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Published on May 30th, 2012 | by Sharilyn Johnson

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Just for Laughs Montreal: hotel deadline day!

Just a quick PSA to all the industry types, visitors and/or artists who aren’t getting their hotels paid for:

Today (May 30) is the final day for the cheap rate at the official Just For Laughs hotel, the Hyatt. Rooms start at $179, which is as low as you’ll ever get it for during the Festival. Reservations don’t require payment in advance, but must be booked through the JFL Comedy Conference site.

There are plenty of more cost-efficient alternatives in the general area, but the closer you are to the Hyatt, the easier life will be for you.

Be advised that the Travelodge around the corner reached “never again” status from Third Beat last year. Groups of comics are already booking at the Quality Inn. There are also deals to be had at mid-priced chains around rue Sherbrooke, which is still walking distance, including at JFL’s former home the Delta Centre-Ville.

If you’re a first-timer looking for advice from a seven-year vet, please feel free to comment here or email sharilyn@third-beat.com.

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Also on the topic of the JFL Comedy Conference, details of the daytime sessions are slowly being added. One surprise: multiple sessions being booked against each other (the Podfathers session up against the Adam Carolla Podcast. If there’s one thing JFL does well, it’s scheduling Awesome Things against Other Awesome Things, so it looks like we all have some decisions to make this year.

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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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