Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival has been the hottest gathering in comedy for years now, so it’s no wonder that the new Chicago arm of Just For Laughs is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with.
This year’s Chicago festival, which will take place June 15 – 19, is putting together an amazing lineup of big names and a few surprises. For one thing, original members of the classic SNL Super Fans sketch are teaming up with some special guests for Da Bears Movie Dat Wasn’t, a live reading of the screenplay from their never-produced film adaptation of the sketch.
Robert Smigel, Bob Odenkirk, George Wendt, Joe Mantegna, Richard Roeper and Mike Ditka will be on hand, with a Q and A afterwards with Ditka. The show will benefit the charity Have Dreams: Helping Autistic Voices Emerge (they picked this organization over victims of Polish sausage abuse).
Comedians Kristen Schaal, Patrice O’Neal, John Mulaney, Hannibal Buress have been scheduled to team up for six Double Threat shows, and Mulaney and Kyle Kinane have been added to the Alt Comedy showcase at The Vic. Also, a fourth show has just been added for Aziz Ansari.
As for Montreal, a new Insider Series is being added to the roster. Shows will include a Q and A session with director Kevin Smith, a screening of the new show Children’s Hospital with the cast and creator Rob Corddry, and J.B. Smoove hosting “An Evening with Leon Black and Friends” in character as his role on Curb Your Enthusiasm. You can find more info on the Chicago and Montreal festival websites. If you can’t make it to either festival, you should feel terrible.