Jean-Marc Parent returned to the Just for Laughs Festival on Friday night, presenting his iconic “JMP Event” for the first time since 2017 at the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier on the Place des Arts.
Full of surprises and unknowns, where slip-ups and time-outs are the order of the day – you know when it starts but you never know when it ends – Friday’s event was no exception to the rule.
The 11th edition of this signature show that combines music and humor brought together on stage Ève Côté, singer Nadja who opened the evening, guitarist Jeff Smallwood and a DJ who welcomed the guests.
Now considered a “must see” of the festival, Jean-Marc Parent shared his latest anecdotes from Florida, pills and hypochondria, of course, but also about his health, his age – he just turned 60 – and everything that aging entails; the gaze that disappears, the nocturnal orientation that is no longer quite there, and the sexuality that is a little different, partly because of the dry ejaculation.
Arriving on stage as the audience rose to applaud him, the comedian, who has thirty years of profession behind the tie, was efficient, fun and interacted a lot with the audience. All in all, the sixties and diabetes are the two themes that took up most of the space before the first guests were introduced.
“The doctor says I have to watch the carbohydrates. I was looking for what had no sugar, no carbs: a 2 x 4 and nails,” he said in particular. He finally managed to find a carbohydrate-free bread; a bread that doesn’t toast and smells like corpses and that must undoubtedly contain asbestos, the comedian then laughed.
Ève Côté took the stage at 9 p.m. Solo this time around, the comedian from Gaspé – who made her name with the duo Les grandes crues – which she formed with Marie-Lyne Joncas – tested new material on Friday, notably a series of family card games olé, where Matante Thérèse transforms into Thérèse , “who calls you a bitch when she’s got the tile in her game” and the naughty traits her family inherited.
His number has also earned him a good reception from the public, despite the small memory gap that tricked him for a brief moment. The comedian was able to recover very well, encouraged by the crowd.
Guitarist Jeff Smallwood took the stage to play two Led Zeppelin souvenir hits as well as Dolly Parton’s “Jolene”, accompanied by Nadja.
Jean-Marc Parent will be back this Saturday with the second round of “L’Événement JMP” from 8pm at the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts.