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Live from Montreal…SNL hits Just for Laughs!

The time has finally come. This is the week some of Saturday Night Live’s brightest (and ballsiest) comedians arrive in town to reduce us to tears and leave us begging for more. What’s that? Don’t think they can do it?  Think nothing can top last year’s visit from Bill Hader? Think again. These three have got what it takes, and we’ve got the proof.

Taran Killam is still a relatively fresh face over at SNL, having joined in 2010 after stints on MadTV and Scrubs, but he clearly loves his job. At first glance, this video created in the wee hours of the morning seems little more than a lighthearted homage to Robyn’s dance hit “Call Your Girlfriend.” When played side-by-side with the original, however, its true genius becomes readily apparent. He’s got all the moves down pat, and daresay, has improved upon the original. Nicely done, Killam. Nicely done.

If you missed his multiple visits to Weekend Update as that orange Jersey girl Snookie…and his other visits as misinformed informant Anthony Crispino…all you need to hear are Bobby Moynihan’s plans for the Alf feature film to know his mind is a playground where the sandbox goes unsupervised. And frankly, he just seems like the kind of guy it’d be fun to sit around and chat with. Humble and hilarious – could there be a better combination?

Seth Meyers needs no introduction. As head writer of SNL since 2006 and recently announced successor to Jimmy Fallon when he leaves Late Night in 2014, he’s more than earned a spot in this year’s Just For Laughs line-up. But frankly, having the love of the hilarious Weekend Update City Correspondent Stefon just puts him over the top. If you missed their final goodbyes, check out this clip for the big send-off. This may have marked Bill Hader’s last appearance on SNL and the conclusion to their long-standing romantic tension, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed for a movie…or maybe even a reunion between the two at this years JFL…??

The best news of all is that you can get two for the price of one, when Moynihan and Killam team-up to host the Talk of the Fest this Thursday July 25th. Their 7pm and 10pm Club Soda shows will feature a variety of acts including Todd Barry, Brent Morin and Erica Sigurdsen, while Meyers headlines his own Gala this Wednesday the 24th, with fellow JFL writer John Mulaney joining in on the fun.

Tickets are still available at or by calling the Just For Laughs box office at 514-845-2322.  Look for more JFL coverage in the days to follow here at The Rover.

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