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Stars shine at Just for Laughs galas

Fest includes live 'Family Guy' script reading

MONTREAL — Tim Allen, Tom Arnold, Wayne Brady and Montreal’s Caroline Rhea will host gala shows at this year’s Just for Laughs comedy festival, which runs July 15-25 in Montreal.

Brady and Allen will host two galas apiece, while Arnold’s soiree will have a sports theme.

The lineup for the fest’s indoor events was unveiled Tuesday in Montreal. The free outdoor shows will be announced later.

There will be a live script reading of an episode of animated series “Family Guy,” featuring the actors who provide the voices for the show, including creator Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green and Mila Kunis.

Seasoned performer Jackie Mason will be at the festival with his one-man show “Freshly Squeezed.”

The Improv All Stars, a hit at last year’s edition, will be back with a show that includes Colin Mochrie, Greg Proops, Brad Sherwood and Sean Masterson from “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”

The second annual World Stupidity Awards will be hosted by Lewis Black (“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart”).

One of the key stage events will be “Evil Dead 1 & 2: The Musical,” a musical comedy based on the horror movies from helmer Sam Raimi. This will be a much-expanded production of a show that premiered in a Toronto club last summer.

There also will be a slew of club shows, which is the programming of most interest to visiting talent agents, managers and scouts from Hollywood.

“New Faces of Comedy,” one of the main places to spot up-and-coming talent, will be hosted by longtime Just for Laughs regular Adam Ferrara; “The Masters,” shining the spotlight on veteran comics, will be hosted by Jim Gaffigan.

Other performers in the club series include Carlos Mencia, Dom Irrera, Scott Thompson, Bobby Slayton, Freddie Roman, Lenny Clarke and Nick DiPaolo.

British comic Dave Gorman will travel the world in his show “Googlewhack Adventure.”

Details of the eighth edition of Comedia, the event’s festival of comic films from around the world, will be announced at a later date. Returning are short-film compilations “Eat My Shorts” and “Eat My Twisted Shorts.”

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