Published on June 3rd, 2010 | by Sharilyn Johnson


On ur website, navig8in’ smoothly.

I was nothing if not outspoken about last year’s website for the inaugural Zoofest, the “alternative” programming arm of Just For Laughs Montreal. It was a piece of Flash trash, nearly impossible to read, navigate, or just plain believe.

So I had limited hopes for the new version, which was unveiled along with the bulk of the Zoofest lineup this week. The verdict? It’s lookin’ damn good.

And it’s not just the aesthetics. Unlike last year, it’s possible to search for shows by date, and view daily lineups as a grid. Soon it’ll be possible to view the whole Zoofest at a glance, allowing the print-and-highlight method of planning that was impossible last year. Plus, the “buy tickets” links actually work.

It still needs some tweaks (the link to the venues map is defective, and the browsing could benefit from a French/English filter), but we can chalk this up as a victory for learning from past mistakes.

So for all those Montreal-bound, head over to Zoofest.ca and find out how you can see fabulous folks like Paul F. Tompkins, Andy Kindler, Rob Riggle, and on and on.

About the Author

is the author of the book Bears & Balls: The Colbert Report A-Z. Called "one of the city’s most discriminating comedy critics” by NOW Magazine, Sharilyn has been covering comedy for longer than she cares to admit. She served as the comedy reporter for Winnipeg's Uptown Magazine for five years, and was the host of the radio show Laugh Tracks for three seasons. Her work has also appeared in the Toronto Star, the Winnipeg Free Press, The Apiary, and on CBC Radio's national comedy programs LOL and Definitely Not the Opera.

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