Just for Laughs Festival | Funny tandem

The first part of the second Just for Laughs gala, held at the Théâtre Maisonneuve on Thursday at 6pm and hosted by comedian Phil Roy and singer Roxane Bruneau, featured half a dozen numbers from stand up plugged into the 220! A short but intense evening.

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Luca Boulanger

Luca Boulanger
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Let’s remember one thing from the start. The traditional Just for Laughs galas are turnkey shows for television. With audience guide at the opening; Content split into two shows per night; blinding lights aimed at the audience on the floor and not… at the performers on stage. However, if we accept the “TV studio” convention, we can rejoice and appreciate the rolling fire of the performance, which lasts 75 minutes.


Phil Roy and Roxane Bruneau, the “new” Laurel and Hardy?

It was the first time Roxane Bruneau had hosted a comedy gala. The singer told veteran Phil Roy (the latter co-hosted two White Card Evenings, 2019 and 2020) that she was very stressed: “You’re like a shrunken version of Anik Jean in the dryer,” Roy told him calm her down

The duo met during the show who can sing They claim to have chemistry in life. In her opening number, however, her complicity wasn’t obvious. The two hosts alluded to their greats, the little boy and the big boy, a comedy classic, from Laurel and Hardy to Dominic and Martin.

The king of the evening

Among their guests, Eddy King is the one who is most popular with the public thanks to a rather political number. The ex-candidate of Big Brother Celebrities began his sketch by mentioning communism and capitalism explained to children. He continued with NATO, the war in Ukraine, Putin’s dictatorship and racism… To end up playing the head of the “Gaétans” of Quebec. A sociologically brilliant number!

Sylvi Tourigny offers fine, even absurd humor with his indescribable Carole in the perpetual turtleneck sweater. On the occasion of the 40the th anniversary of Just for Laughs, his character gave some tips and tricks for a successful party festive. Also, we would have wished for more female comedians in the first part. Because female succession seems to have the wind in its sails! (Marylène Gendron was supposed to be at the gala, but we didn’t see her.)


Sylvi Tourigny offers fine humor with his indescribable Carole with the eternal turtleneck sweater during the gala in the Théâtre Maisonneuve.

Simon Delisle, the comedian who speaks faster than his shadow, returned to the pandemic and our collective exhaustion: “It was hard what we went through! To end with a crude, “graphic” joke about an appointment with his banker to negotiate a mortgage. Let’s just say subtlety isn’t his thing.

Adib Alkhalidey, who attends all the galas, adeptly surfed the prejudices that “white pure wool” Quebecers have towards foreigners. Before closing with a valve on Anne “Casabouuuneee”!!

Martin Perizzolo then summed up the anger of many of his contemporaries by declaring, “We live the greatest end of the world, EVER! We drive straight into a wall. “A pandemic feeling, very scary. But judging by this brief rehearsal stand up Seen Thursday night, that sentiment seems rooted in the humor of the time.

The series of celebratory galas continues on Friday with Richardson Zéphir and Eddy King; then Saturday night, with Rosalie Vaillancourt hosting the fourth and final gala in French.

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