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Just for Laughs 2013: Le Bilingual Show at l'Astral

Posted by Christine / July 28, 2013

20130723-BilingJFL.JPG It was 9:30 p.m. last Tuesday at l'Astral when I saw the first comedy show to combine Just for Laughs (JFL) and Juste pour rire: Le Bilingual Show.

I went to this show under the assumption that half the comedians would be speaking French and the other half English. I was pleasantly surprised that infact all the comedians were bilingual and spoke both languages throughout their sets. Sometimes, they would begin in one language then perform the next half in the other. Other times, they switched quickly between the two, speaking what is commonly referred to as "Franglais."

Hosted by the charismatic Mike Ward (an anglophone who grew up in Quebec City), this show included a diverse line-up of bilingual comics, which included: one Brit, one U.S. citizen, one Montrealer, and two francophones from Quebec.

Of course, jokes about the local language tensions were made. "People who are afraid to loose their language usually only speak one language," said Mike. "Because if they loose it, they won't be able to speak at all." He went on to reason that the more languages one knows, the better.

Mike Paterson of Musique Plus has a screechy voice that ends on an upward inflection as though he's asking a question. Think Charlie Day. He spoke French with an English accent that was exaggerated for comedic effect. "Did you know the runner-up of Pope Idol was a French Canadian," he said. "In the chalice, instead of wine it would be Labatt 50."

Eric Lampaert is a thin, long-haired British comic who wore slacks and a dress shirt with a vest. His look was an updated version of the dandy. "In England "Where's Waldo" is called "Where's Wally"... I was once talking to someone from Sweden and I asked him what "Where's Wally" was called in Sweden," said Eric. "... and he said. "Who's Wally?"... I think that would be a completely different book. We've found Wally, but has he found himself?"

Jean-Thomas Jobin began his set in English and finished in French. He described how women use "I have a headache" as an excuse not to be intimate, but in contrast, his partner says, "Don't touch me again. I don't have a headache and I don't want one."

Following Jean-Thomas' set there was a break and in the spirit of this show, I decided that this would be an appropriate time to consume something that was definitively local: poutine. I've got to say, for a venue, l'Astral makes a surprisingly good version. It had a subtle taste of onion, which enhanced the dish perfectly.

Joey Elias of CJAD was the definite crowd-favorite and my personal favorite. He joked about the fact that in French, objects have a gender and punctuated his point by looking for a hole in the chair onstage to identify it as female. Joey was excellent at improvising, which is an important quality when interacting with the audience. One audience member mentioned they had a chapeau on a letter in their name. "... a chapeau?" he asked incredulously. "Even the accents in french are fashionable!"

Sylvain Larocque's humor was boldly self-deprecating. He opened by saying, "I'm a comic, but I look like a serial killer." He also described himself as a cross between Bruce Willis and Homer Simpson. He mentioned that, when people see him, they say, "C'est Shrek!"

More information on the event's official JFL page.

Photograph taken by yours truly.

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