jeffrey will be signing copies of his book, “Make ‘Em Laugh: 35 Years of the Comic Strip, the Greatest Comedy Club of All Time!” in conjunction with the premier of the documentary film, “Eat Drink and Laugh” all about the New York Club “The Comic Strip.” Jeffrey is one of the producers along with Richie Tienken, the owner and founder of The Comic Strip, who also discovered Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Colin Quinn and Adam Sandler. Come on by the book signing and say hello. You can purchase a copy of Jeffrey’s book, “Make ‘Em Laugh: 30 Years of the Comic Strip, the Greatest Comedy Club of All Time” on Amazon.com and at booksellers everywhere.
Friday July 25th @ 7pm be at Cinema du Parc (3575 Avenue Du Parc) in Montreal to see the world premier of the documentary and attend Jeffrey’s book signing.