Judd Apatow among Just Comedy headliners

Just for Laughs unveils conference lineup

OTTAWA -- Comedy producer-director Judd Apatow, "Juno" helmer Jason Reitman and his father, Ivan, will headline Just for Laughs' inaugural Just Comedy conference, running in conjunction with the upcoming 16th annual Just for Laughs festival in Montreal.

Just for Laughs organizers also announced Tuesday a lineup of Hollywood heavyweights lined up for the annual fete that includes Seth Rogen ("Knocked Up"), "South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, "The Late Late Show" host Craig Ferguson, actor-comedian Larry Miller, Jimmy Fallon, Russell Brand ("Forgetting Sarah Marshall") and "The Office's" Craig Robinson.

In addition, improv legend Ryan Stiles will be at the festival for the first time, joining Greg Proops in "Stiles & Proops: Unplanned"; actor Danny Hoch will present Taking Over, a one-man play about characters in a Brooklyn neighborhood; and author-comedian Greg Behrendt will host the Relationship Show.

The two-day Just Comedy conference will take place at the Hyatt Hotel in Montreal from July 17-18. Apatow, who wrote, directed and produced "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," will receive the conference's first Comedy Person of the Year award, while the Reitmans will participate in an "In Conversation" segment with conference participants.

"The business of funny is big business," conference organizer Deborah Day said. "A conference gathering leaders in the genre is an idea whose time has come. The response by the industry has been tremendous and we are expecting a strong turn out for the event."

The conference was the brainchild of Just for Laughs founder Gilbert Rozon, who has teamed with Achilles Media, which runs the annual Banff World Television Festival, to make the idea a reality.

Just for Laughs runs June 27-July 20 at venues in Montreal.
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