well read - The 30th Montreal Just For Laughs Festival

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Head to Montreal to see a host of comedians and their wonderful way with words at the 30th Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, July 10-29.

 

Comedy is Canada’s number one cultural export; she sends her best and brightest talents over the border and across the pond, where they create, write, and star worldwide.


Some of the festival highlights include CBC’s The Debaters, which pits some of the Festival’s funniest comedic minds against each other at L’Astral Theatre; and the Festival’s Homegrown Show, the annual showcase of the next generation of Canadian comedy stars, selected from their hometowns across the country to perform at Place des Arts.


Performances this year include comedians Kevin Hart, Aziz Ansari, Bill Hader, John Pinette, Lewis Black, Jim Gaffigan, Patton Oswalt, Wayne Brady, Mario Cantone, Jeff Garlin, Jim Jefferies, and Jimmy Carr.

 


Book reviews

Not Taco Bell Material
By Adam Carolla

In his second book, American radio personality, television host, comedian, and actor Adam Carolla reveals all the stories behind how he came to be the angry middle-aged man he is today. Despite being on the Hollywood scene for more than 15 years, he’s still connected to the working-class guy he once was, and delivers a raw and edgy take on the world he lives in. The anecdotes here follow Adam’s journey and the hilarious pitfalls along the way.
Crown Archetype

 

Curbing It
By Jeff Garlin

Jeff Garlin dedicated the filming of an entire season of the HBO comedy hit Curb Your Enthusiasm to completely making over his lifestyle in two major ways – by lightening his physical and his ecological footprints. After many false starts, he believes that writing a book about the experiment is the only possible way to help him lose weight and go green. The hardest part of the endeavour is overcoming his food addiction, and as far as going green, Jeff has a lot to learn.
Gallery Books

 

Zombie Spaceship Wasteland
By Patton Oswalt

Stand-up comedian, writer, and actor Patton Oswalt offers a fascinating look into his unusual mindscape. Oswalt combines memoir with humour, from snow forts to gifts from grandma that hadto be explained. He remembers his teen summers spent working in a movie Cineplex and his early years doing stand-up. Then there’s the book’s centrepiece, which claims that all young creative minds will home in on one of three storylines: zombies, spaceships, or wastelands.
Scribner

 

The Prince Of Two Tribes
By Seán Cullen

Seán Cullen is a Canadian comedian known for combining improvisation with mimicry and music. Outside performance, Cullen has written a series of novels for young adults, including the ‘Chronicles of the Misplaced Prince’ series. In the second book in that series, The Prince of Two Tribes, the protagonist Brendan discovers that his troubles are only beginning. He has to prove his worthiness to the Faerie World in a series of difficult tests, and he’s having trouble mastering even the simplest of skills.
Puffin Books

 

Only Joking: What’s So Funny About Making People Laugh?
By Jimmy Carr and Lucy Greeves

As one of the premier stand-up acts working today, award-winning comedian Jimmy Carr has won over millions of fans with his razor-sharp wit. For this book, he teams up with friend and fellow comedy writer Lucy Greeves to take an in-depth look at where humour comes from and how it works, through exploring its purest form: the joke. The result is an exploration of humour that shows clearly why we need a good laugh now more than ever.
Gotham Books

 



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