MONTREAL – Five things to know about Just for Laughs:
Founded: The largest international comedy festival in the world was founded in 1983 as a two-day French-language event, English acts were added two years later.
Extended: The festival increased to a full month, with Juste pour rire in the first half and Just for Laughs in the second half.
Other festivals: 2007 Just For Laughs launched a Toronto festival, followed in 2009 with Chicago and 2016 in London.
Founder: Gilbert Rozon resigned on Oct. 18 after allegations of sexual misconduct and later decided to sell his majority shares in the company.
Famed acts: Hundreds of big-name comedians have participated, including Joan Rivers, Jimmy Fallon, Kevin Hart and Amy Schumer. 2018 festival includes Jim Carrey, Trevor Noah, Judd Hirsh and Craig Ferguson.