Pop Goes The News — Comedian and movie star Kevin Hart paid it forward Thursday in Montreal — in a big way.

Hart agreed to pick up all 10 projects he was pitched for his upcoming Laugh Out Loud video-on-demand network.

Pop Goes The News — A sense of humour goes a long way in Montreal, where people live with crumbling infrastructure, a struggling economy, and a landscape dominated by orange construction signs and barricades.

Once a year, things get a lot funnier in the city thanks to Just For Laughs (JFL). Founded in 1983, the comedy festival attracts top-tier talent from around the world. It’s more than live performances at venues throughout the city — it’s a street party that takes over the city’s Quartier des Spectacles.

Pop Goes The News — If you’re one of the hundreds of fans going to see Alan Carr perform at Montréal’s Just For Laughs festival this month, you may want to leave your mobile device in your pocket.

The 40-year-old British comedian and TV host wants his audience to live every moment of his hilarious show, Yap Yap Yap.

Pop Goes The News — Stand-up and movie superstar Kevin Hart is paying it forward at this year’s Just For Laughs festival in Montreal.

Hart, who credits the city’s annual comedy festival with launching his career, will listen to pitches from comedians, writers, producers and other creative people at JFL.

Pop Goes The News — Jay Pharoah will have a chance to do his Drake impression in the rapper’s home country this summer.

The Saturday Night Live cast member is scheduled to host JFL All Access Live on July 27 (two shows) as part of the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal.