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  • Writer's pictureAlexa Bouhelier-Ruelle

Big Perf Comedy Festival: Unleashing laughter on the Croisette

Prepare to have your funny bone tickled as the Big Perf Comedy Festival descends upon the glitz and glamour of Cannes from June 28th to July 1st.

After music and cinema, comedy is making a pit-stop in Cannes, from Montreux Comedy, where the crème de la crème of comedic talent usually converges in the stunning Swiss Riviera. This much-anticipated event promises a blend of side-splitting humour and extravagant experiences, creating a unique fusion of laughter and luxury on the steps of the Palais des Festivals. "Montreux Comedy - Cap au Sud" casts a spotlight on the finest francophone comedic talents, drawing both established stars and rising comedians from around the globe. With a diverse lineup of stand-up performances, improv shows, and hilarious sketches, attendees are in for a laughter-filled extravaganza like no other.

After 43 years of existence, the ‘Festival Performance Acteur,’ which brought the Parisian Comedy club scene to Cannes, has become 'Big Perf.' Now produced by the team behind Montreux Comedy, the comedy festival is working with the City of Creativity and putting comedy writing front and centre, including a comedy writing masterclass. The prestigious event blends the allure of luxury with the power of laughter, captivating audiences with unforgettable performances. From unique stand-up routines to improv shows, the festival's diverse lineup of comedic geniuses ensures a laughter-filled extravaganza. Present on stage will be eight comedians: Merwane Benlazar, Pierre Thevenoux, Laurie Peret, Ilyes Djadel, Urbain, Charlotte Boisselier, and La Bajon. The Montreux Comedy Festival is known as a testament to the harmonious fusion of opulence and humour, leaving a lasting impression on all who experience its magical ambience.

Cannes, the "City of Creativity" provides the perfect backdrop for unforgettable moments of laughter and pure entertainment, anchored in a bigger project that is Cannes On Air. The Big Perf Comedy Festival is a celebration of the universal language of laughter, fostering a sense of community and camaraderie among comedy enthusiasts and industry professionals alike. Panel discussions, workshops, and Q&A sessions allow attendees to delve deeper into the world of comedy, gaining insights into the craft from the masters themselves.


Beyond the stand-up performances, the festival offers a varied line-up to discover podcast creation with Canadian Mike Ward (in French), this second edition also focuses on fiction projects dedicated to screenwriters, exclusive masterclasses on comedy writing, as well as a cultural mediation with comedian William Pilet.


With its seamless blend of comedy and luxury, the festival exemplifies the art of entertainment elevated to new heights. It reminds us that laughter is not only a source of joy but also a reflection of sophistication and refined taste. So, mark your calendars and get ready to experience the Big Perf Comedy Festival, where you are sure to be amused, delighted, and left with memories that will keep you smiling long after the festival's final curtain call.


BIG PERF Cannes

28 June - 1 July

For a full programme of events and the complete line-up, visit the Big Perf website.


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