Canuck fest shines on U.S. sitcoms

Event to spotlight 'Sex and the City,' 'Daily Show'

MONTREAL — Brad Sherwood and Colin Mochrie from “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” Dame Edna Everage and Jim Belushi are heading to Montreal this summer for the 23rd Just for Laughs comedy festival.

Lineup for the fest, which runs July 6-31, was unveiled Wednesday.

The Galas, the event’s marquee shows, will be hosted this year by Sherwood and Mochrie (July 20), British comic Lenny Henry (a Brit-flavored Gala July 21), Dame Edna (two on July 22) and Belushi (two on July 23).

Event also will shine the spotlight on a number of hit U.S. series, including “Sex and the City,” “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.”

“Sex and the City” consultant Greg Behrendt and writer Liz Tuccillo will talk about how the show changed the rules of dating for women all over the world.

“Raymond” creator Phil Rosenthal and writers and producers from the sitcom will host an “Everybody Loves Raymond: Inside the Writer’s Room.”

Samantha Bee and Stephen Colbert from “The Daily Show” will be in Montreal for “Daily Show Secrets … Revealed!” Their colleague Lewis Black will host the World Stupidity Awards.

British comic Eddie Izzard is due for a one-night-only gig, and Irish funnyman Tommy Tiernan is back for a one-man show following his appearance at one of the Galas last year.

The festival features more than just standup comedy.

Actress Judy Gold will bring her one-woman play “G-d Doesn’t Pay Rent Here,” based on interviews with 50 Jewish women.

Le Quatuor, a group of four classically trained musicians, will play tongue-in-cheek versions of songs by the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Celine Dion and Jimi Hendrix.

A wide array of shows is planned for clubs around downtown Montreal, with acts that include Jamie Kennedy, Doug Stanhope from “The Man Show,” Greg Proops from “Who’s Line Is It Anyway?,” Finesse Mitchell from “Saturday Night Live” and “Last Comic Standing” winners John Heffron and Alonzo Bodden.

Comedia, the festival of comedy films within Just for Laughs, will present the Canadian premiere of “The Aristocrats,” from Paul Provenza and Penn Jillette. The full Comedia lineup will be announced in mid-June.

Club series include the “Nasty Show” with Bobby Slayton, “Laugh-Rodisiacs: The Relationships Show,” “The Bar Mitzvah Show” and the Irish-themed “O’Comics.”

One of the key shows for industryites looking for up-and-coming talent is the “New Faces of Comedy.”

The fest also has a full French-language section, Juste Pour Rire, and the Franco Gala hosts include comic-actor Patrick Huard, TV host Louis-Jose Houde and comic-actor Stephane Rousseau (“The Barbarian Invasions”).

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