Don Rickles

Illustration for Opening Trailer

Just for Laughs is a comedy festival held each July in Montreal, Canada. Founded in 1983, it is the largest international comedy festival in the world. Just For Laughs films many performances and the TV productions from these tapings air regularly on CBC Television, The Comedy Network, TVA and YTV. The shows feature stand-up performances from the festival and sometimes include “canned bits” shot on location around Montreal.

We were commissioned to create the opening trailer of Don Rickles’ JFL show. The concept was developed around one of his famous quote : “I’ve always pictured myself facing the audience as the matador.” We imagined an old fashioned style animation within a corrida/theatre where the host would tease the public bulls. I had the chance to illustrate every one of the Saul Bass inspired characters and titles.


Concept : Mélanie Boudreau Blanchard, Marion Favier, Mathieu Tremblay
Design & Illustrations : Anaïs Favier
Animation : Olivier Bussière, Marion Favier
Project management : Mélanie Boudreau Blanchard
Studio direction : Galilé Marion-Gauvin