“You see, just for a laugh, I got this idea of bringing together in one place a bunch of people who like to laugh with a bunch of people who like to make others laugh.”- Gilbert Rozon, 1983.
At Just For Laughs, we take humour seriously. Our Festival has become a world-renowned entertainment landmark, recognized for the quality of its content and the professionalism of its staff.
Gilbert Rozon decided to create a comedy extravaganza – a worldwide first – to propagate good humour and bring the gift of laughter to as many people as possible. On July 14, 1983 he launched this singular concept: Just for kicks, just for the thrill of it, just for fun and, ultimately, Just For Laughs. For four days, 16 artists performed 35 shows on four stages. Twenty five years later, nearly 2000 artists and over 2 million people take part in the event, which is broadcast to millions of faithful fans all over the world.
What’s the real reason for the ongoing success of the Festival? Our philosophy is that comedy can be reinvented year after year and that laughter is a key element in bringing together people from all walks of life.
Just For Laughs now produces festivals in Nantes (France), Toronto (Canada), Bermuda and will soon take on Chicago. JFL is also one of the largest producers at the Edinburgh Festival.
Our company is also active in other areas of entertainment, managing close to fifty artists and producing shows and tours around the world including approximately 15 shows a year in the UK, 15 in France and about 20 in North America.
Just For Laughs also produces award-winning TV shows which have been broadcast in 140 countries and carried by 95 airlines world-wide, an unprecedented success, reaching millions of viewers across the globe. The gags series has become the number 1 comedy show in the world.
With offices in Montreal, Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, London and Brighton, the Just For Laughs team has more than 200 permanent employees.