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2024 Just for Laughs comedy festival cancelled, company seeks creditor protection


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In a news release sent Tuesday, organizers said they plan to “maintain JPR’s operations, albeit in a scaled-down format” as they restructure the event.

Financial difficulties have forced company to ‘restructure,’ organizers say

A stuffed animal of the Just for Laughs character.
Lost revenue during two years of the global pandemic contributed to the company’s financial struggles, organizers said. (Vivien Gaumand)

The Montreal company that operates the Just for Laughs comedy festival has cancelled the 2024 edition of the event after filing a notice of intention to make a proposal to creditors — a formal process under Canada’s Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act. 

In a news release sent Tuesday, Groupe Juste pour rire inc. (JPR) said it plans to “maintain JPR’s operations, albeit in a scaled-down format” as organizers restructure the event. 

“Once the restructuring is completed, we hope that the festival will take place in 2025,” the statement reads.

The company cited lost revenues during two years of the global pandemic and challenges facing the media industry, particularly reduced budgets at networks and streaming platforms, as reasons for restructuring. 

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