In a once-off special, the Montreal Just For Laughs Showcase featured a few of the festival's finest local comedians, each performer peachy-keen to strut their stuff. As expected, Just For Laughs worked to highlight the lesser-known splendours of this year's festival bill. Sarah Kendall, Ronny Chieng and Harley Breen's sets were the stand-outs, the miniature gala an enjoyable cross-section of comics overall. Muso-comics Smart Casual staged a satisfying finale, marked by short-but-sweet songs and Roger David's fits of hyper-exaggerated gyrating.
The only major drawback was the length of the event. With eleven comics at seven minutes each, the showcase was always going to run a little bit overtime. Somehow Just For Laughs blew out to a 1.5 hour running time. In most cases, such an oversight would not have mattered. However, the show was advertised as 'timed perfectly to fit before you head over to the Festival Club'. Picky, certainly, but scheduling is important - especially to punters with plans for fun and frivolity on their Friday night.
Overall, scheduling issues aside, the showcase was a fairly solid variety event, its selection of comics each leaving an impression on the audience.