Brand leads Canadian invasion

Montreal line-up announced

Russell Brand is to be one of the headline stars of this year’s Montreal comedy festival, alongside South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, Hollywood star Seth Rogen, and late-night talk show hosts Jimmy Fallon and Craig Ferguson.

The Just For Laughs Festival has today announced the line-up for their 26th event, which takes place in July, and the line-up of UK and Irish talent includes Omid Djalili, who will be performing a solo show, Danny Bhoy and Jason Byrne.

Also in the programme are Pete Firman, Hal Cruttenden, Matt Kirshen, Neil Delamere, David O’Doherty, John Lynn and Josie Long, who also lands a rare solo show.

The Australian contingent includes Adam Hills and Brendon Burns, who will also be doing a solo performance of his if.comedy winning show, So I Suppose THIS Is Offensive Now.

The festival has long been seen as a vital showcase for US agents and casting directors, and will this year features a special industry strand, Just Comedy, to capitalise on this. It will include events with Juno director Jason Reitman and his father Ivan, of Ghostbusters fame, while Hollywood producer Judd Apatow will be honoured as ‘comedy person of the year'.

Other performers attending will include Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeremy Hotz, Tom Papa , Patrice O'Neal and Andy Kindler .

For full details of what has been announced so far, visit the official website

Published: 30 Apr 2008

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