Nothing induces acute FOMO like visiting Montreal the one time in your life just days before the Just For Laughs festival begins. Such is the case with this particular contributor, but Just For Laughs did the next best thing and released previously unseen footage from over the course of the festival’s more than 30 year history. With the help of new partner Maker Studios, JFL launched a revamped YouTube channel with vintage sets from comedians like Louis C.K., Bill Burr, Dave Chappelle, and Chris Rock, among many others.
The release is an interesting look into the premier showcase for comedy talent, serving up sets from current superstars when they were just young and fresh-faced up-and-comers trying to figure themselves out. There are sets from a pre-Rosewater Jon Stewart and an absurdist Louis C.K. when he still wore blazers. There are even sets from gone-too-soon heroes Bill Hicks and Mitch Hedberg.
Starting this week, JFL plans to release three videos per week as well as cultivating original content from some of the recent years’ festivals. Check out the playlist below and revel in the delight that is nervous comedians trying not to bomb in front of Canadians.