Pop Goes The News — Montreal’s Just For Laughs festival announced Tuesday it will host an evening with the cast of Veep — including star Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
The Emmy-winning actress, who is also well known for her role on Seinfeld, will be joined by Veep co-stars Tony Hale and Timothy Simons and showrunner David Mandel at Place Des Arts on July 27.
In other political news, JFL veteran Lewis Black will present Living in Fictional Times: A Political Conversation at the Hyatt Grand Salon on July 28. (Black will do his stand-up show the night before at Theatre Maisonneuve).
The 34th edition of Just For Laughs, which runs July 13-31, will also feature a four-night comedy event, Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle. Comics will throw punchlines at each other in front of Ross — known as the Roastmaster General — and referee Brian Moses. A panel of celebrity judges will pick a winner in the July 31 finale, which will be broadcast live on U.S. cable network Comedy Central and on Comedy in Canada.
JFL is also getting southern exposure from The CW, which will tape another comedy gala hosted by Toronto-born Howie Mandel. It takes place July 29 at Place Des Arts.
Also hosting a gala at this year’s festival is David Cross, the Emmy-winning actor, comic and director. He’ll lead the line-up of comics at Place Des Arts on July 27.
Stand-up superstar Hannibal Buress is set to entertain July 30 at L’Olympia.
JFL veterans returning to the festival this year include Kathleen Madigan (July 26 at Place Des Arts), Dom Irrera (July 13-28 as part of The Ethnic Show), Andy Kindler, and the previously-announced Jimmy Carr (July 25-30 at Le Gesu).
The popular Nasty Show is back, hosted by Canada’s Mike Ward. JFL regulars Bobby Slayton and Ralphie May as well as Brad Williams and Tiffany Haddish will work blue from July 20-30 at Metropolis.
JFL also announced appearances by Piff The Magic Dragon (of America’s Got Talent fame) and returning champions Louis Anderson and Emo Philips.
Janeane Garofalo and Mary Lynn Rajskub will both being doing their one-woman shows in the OFF-JFL program and Alan Carr will present the Canadian debut of his solo show Yap Yap Yap.
Also performing this year are Brian Regan (July 30), Maria Bamford (July 28 & 29), Russell Howard (July 27 & 30), Iliza Shlesinger (July 28 & 30), and Nikki Glaser (July 30).
Canadians in the line-up include Jeremy Hotz (July 28 at L’Olympia) and Tom Green.
Tickets for the general public go on sale May 5.