The Just for Laughs Awards Show is back, and honouring some of the world’s most impactful comedy stars! This year’s winners include Kevin Hart, Mike Myers, Patton Oswalt, Ellie Kemper and Veep creator Armando Iannucci. This ultimate insider experience, hosted by Jeff Ross, will take place on July 24 at 4:30 pm in the Grand Salon Opera at the Hyatt Regency Montreal.
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If there’s one thing Kevin Hart can do, it’s sell shoes. If there’s one thing Kevin Hart can do better than sell shoes, it’s explode into one of the foremost comedians and entertainers in the industry today.
Hart has continued to work non-stop and in 2015 Kevin will be seen in two movies and on the road for his What Now? Comedy tour. Kevin can currently be seen in Screen Gem’s The Wedding Ringer. In March Kevin stars in Get Hard, opposite Will Ferrell. In 2016 Kevin can be seen in the much anticipated Ride Along 2, the sequel to last year’s one-hundred-million-dollar blockbuster hit of the same name. The consummate worker, Hart is a force in television too, Executive Producing the show, Real Husbands of Hollywood which premiered its third season in September.
Kevin’s work ethic translate into big numbers as well for studios, as his movies for Screen Gems alone have now grossed a quarter of a billion dollars worldwide with budgets of under $75 million. Proving this is no fluke, Hart’s determination and success is simply a roll-over from a banner 2013 and ‘14 where he starred in Grudge Match for Warner Brothers, opposite Sylvester Stallone and Robert DeNiro, About Last Night, the Chris Rock directed Top Five and Think Like a Man Too, the sequel to its enormously successful predecessor, for Screen Gems. Kevin also released a feature version of his comedy show Let Me Explain.
Hart began his career sizing men and women for footwear, when a chance, electrifying performance at amateur night in a Philadelphia comedy club changed his life. Kevin quit his shoe salesman job and began performing full time at such venues as The Boston Comedy Club, Caroline’s, Stand-Up NY, The Laugh Factory, and The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. However, it was his first appearance at the “Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival” that led Kevin into roles in feature films such as Paper Soldiers, Scary Movie 3, and Along Came Polly opposite Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston.
In 2012, Hart was tapped to host the 2012 MTV VMA’s, garnering much industry praise for his appearance, before his next comedy tour, “Let Me Explain” took him to 90 American cities along with Europe and Africa. Records have not withstood under his LME tour either, as Kevin became only the second American in history to sell out London’s O2 Arena. Kevin spent the fall of 2012 filming two movies back to back: Screen Gem’s re-make of Sexual Perversity titled About Last Night, and Universal’s buddy Cop movie Ride Along, opposite Ice Cube. Kevin continued his incredible run with a starring role in Screen Gem’s Think Like A Man, a comedy based on Steve Harvey's bestselling book, which grossed $95 Million worldwide, and had a supporting role in the Universal, Nick Stoller comedy, Five Year Engagement, produced by Judd Apatow.
In September, 2011 Hart released “Laugh At My Pain,” the feature film version of his comedy tour (under the same name). The movie grossed over $7 million, and was 2011’s most successful film of those released in less than 300 theaters. The LAMP tour was so successful, it catapulted Hart to 2011’s number one comedian on Ticketmaster, and in February, 2011, he sold out the Nokia Theater for two nights in a row, breaking the record previously set by Eddie Murphy. This lead to the LAMP DVD hitting double platinum in February 2012, after being on sale for only a month.
Hart’s previous film credits include Little Fockers with Robert DeNiro and Ben Stiller, Death at a Funeral, Fool’s Gold and The 40 Year Old Virgin.
In 2009, Hart’s one-hour Comedy Central special I’m A Grown Little Man became one of the highest rated specials for the network, and in 2010, Hart’s DVD Seriously...Funny was one of the fastest selling DVDs, going triple Platinum, aided by and the Comedy Central special of the same name, which was the highest rated comedy special of 2010.
Hart’s other television credits include, hosting BET’s classic stand-up comedy series Comic View: One Mic Stand, ABC’s The Big House, which he also executive produced and wrote, and recurring roles on Love, Inc, Barbershop, and Undeclared.
With his passion for stand-up and entertainment, Hart continues to tour the country to sold-out audiences. Hart currently lives in Los Angeles with his family.
This years "HARTBEAT WEEKEND" will be my biggest yet. This will be a Labor Day for the record books in Las Vegas!!!! I'm hype as shit...
He’s established: As a comedian, Patton is currently promoting his fifth television special, Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time, to add to his four critically acclaimed albums, including Finest Hour (2012) which received a Grammy nomination for “Best Comedy Album,” as well as a Showtime one-hour special of the same name.
People listen to him: Patton provided the voice for ‘Remy’, the rat, in Pixar’s Oscar winning Ratatouille. He has also voiced characters on The Simpsons, Bob’s Burgers, Word Girl and Neighbors from Hell.
He’s a TV star: Patton played ‘Spence’ on The King of Queens on CBS for nine seasons, as well as appearing on Seinfeld, Reaper, Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Tim and Eric’s Awesome Show, Great Job! He was a series regular on Showtime’s United States of Tara, appeared as a guest star on Bored To Death and Flight of the Conchords on HBO and The Sarah Silverman Program on Comedy Central.
He knows what he’s talking about: Patton was a regular contributor to Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Real Time with Bill Maher and Lewis Black’s Root Of All Evil. .
He’s a bestselling author: Patton’s first published book Zombie Spaceship Wasteland was released in January 2011 and is a New York Times Best Seller. He recently released his memoir Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film in January of this year.
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She’s a star: Ellie Kemper is the star of the Netflix series UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT, produced by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock (30 ROCK).
She’s been around the circuit: She portrayed 'Erin Hannon' on the last 5 seasons of THE OFFICE and has a recurring role on THE MINDY PROJECT.
She also does movies: Ellie co-starred in BRIDESMAIDS and her other credits include 21 JUMP STREET, IDENTITY THIEF, THEY CAME TOGETHER and SOMEWHERE.
He’s critically acclaimed: Armando Iannucci is a writer and broadcaster who has written and produced numerous critically acclaimed television and radio comedy shows. He is currently working on series 4 of “Veep” on HBO, whose first three series have been nominated for numerous awards, including three Primetime Emmys and three Writers Guild of America Awards.
He does it all: The screenplay for Armando’s film In The Loop (starring Peter Capaldi, Tom Hollander and James Gandolfini) was nominated for an Oscar at the 2009 Academy Awards and his iconic BBC sitcom The Thick of It, has been nominated for 13 BAFTA Awards, winning 5 during its four series run. His second co-written feature, Alpha Papa, was released in the summer of 2013 to much critical acclaim.
He’s passionate: Armando has also fronted his own satirical shows, including “The Friday Night Armistice” on BBC Two, his self-titled sketch show on Channel 4 and his Radio 4 show Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive. He is also a regular on Radio 4 panel shows such as The News Quiz and The Unbelievable Truth and has worked on a number of Radio 3 shows, thanks to his passion for classical music.
He’s the Roastmaster General: It’s only fitting that the ruler of roasts would host the World Championship of Competitive Roasting at JFL. Ross has dished out disses at the last eleven Comedy Central roasts, more than any other comedian. Most recently, he hosted his most dangerous roast yet at the Brazos County Jail.
He even wrote the book on it: Ross’ book “I Only Roast the Ones I Love: A Guide to Busting Balls and Burning Bridges”, details his rise to fame and even includes tips on how to host a roast and prepare jokes for it.
He also does movies: Ross’ talents are not confined to the roasting ring; he’s also been featured in a number of hit comedies with both writing and acting credits to his name. He was recently seen on the big screen in “The Wedding Ringer” with Kevin Hart and will soon be seen in “Flock of Dudes” alongside Chris D’Elia. He also created, starred in and produced “The Burn” on Comedy Central.