Rogen, Apatow, Fallon, Brand set for festival
MONTREAL — The Montreal Just for Laughs comedy fest unveiled a star-studded lineup Tuesday including Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen, Matt Stone, Trey Parker, Jimmy Fallon and Russell Brand.The 26th edition of the bilingual (English/French) fest runs June 27-July 20, with most of the English-language shows taking place July 10-20. Writer, director and producer Apatow, Rogen and a number of still-to-be-confirmed comedy stars will perform in “Apatow for Destruction,” which will take place at midnight July 18 at the 2,000-capacity downtown club Metropolis. Apatow will be honored as the comedy person of the year at the first Just Comedy conference, which takes place July 17-18. Stone and Parker will take the audience inside “South Park” in “South Park Live” on July 16. Brand will perform a three-night stand of his solo show at the Centaur Theater. Craig Ferguson from “The Late Late Show” and Fallon will each host Galas, the marquee shows at the fest, on July 18 and 19, respectively. A third Gala will be hosted by Jeremy Piven on a date yet to be set. Ron White from the Blue Collar comedy tour, Paula Poundstone, Larry Miller, Scottish funnyman Danny Bhoy and others will feature in the All-Star Gala on July 20. Ryan Stiles and Greg Proops will be at the fest with improv in “Stiles & Proops: Unplanned.” Tom Papa will star in the one-man show “Only Human” July 14-20 at the Gesu. Craig Robinson from “The Office” and Montreal’s Jon Lajoie will star in “AMP’D — The Music Comedy Show.” Danny Hoch will present “Taking Over,” a one-man play that features characters from a Brooklyn neighborhood. J.B. Smoove appears in “The Best of the Uptown Comics,” and British comic Omid Djalili returns with his solo show. Also, local comic Rick Miller brings his one-man vocal tour de force “MacHomer,” in which he uses more than 50 voices from “The Simpsons” to deliver a new take on Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.” The Just Comedy conference will include an In Conversation session with father-and-son duo Ivan and Jason Reitman. The Comedia film festival is also returning — the lineup will be announced in June.