Thursday, July 9, 2009

Bill Brownstein Picks The Just for Laughs Festival's Biggest And Funniest Stars

My favorites are the following:

John Cleese

Presided over 2006 fest gala and was already huge before his box-office smash, A Fish Called Wanda. Those of a certain age will always remember Cleese's contributions to culture with England's zany Monty Python troupe. After leaving Python, he created and starred in the gut-splitting Fawlty Towers sitcom. Apart from penning books on psychology, teaching comedy at Cornell University and performing stand-up, Cleese is gadget-king Q in the James Bond flicks. At 6-foot 5, he towers over most comics in size as well. Cleese is the Britcom Gala host, July 22 at 7 p.m. at Théâtre St. Denis.

Bill Cosby

Did two solo, sold-out concerts at Just for Laughs in 2006. Considered by many to be the reigning king of American comedy. No one can touch the Cos for credits for discs, TV, films and concerts. Was the first African-American to land a starring role in a TV drama - I Spy. Then in the top-rated The Bill Cosby Show, The New Bill Cosby Show, Cos and The Cosby Show, he debunked racial stereotypes while delivering laughs and promoting family values. One of America's most influential stars. Cosby does two solo shows, July 25 at 6 and 9 p.m. at Salle Wilfrid Pelletier in Place des Arts.

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