Thursday at Just for Laughs Montreal everything started kicking into higher gear. At JFL, every day feels like a week, and even new arrivals to Montreal were starting to show some signs of fatigue after two nights of parties, an 80’s hip hop show, Variety’s Top 10 Comics to Watch cocktail party, and a lot of comedy. The day ended with a gigantic Comedy Central party that was going strong way into the wee hours with all the poutine you could eat, and incredible corned beef sandwiches courtesy of Schwartz’s.
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Caught New York buddies Big Jay Oakerson and Sal Vulcano hanging out in the lobby of the Hyatt Hotel. Big Jay has been up here at JFL for 9 days now, performing the Nasty Show every night, three days of What’s Your Fucking Deal with two more to go, and ending every night at the Comedy Jam, and still going strong. Sal was a killer on the audience mic on WYFD, and made his Comedy Jam debut, and is about to become the first stand up comic with his own action figure!
SiriusXM’s Roland Campos (of Roland’s Food Court) and SiriusXM’s Paul Ofcharsky hanging out talking Springsteen.
The Goddamn Comedy Jam’s Josh Adam Meyers and one of Canada’s fastest rising young comics, K. Trevor Wilson. K Trev was telling us about big plans for Letterkenny and we’re excited about a new season in Sudbury.
Robert Kelly’s son hijacking YKWD, and pledging his alliance to Jim Norton- or is that Chip Chipperson!? With Dan Soder, Ari Shaffir, Mike Calta, and Ron Bennington.
Gigantic congratulations to Jesus Trejo who blew us away at his JFL debut last summer as one of the chosen New Faces, and then follows that up grabbing a prestigious nod as one of Variety’s Top Ten Comics to Watch in 2017.
The amazing Krystal Stark, co-president of LOCA and an up an coming power manager with Matt Pavich who just became one of JFL’s first New Faces: Creators honorees, and the incomparable Yamaneika Saunders.
Jeffrey Ross and Sal Vulcano jumped on the gigantic outdoor Video-Tron stage to help Russell Peters and hip hop legends of the 80’s close out a big show.
Ron Bennington on stage at Cafe Cleopatra killing during Whats Your Fucking Deal
The brilliant Paul Provenza and our own Jeffrey Gurian catching up on the sidewalk after the midnight shows.
Dave Attell making a big appearance at the Comedy Central party.
Erik Griffin and Ari Graynor looking like a million bucks at the Comedy Central party. Both star in Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here which has been dominating the festival press all week.
Sherrod Small hanging out with Keith Robinson and Donnell Rawlings. Keith was brilliant (as always) hosting New Faces Unrepped. Sure it’s supposed to be about the kids, but did anyone think you could put Keith on stage and not have him steal the show?
W. Kamau Bell has a presence that takes over the room at the Comedy Central party.
Andrew Santino, and Rick Glassman having a great time at the late night party.
Liza Treyger, one of the Variety Top Comics to Watch!
Barry Katz front and center in Sherrod Small’s group selfie. This most definitely made it to Sherrod’s Instagram.
Don’t miss Just for Laughs in Photos: Day 1! Another full day tomorrow including Comedy 101 at 11:30pm at the MainLine theater. Don’t miss it!