Carrie Fisher’s had a pretty big year, what with the whole returning as Leia in the new Star Wars movie and everything. You can tell that Force to go back to sleep, though: her year’s about to peak with a very special honor at this year’s Just For Laughs comedy festival in July. Fisher will be hosting a big Videotron Gala this year, one of the festival’s signature events, on Sunday July 31. The show, sponsored by Air Canada, will feature a number of the best stand-up comedians in the world today, with Fisher as host. As always, it will be filmed for television, and like all of Just For Laugh’s Galas, the show will be held at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier in Place Des Arts.
As Just For Laughs’ press release points out, Fisher isn’t just a sci-fi princess. She’s a legitimate pop culture icon and an award-winning novelist, whose semi-autobiographical novel Postcards from the Edge was turned into an Oscar-nominated film. She also has a pretty awesome dog. The line-up of comedians for the Carrie Fisher Comedy Gala hasn’t been announced yet, but every comic on the bill will no doubt be ecstatic to meet Fisher (and her dog).
Just For Laughs is the largest comedy festival in the world. It runs in Montreal every July, and basically takes over the city the last week of that month with comedy shows at almost every available venue. Paste will update you with more info on this and other Just For Laughs show as we learn more in the coming weeks.