The ground is thawing, the birds are copulating, and comedy fans across the land are crunching the numbers to see if they’ve got room in their yearly budget for a trip to comedy nerd-vana—the annual Just For Laughs festival in Montreal.

It’s a guarantee that the fest will include a sizable handful of the world’s best comics, but with comedy being as healthy as it is these days there’s a huge pool of talent to choose from, leaving us wondering who will get the call. Today we’ve learned of two joke masters making the trip, a trip that’s extra far because they’re both from the fabled continent of Europe.

Fest fave Jimmy Carr, and “French Seinfeld” Gad Elmaleh will both be bring their live shows to Montreal at the end of July for what will most certainly be a hilarious run!

Among the most respected and best-loved comedians working in Britain today, Jimmy Carr is one of the biggest selling live acts in UK comedy and could be seen recently on Showtime special The Nasty Show, recorded last summer in Montreal. The master of deadpan one-liners brings his international tour and all-new stand-up show, Funny Business, which has seen him perform to over 300,000 people worldwide, to Le Gesù in Montreal from July 25-30 with 5 performances.

Gad Elmaleh is arguably the biggest and most loved comedic star in France. He transcends cultural boundaries with his wry observations and colourful characterizations and in recent years has performed to sold-out audiences in Miami, Los Angeles and New York. Oh My Gad, his new stand-up show entirely in English, builds upon the jokes that made him famous overseas and includes new observations from his life in America. Don’t miss Gad’s 4 performances at Le Gesù in Montreal from July 26-29.

The presale for each show begun! Head over to and use presale password: JFLMTL

If the idea of a presale scares you for some reason, the public onsale starts April 6 at 10am. Stay tuned for further JFL news!