Just for Laughs is a Canadian comedy festival which is held every summer in Montreal.
On July 26th, 2012, the Muppets performed two live shows at the Just for Laughs festival. An hour-long television special of the show, entitled The Muppets All-Star Comedy Gala, was televised on December 24, 2012 on the Comedy Network in Canada. The program also aired in Australia, bearing the title The Muppets in Montreal and featuring new framing material with comedian Paul McDermott. The original special was officially released on Hulu on March 20, 2014.
The Muppets hosted performances by comedians John Heffron, Adam Hills, Tommy Johnagin, and Caroline Rhea (show 1) and Danny Bhoy, Mike Birbiglia, Jim Breuer, Ryan Hamilton and Steve Patterson (show 2).
Kermit was quoted in a press release:
|Kermit comes out from the behind the curtain to introduce the show leading into a performance of "The Muppet Show Theme" (with slightly altered lyrics reflecting the Canadian setting) by Kermit, Fozzie, Rowlf, Scooter, Pepe, Floyd, Gonzo, Lew Zealand, Statler and Waldorf.|
|Kermit welcomes the audience and introduces the opening number. Beauregard, Scooter, Fozzie, Gonzo, and Pepe sing "Canada Is" with facts about Canada collected from typical Americans by Sam Eagle.|
| ||Kermit introduces Cirque du Soleil, but Scooter informs him that Cirque and Soleil have canceled, leaving them with just Du (Sweetums). Gonzo offers his unique chicken act - Cirque du Poulet- in their place.|
| John Heffron perform stand-up (show 1).|
Danny Bhoy perform stand-up (show 2).
|The Swedish Chef has a heart attack after eating his own poutine. Lew Zealand attempts to defibrillate him.|
| Adam Hills perform stand-up about the Swedish Chef (show 1).|
Mike Birbiglia performs stand up (show 2).
|Floyd has Animal deliver a punchline to Kermit.|
| Tommy Johnagin performs stand-up (show 1).|
Jim Breuer performs stand-up (show 2).
|Miss Piggy is carried in on a litter by a group of mounties. Kermit and Miss Piggy sing "Muskrat Love."|
| Caroline Rhea performs stand-up (show 1).|
Ryan Hamilton performs stand-up (show 2).
|Walter introduces Fozzie Bear's comedy act; Fozzie performs a stand-up comedy routine only to be heckled by Statler and Waldorf.|
|Rowlf sings "I Never Harmed an Onion."|
| ||Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker present the latest invention from Muppet Labs - the "French-Canadian Culture Immerser." Beaker steps into the machine, and Bunsen enters his name, nationality, and age; but Bunsen forgets to enter Beaker's weight, and out steps a seven-foot tall Beaker, played by Youppi, the mascot of hockey’s Montréal Canadiens.|
| Rowlf performs impressions of Donald Trump (show 1).|
Steve Patterson performs stand-up (show 2).
|The Great Gonzo debuts Cirque du Poulet - an act that attempts to make chickens fly (using rocket technology and gun powder); however Crazy Harry gets carried away and blows the chickens up.|
|Kermit and Miss Piggy sing "The Rainbow Connection" with Piggy trying to sing in French. They are later joined by Floyd, Pepe, Gonzo, Scooter, Walter, Fozzie, Animal and two chickens.|
|The cast comes out and takes a bow as the closing theme plays.|
- Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Miss Piggy, Rowlf the Dog, Scooter, Pepe the King Prawn, Beauregard, Sam Eagle, The Swedish Chef, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Beaker, Sweetums, Animal, Floyd Pepper, Lew Zealand, Crazy Harry, Walter, Statler and Waldorf, Camilla and the Chickens
- Ryan Hamilton, Jim Breuer, Mike Birbiglia, John Heffron, Danny Bhoy, Adam Hills, Tommy Johnagin, Tom Papa, Caroline Rhea, Steve Patterson, and Pete Zedlacher
- Steve Whitmire as Kermit the Frog, Beaker, Statler
- Dave Goelz as Gonzo, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Waldorf, Beauregard
- Bill Barretta as Rowlf the Dog, Swedish Chef, Pepe the King Prawn
- Eric Jacobson as Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, Sam Eagle, Animal
- Matt Vogel as Floyd Pepper, Crazy Harry, Lew Zealand, Camilla
- David Rudman as Scooter
- Peter Linz as Walter
- Rob Mills
- Pier Paquette
- Fred Stinson
- ↑ Equities.com - From Montréal with Laughs: New Original Series JUST FOR LAUGHS: ALL ACCESS Premieres January 7 on The Comedy Network, December 6, 2012
- ↑ YouTube video of Australian airing
- ↑ Bell Media - Comedy, June 28, 2012
- The Muppets All-Star Comedy Gala on The Comedy Network