Neil Patrick Harris, Trevor Noah to Host Just For Laughs Galas
'Glee' star Jane Lynch will also emcee in Montreal, while Mike Myers, Kevin Hart and Dave Chappelle are set to pick up awards.
Neil Patrick Harris knows how to put on a show, so the Academy Awards host, The Daily Show heir Trevor Noah and Glee star Jane Lynch are each set to emcee the Just For Laughs galas in July.
The comedy trio were named Tuesday as part of the Montreal festival's initial talent lineup. Harris, an Emmy- and Tony-winning actor, will host the closing night gala, Noah will emcee the July 23 gala and Lynch will host her own July 22 gig, all at the Place des Arts in Montreal.
Fest organizers also booked Saturday Night Live alum Rob Schneider, Bill Burr, Veep star Patton Oswalt, Margaret Cho and Chelsea Lately panelist Natasha Leggero for their own solo shows in Montreal. On the awards front, Canadian-born comedy legend Mike Myers will receive a lifetime achievement award in Montreal.
Myers will also make his Just For Laughs festival debut on July 24 with An Evening with Mike Myers, where the Hollywood star looks back over a 40-year career from humble comedic roots in suburban Toronto. Other prize-giving at the JFL Awards Show on July 24 includes Dave Chappelle getting the inaugural Generation Award, while Get Hard star Kevin Hart earns the comedy person of the year trophy.
Elsewhere, Veep's Oswalt will receive the stand-up comic of the year award, Oscar-winner Armando Iannucci the comedy writer of the year prize, while Bridesmaids star Ellie Kemper will pick up the breakout comedy star of the year award.
Just For Laughs organizers are to make additional lineup announcements ahead of the 2015 edition, which runs July 8-28 in Montreal.