New laughs fest organized by Quebec comedians hopes to make its debut in 2018

New laughs fest organized by Quebec comedians hopes to make its debut in 2018

Martin Petit and Marie-Christine Lachance hold up their trophy for best stage direction at the Gala Olivier awards ceremony in Montreal on May 10, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

MONTREAL — The recent sex-assault controversy involving the founder of the Just For Laughs festival has prompted the creation of a new comedy bash.

Several dozen mainly francophone Quebec comedians have joined forces to put together an alternative festival.

The new event is the creation of standup comedian Martin Petit and is expected to be launched in 2018.

Organizers admit it’s being created as “a direct response to the scandal that recently shook Quebec.”

Just For Laughs founder Gilbert Rozon recently stepped down as president of the organization following allegations from at least nine women he either sexually harassed or sexually assaulted them.

Petit says in a statement that Quebec comedians received messages on social media asking them to organize their own laughs festival.

He indicated that the Quebec and federal governments and “credible financial partners” have already expressed interest.

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