Just For Laughs Fes­ti­val an­nounces ex­pan­sion to con­ti­nent of Africa

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

MON­TREAL — Just For Laughs is once again ex­pand­ing abroad with a new home base in Africa.

The Mon­treal-based com­edy brand has joined forces with a South Africa-based con­glom­er­ate to launch the new ven­ture. The part­ner­ship will aim to of­fer a con­ti­nent-wide mix of lo­cal com­edy de­vel­op­ment, a show­case of in­ter­na­tional stars, and op­por­tu­ni­ties for co­me­di­ans to gain ex­po­sure over­seas. The South African coastal city of Dur­ban will also play host to the in­au­gu­ral Just For Laughs Africa in 2018. The new event joins ex­ist­ing Just For Laughs fes­ti­vals held out­side of Mon­treal in cities in­clud­ing Toronto, Van­cou­ver and Syd­ney, Aus­tralia.

Just For Laughs has reg­u­larly played host to South African co­me­di­ans, in­clud­ing “The Daily Show’’ host Trevor Noah, who will be hon­oured as Com­edy Per­son of the Year at the Just For Laughs Awards on Fri­day.

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