Zoofest celebrates its 10th edition

Mélanie Jannard

If you love a laugh and edgy entertainment, you’ll want to soak up everything at this year’s jam-packed Zoofest. Happening from July 5 to 28, 2018, at the same time as the Just for Laughs festival (as always), this good-time, OFF-JFL fest offers the huge variety of bilingual shows we’ve come to expect from it over the last 10 happy years.

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Laughs and look-backs

With over 200 high-octane and affordable shows in its roster in 20-plus locations around Montréal, Zoofest 2018 is a must for anyone looking to discover the city’s up-and-coming performance and comedy scene. In addition to the laughs, you can see plays, interviews, panel discussions – there are even escape games. Anything that puts you in touch with your inner child!

In this 10th edition, there’s a spirit of nostalgia in the air – some performers from past editions are back by popular demand, including Deanne Smith, Montréal’s own Mike Ward and lip sync crew extraordinaire Never Surrender. Expect lots of ‘80s hits! Then there’s Friends: The Rerun, a live read that pokes fun at the iconic ‘90s TV show. And to balance out all that hindsight, there are lots of brand new faces to discover, unrepped, sketch-ready and fresh out of the box.

Shining stars

There’s LOTS not to be missed in this celebratory edition, including the internationally acclaimed stand-up show of storytelling queen Mae Martin, the one-man show by Neal Brennan, who’s bringing his Here We Go Tour to Montréal, and The Mindy Project’s Fortune Feimster – she’s coming to crush Montréal stages with her acclaimed solo act. The much-buzzed stand-up comedian Brad Williams is coming to share what all the fuss is about too! For a drag extravaganza to remember, don’t miss Crystal Slippers onstage – already iconic in Montréal. And hilarity onscreen happens on Video Island, a glamorous night at the cinema featuring comedy shorts by Montréal’s best fresh talents.

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For more info on the complete, juicy programme and to purchase tickets, head on over to Zoofest.

Mélanie Jannard

Mélanie Jannard is a freelancing reviser and writer in the cultural field and offers lectures in schools, libraries and book fairs, mostly for a teenage audience. For over two years, she's been managing a book-loving community and hosts a literary YouTube channel. She is also an author and has published a book of poetry in 2017. For many years, Mélanie has been living in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve neighbourhood in Montréal.