Nulman ankles CEO post with Just for Laughs fest

15-year exec leaving to pursue business venture

MONTREAL — Andy Nulman has ankled his position as CEO of the Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival after 15 years with the Canuck laugh-fest.

Nulman is leaving to pursue a new business venture, with details of his next job to be unveiled in a couple of weeks. Nulman leaves following one of the most successful editions of the Montreal festival, which attracted 500 performers for 2,000 shows and drew 1.3 million comedy fans.

“I want to leave on a high note and move on to new challenges,” said Nulman. “This past year was the festival’s most rewarding season ever, attracting record crowds and rave reviews. But, after 15 years, it is time for me to move on, to take on new assignments and expand my horizons.”

Fest grew in stature

Under Nulman’s tenure, the festival grew from a minor comedy event to one of the key comedy festivals internationally. Nulman was also active in the TV sphere, creating and executive producing over 150 Just For Laughs TV shows in a variety of languages around the globe.

“As a result of Andy’s guidance, the festival has become an internationally recognized highlight of the Montreal summer,” said Gilbert Rozon, president of parent company Groupe Juste Pour Rire. “The event has earned worldwide prominence, drawing leading comics and an ever-increasing audience.”

No replacement has been named for Nulman. He will continue with the festival until the end of the month.