Hannah Gadsby, Howie Mandel among headliners for JFL's free online festival
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Hannah Gadsby, Howie Mandel among headliners for JFL's free online festival

Last Updated Sep 10, 2020 at 12:54 pm ADT

MONTREAL — Just For Laughs has unveiled a lineup featuring more than 100 artists for its first free online festival.

After cancelling in-person performances over COVID-19 concerns, the Montreal-based comedic institution will host a slate of stand-up shows, panel discussions and other events set to go online on Oct. 9 and 10.

Headliners include Australian stand-up star Hannah Gadsby, Canadian comedian Howie Mandel, “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris, “Chelsea Lately” alum Jo Koy and viral Donald Trump impersonator Sarah Cooper.

Also among the highlights are “Nailed It!” host Nicole Byer, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” actor Titus Burgess, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” writer/performer Amber Ruffin and the cast of “Canada’s Drag Race.”

JFL also announced that Kevin Hart’s Laugh out Loud network will be the official programming partner for the festival, which will include special programming as part of the “Comedy in Color” franchise.

Online audiences can tune in at www.hahaha.com/en/2020festival. Organizers say further details will be announced in coming weeks.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Sept. 10, 2020.

The Canadian Press

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