Volunteer Work (Former Employee) – Montréal, QC – 23 October 2018
I had a great time working with just for laughs. They taught me how to multi-task, not crack under presure and be responsible. I would arrive to the hotel then check the schedule then meet the comedians that were staying at the hotel then make sure the comedians had everything they wanted then I would make sure that the comedians got the transportation they needed and they know what to do and their schedules. My manager was so nice to me and she taugh me a lot about the work. The hardest thing I had to do was multitask, I had many resposibilites as a volunteer and I needed MY a game. I enjoyed every second and would definetly do it agian.
I was a volunteer but everything about this experience was positive.
Promotion / Office work (Former Employee) – Montréal, QC – 7 October 2015
From the time meetings started, to the time we started promotional work to the festival itself and the follow up office work; Just For Laughs was one of the most enriching experiences I've had. Everyone I worked with was hard working and industrious and always up for challenges which kept us on our toes. The hardest part of this job was how short of a contract it was.
Internship (Former Employee) – Montreal – 27 May 2014
You would think an iconic festival like Just for Laughs would be profitable but they struggle, even with government funding. You can't even get the graphic department to print something for you without paying them because it would go onto their costs and departments fight to keep costs down. The person who hired me was not getting paid, I was not getting paid and I was recruiting volunteers for events (not paid). I stopped going when they didn't have any work for me besides shuffling magic cards. They had too many interns and I was not up to fight for jobs when I don't learn anything or get paid. They do give out free tickets to shows here and there on a first come first serve basis to employees. If you are planning on doing an internship there, make sure you grab responsibilities whenever you can and make sure whoever is hiring you does not have 5 interns and is going to actually teach you.
Fast-paced and challenging work. Work-life balance is a real challenge during Festival period. Expect to work many more hours than the standard work week and deal with challenging pressures and deadlines