MORE QUEER CO­MICS AT JUST FOR LAUGHS 2018

Fugues - - Newsmakers_By Richard Burnett -

Be­side Todd Glass and Mat­teo Lane, here are some queer co­mics ap­pea­ring at this year’s edi­tion of the Just For Laughs Fes­ti­val: Aus­tra­lian co­me­dian Han­nah Gad­sby crea­ted a glo­bal phe­no­me­non with her mas­ter­piece, Na­nette, which ear­ned her Aus­tra­lia’s most pres­ti­gious co­me­dy award ‘The Bar­ry’ for Best Show at the 2017 Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tio­nal Co­me­dy Fes­ti­val, as well was the world’s big­gest prize for live co­me­dy, the Best Co­me­dy Show award at the Edin­burgh Fes­ti­val Fringe. The show went on to sell out two sea­sons in Lon­don and a th­ree-month run in New York where it was des­cri­bed by the New York Times as “a ri­ve­ting New York de­but at So­Ho Play­house that an­nounces a ma­jor new voice.” In 2018, Na­nette will be re­lea­sed on Net­flix world­wide, and her vi­sit to Mon­treal for Just for Laughs will be the last time Han­nah per­forms Na­nette on the stage. Her last live per­for­mance of this ac­clai­med show will take place at JFL on Ju­ly 26 at the Mai­son Theatre. For­tune Feim­ster is a wri­ter, co­me­dian and ac­tress who made her TV de­but on NBC’s LastCo­micS­tan­ding in 2010. Bet­ween 2015 and 2017 she star­red as Co­lette on The Min­dyP­ro­ject, as well as crea­ted and star­red in the Ti­na Fey-pro­du­ced pi­lot Fa­mi­lyFor­tune for ABC. Feim­ster stars in her so­lo show at JFL from Ju­ly 25 to 28 at Salle Claude-Lé­veillée at Place des Arts. Los An­geles-ba­sed To­ron­to na­tive Sa­bri­na Ja­lees got her start on Ca­na­dian shows such as Mu­chMu­sic’sVi­deoOnT­rial and YTV’sInRealLife, has tou­red North Ame­ri­ca, En­gland, South Afri­ca, and per­for­med at Just For Laughs se­ve­ral times. She brings her so­lo show to JFL at Ka­ta­kombes from Ju­ly 23 to 28. Co­me­dian, ac­tor, and New York Times Best­sel­ling wri­ter, Tig No­ta­ro, is per­for­ming at Just For Laughs this sum­mer. No­ta­ro is re­co­gni­zed for her cri­ti­cal­ly ac­clai­med se­mi-au­to­bio­gra­phi­cal Ama­zon se­ries, OneMis­sis­sip­pi, which she wrote, pro­du­ced, and star­red in, as well as her second Net­flix spe­cial, Hap­py ToBeHere, re­lea­sed to high praises last month. The Gram­my and Em­my no­mi­na­ted co­mic is re­tur­ning to JFL for the third time in her de­co­ra­ted ca­reer, with her new one hour show at L'Olym­pia on Ju­ly 25th. 6 RICHAR BURNETT

The Just For Laughs Fes­ti­val runs from Ju­ly 11 to 29. For more in­for­ma­tion and ti­ckets, vi­sit www.ha­ha­ha.com. Read Richard Burnett’s na­tio­nal quee­ris­sues co­lumn Th­ree Dol­lar Bill on­line at www.bug­sbur­nett.blog­spot.com.

FOR­TUNE FEIM­STER HAN­NAH GAD­SBY SA­BRI­NA JA­LEES TIG NO­TA­RO

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