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TORONTO'S COMEDY FESTIVAL
September 20 – 29, 2018 / Toronto, Ontario

JFL42 RAMPS UP THE LAUGH QUOTA WITH THE ADDITIONS OF
JACK WHITEHALL, COLIN QUINN, DESUS NICE AND THE KID MERO, JUDAH FRIEDLANDER, AND MORE!

 COMEDYCON IS BIGGER AND BETTER THAN EVER IN ITS SECOND YEAR WITH THE ADDITIONS OF IN CONVERSATIONS WITH MIKE BIRBILGIA, COLIN QUINN, W. KAMAU BELL AND JENNY SLATE, LETTERKENNY TABLE READ, A FEMINIST LIVE READ OF ROMY AND MICHELE’S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION, YOU’RE THE EXPERT PODCAST

  

The Sixth Edition of Toronto’s Comedy Festival Returns

from September 21 – 30, 2017

 

Toronto, August 23, 2017- The sixth annual JFL42 Festival, presented by Air Canada in association with SiriusXM, has added even more names to the 42!

 

Hailing from the UK, multitalented comedian, actor, writer and presenter, Jack Whitehall will be performing on September 27 at 7PM and 28 at 9:30PM. From MTV’s Remote Control to Saturday Night Live to Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd, Colin Quinn will be performing September 29 at 9:00PM. From the Bronx to The Six, Viceland’s Desus Nice and The Kid Mero are bringing their hit podcast Bodega Boys to JFL42 for one night only on September 30.

 

Plus, even more incredible comedians have been added to the 42 including 30 Rock’s Judah Friedlander, Last Comic Standing’s Jon Reep, comedian and writer Max Silvestri and the first co-winners of the Just For Laughs Homegrown Comedy Competition in 19 years, Courtney Gilmour and D.J. Mausner.

 

These amazing acts will be joining our previously announced headliners Bill Burr, John Mulaney, Ali Wong, Mike Birbiglia, Tim and Eric, Tom Segura and My Favorite Murder as well as the 42 acts including Jenny Slate, Jay Pharaoh, Janeane Garofalo, Rhys Darby, Hari Kondabolu, W. Kamau Bell + so many others. For the full list, go to JFL42 Full Line Up.

 

Toronto’s comedy festival has also added a slew of events to this year’s ComedyCon, JFL42’s daytime comedy series. JFL42 headliner, Mike Birbiglia, Saturday Night Live alum Colin Quinn and actress and comedienne Jenny Slate will each participate in In Conversation events while in Toronto. The cast of CraveTV’s Letterkenny will be taking the stage for a special table read featuring stars Jared Keeso and Nathan Dales. To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the cult comedy film, Feminist Live Reads will be doing a live script read of Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion with JFL42 comedians and special guests reading the roles made famous in the iconic classic. Don’t miss the Political Conversation moderated by the host of CNN’s United Shades of America, W. Kamau Bell. This event will feature a topical, timely conversation about the political landscape that we live in where the lines increasingly cross between comedy and politics, featuring the insights of a lineup of festival comedians.

Adding to the number of podcasts that will be recording live from JFL42, senior editor of New York Magazine and Vulture, Jesse David Fox, will be doing a live presentation of the Good One Podcast where he’ll sit down with The Daily Show With Trevor Noah correspondent Roy Wood Jr. New York comedian Chris Duffy will host a live gameshow/podcast You’re The Expert featuring three hilarious comics trying to guess what a professor studies all day, and the team from The Beaverton will gather some of the festival’s funniest comedians and writers to talk, mock and riff their way through the news of the week for their Weekly Report Podcast.

 

ComedyCon takes place from September 21 to 24 and September 29 and 30 and will include previously announced In Conversations with Bill Burr, John Mulaney, Brian Posehn, Janeane Garofalo, Rhys Darby, Kenny and Spenny, The Beaverton Live and popular podcasts from Jen Kirkman, Greg Proops, and more.

 

More info on the new additions to The 42:

 

Jack Whitehall (Wednesday, September 27 at 7PM and Thursday, September 28 at 9:30PM at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre): Fresh from his arena tour, “Jack Whitehall Gets Around”, one of the UK’s most exciting and successful comedy talents, Jack Whitehall, will be performing at JFL42 this fall. Recipient of the “The King of Comedy” award at the 2012 People’s Choice Awards and 2013 British Comedy Awards, Whitehall is the host of BBC3’s “Backchat with Jack Whitehall and his Dad”, with television credits including A League of Their Own, Rise and Fall, Bad Education and Stand Up for the Week. Available in the pass and tickets on sale Wednesday, August 23 at 10:00 AM.

 

Colin Quinn (Friday, September 29 at 9:00PM at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre): From numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway hits, to his role opposite Amy Schumer in Judd Apatow’s “Trainwreck” and his recurring role of ‘Hermie’ on HBO’s “GIRLS”, Colin Quinn is has recently dominated Netflix with three specials: Colin Quinn The New York Story (directed by Jerry Seinfeld), Colin Quinn Unconstitutional and a role in Adam Sandler’s original “Sandy Wexler”. Available in the pass and tickets on sale Wednesday, August 23 at 10:00 AM.

 

Desus Nice and The Kid Mero (Saturday, September 30 at 11:00PM at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre): If you don’t know the Bronx’s Desus Nice & The Kid Mero from Viceland’s Desus & Mero you probably know them from their supremely popular comedy podcast, Bodega Boys, where the two friends wax poetic on anything from churros to Black Twitter’s reaction to the latest Trump tweet. Don’t miss Desus & Mero as they bring their chart-topping podcast to JFL42 for a live show that promises to keep you laughing until your sides hurt. Available in the pass and tickets on sale Wednesday, August 23 at 10:00 AM.

 

Judah Friedlander (Monday, September 25 and Tuesday, September 26 at 10:30PM the Royal Theatre): With over 30 feature films and hundreds of TV appearances under his belt, comedian and author, Judah Friedlander aka The World Champion, is set to perform at JFL42. SAG Award Winner for his role in NBC’s 30 Rock, Friedlander’s additional television and film appearances include Universal Pictures’ Meet the Parents, Paramount Pictures’ Zoolander, Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm and more. Available in the pass and tickets on sale Wednesday, August 23 at 10:00 AM.

 

After recently wrapping Tig Notaro’s Amazon series, One Mississippi, winner of the fifth season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, comic Jon Reep is joining the 42 lineup. Widely recognized as “Hemi Guy” from Dodge’s popular ad campaign, as well as for his hilarious comedy specials, Reep has also guest starred in ABC’s Black-ish, and has appeared in Warner Bros. Pictures’ Into The Storm, and New Line Cinema’s Harold and Kumar: Escape From Guantanamo Bay.

 

Selected by John Mulaney to open for his North American tour, Max Silvestri brings his comedic chops to Toronto this September. Following his last album King Piglet that was named one of the year’s best by New York Magazine and The AV Club, he’s recently appeared on Brooklyn 99, Broad City, and The Good Place as well as hosting the Bravo series Recipe for Deception.

 

One of Toronto’s fastest rising comics, Courtney Gilmour has been added to the stellar 42 lineup following her breakout performance at the 2017 Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. Winner of the 2017 Homegrown Comics competition, Gilmour has appeared at NXNE and Sirius XM’s Top Comic.

 

Canadian stand-up, sketch and improv comedian, D.J. Mausner will be performing at JFL42 this fall. With performances at the Women in Comedy Festival in Boston, OFF-JFL in Montreal, The Big City Improv Festival in Toronto, Mausner also won the Just For Laughs Award for Best Comedy at the Montreal Fringe Festival for ATM: The Musical, which she co-wrote and musically directed, as well as winning this year’s JFL Homegrown Comics competition.

 

New ComedyCon Programming

 

In Conversation with Mike Birbiglia (Saturday, September 30 at 11AM at TIFF Bell Lightbox) Available in the pass and tickets on sale now.

 

In Conversation with Jenny Slate (Saturday, September 23 at 10:30AM at TIFF Bell Lightbox) Available in the pass and tickets on sale Wednesday, August 23 at 10:00 AM.

 

A Political Conversation with W. Kamau Bell (Friday, September 29 at 2:30PM at Second City)

Available in the pass and tickets on sale now.

 

In Conversation with Colin Quinn (Friday, September 29 at 12:45PM at Second City)           Available in the pass and tickets on sale Wednesday, August 23 at 10:00 AM.

Letterkenny Table Read (Friday, September 29 at 5PM at TIFF Bell Lightbox) Join Jared Keeso and Nathan Dales, stars of breakout Canadian hit Letterkenny, for a table read of a classic Letterkenny episode.  Following the read, Mike Veerman of The Mike on Much podcast interviews Keeso and Dales about the success of Letterkenny and tries to get to the bottom of why the Hicks, Skids, and Hockey Players hate each other so damn much. Additional cast participants to be announced. Available in the pass and tickets on sale Wednesday, August 23 at 10:00 AM.

Feminist Live Reads presents Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (Friday, September 22 at 2:30PM at TIFF Bell Lightbox) “Feminist Live Reads” is a series created by writer and filmmaker Chandler Levack (modelled on Jason Reitman’s live read series). Chandler gathers an amazing ensemble of women to read a screenplay aloud, regardless of gender. The aim of the series is to point out the disparity of roles available to women in film and television, and to promote diversity. Proceeds go towards a charity that benefits marginalized women in the community, and the readings are always really fun and sell out instantly. Past editions of FLR include sold-out live reads of “Entourage,” “Ocean’s 11,” “Reservoir Dogs,” “Almost Famous,” and “Mean Girls” in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. Available in the pass and tickets on sale Wednesday, August 23 at 10:00 AM.

You’re The Expert Podcast (Saturday, September 30 at 4:15PM at Second City) Created and hosted by Chris Duffy and produced by Pretty Good Friends, each episode features an expert in a specialized field. Through games, sketches, and hilariously misguided guesses, three comedians try to figure out what our expert studies all day. Over the course of the show, we hear about the latest findings and why their field is important. Available in the pass and tickets on sale Wednesday, August 23 at 10:00 AM.

Good One Podcast with special guest Roy Wood Jr. (Sunday, September 24 at 11AM at Second City) Good One: A Podcast About Jokes is a podcast about – well – jokes, and the people who tell them. Each week, a comedian will play a joke of theirs and then break it down with Vulture Senior Editor Jesse David Fox. Available in the pass and tickets on sale Wednesday, August 23 at 10:00 AM.

 

Beaverton Weekly Report Podcast (Sunday, September 24 at 12:45PM at Second City) Every week Beaverton editor-in-chief Luke Gordon Field assembles some of the country’s best comedians and writers to talk, mock and riff their way through the news of the week. Then he puts their knowledge to the test in a very important quiz where the winner gets absolutely nothing. Part panel show, part interview, the Beaverton Weekly Report is a hilarious look at what’s going on in the world around us. It’ll be just like watching CNN, only funnier and with fewer erectile dysfunction ads. Available in the pass and tickets on sale Wednesday, August 23 at 10:00 AM.

 

JFL42 is funded by the Government of Ontario and Heritage Canada.

 

 

TICKET DETAILS

Passes and Tickets for JFL42 are on sale now.

Buy online at jfl42.com. Festival passes range from $55 to $299 (excluding service charges). Single tickets range from $25 to $65.50 (excluding service charges).

 

ABOUT JFL42

Established in 2012 and now in its sixth year, JFL42 is a pass-based interactive comedy Festival in Toronto created by Group Just For Laughs. Developed with a mandate to celebrate the most hilarious, innovative, riveting and relevant comedy experiences in the world with Toronto audiences, JFL42’s unique interactive pass-based ticketing and reservation system makes it the first comedy festival of its kind. In addition to JFL42, Just For Laughs has produced the world’s most prestigious comedy festival in Montreal for the past 35 years and in recent years has launched festivals in Sydney, Vancouver, and London, England.

 

For more information visit: www.jfl42.com  | Social media links: Twitter: @JFL42

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JFL42 Instagram: @JFL42

 

Press contact:

C2C Communications

Charlene Coy

charlene@c2ccommunications.com


JFL42 ADDS HEADLINER
MIKE BIRBIGLIA
TO THEIR ALREADY STACKED COMEDY LINEUP!

PLUS: HARI KONDABOLU, W. KAMAU BELL, LAST PODCAST ON THE LEFT, SASHEER ZAMATA, KYLE DUNNIGAN, FLULA BORG, PETE JOHANSSON AND MORE JOIN THIS YEAR’S PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED “42”

 The Sixth Edition of Toronto’s Comedy Festival Returns

from September 21 – 30, 2017

 

Toronto, July 11, 2017- The sixth annual JFL42 Festival, presented by Air Canada in association with SiriusXM, has added Mike Birbiglia as the seventh headliner to this year’s’ festival line up. In the follow-up to his critically acclaimed Netflix special, Thank God For Jokes, Birbiglia’s wit and skilful observational humour can be seen in this new show, The New One, as the award-winning comedian approaches an entirely new subject in a new way with the same heart and humor we’ve come to expect. Audiences will be treated to his charming, genuine narrative as he recounts his own life’s experiences, turning them into depictions that are both entertaining, and cathartic hilarity.

 

Birbiglia will be performing at the Sony Centre For The Performing Arts alongside previously announced headliners including Bill Burr, John Mulaney, Ali Wong, Tom Segura, My Favorite Murder and Tim and Eric.

 

If that wasn’t enough, there are new additions to the 42 including comedy veteran Hari Kondabolu, CNN host W. Kamau Bell, and horror podcast Last Podcast on the Left. These exciting new members of the 42 lineup are joined by SNL alum Sasheer Zamata, Inside Amy Schumer’s Kyle Dunnigan, Pitch Perfect 2’s Flula Borg and Friday Night’s Pete Johansson.

 

These hilarious comedians will be joining our previously announced 42 acts including Jenny Slate, Jay Pharoah, Janeane Garofalo, Rhys Darby, Brian Posehn, SiriusXM’S Top Comic, Kyle Kinane, Jen Kirkman, Andy Kindler, Greg Proops, Rory Scovel, Roy Wood Jr., The Lucas Bros, Guys We F@#ed Podcast, Gina Yashere, Mark Normand, Morgan Murphy, Rachel Feinstein, Michelle Wolf, Beth Stelling, Liza Treyger, Kevin Camia, Anthony DeVito and Noah Gardenswartz, Ali Siddiq, Sara Hennessey, Mike Rita, Sandra Battaglini, Chris Locke, Sophie Buddle, Che Durena, Chris Robinson, Eman El-Husseini and Canadian sketch troupe, Soul Decision.

 

Fans will also be able to see these acts as part of ComedyCon, JFL42’s daytime comedy series. Headliner Mike Birbiglia will participate in an In Conversation event while Hari Kondabolu and W. Kamau Bell bring their hit podcast Politically Re-Active to Toronto for the first time. ComedyCon takes place from September 21 to 24 and September 29 and 30 and will include In Conversations with Bill Burr, John Mulaney, Brian Posehn, and Janeane Garofalo, The Beaverton Live and popular podcasts from Jen Kirkman, Greg Proops, and more.

 

New Headliner at the Sony Centre:

 

Mike Birbiglia (September 29 at 7:00 PM at the Sony Centre): Award-winning comedian and storyteller, Birbiglia has performed in front of audiences worldwide, from the Sydney Opera House to Carnegie Hall. His most recent shows, My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend and Thank God for Jokes, were both filmed for Netflix. He has released four albums for Comedy Central Records, including My Secret Public Journal Live, which was named one of the “Best Comedy Albums of the Decade” by The Onion AV Club. In addition to performing live, Birbiglia is an author and filmmaker who wrote, directed and starred in the acclaimed films Sleepwalk with Me and Don’t Think Twice. His book, Sleepwalk With Me and Other Painfully True Stories, was a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the Thurber Prize For American Humor. As an actor, Birbiglia has appeared on Orange is the New Black, Inside Amy Schumer, and Girls as well as in the films Trainwreck, The Fault in Our Stars, and Popstar. Just For Laughs just named him Comedian of the Year for their 2017 Awards Show taking place Friday, July 28 in Montreal. Tickets on sale for JFL42 on Thursday, July 13 at 10:00 AM

 

New additions to The 42:

 

Hari Kondabolu (Wednesday, September 27 at 9:30 PM at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre): Named “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today” by The New York Times, Kondabolu has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, @Midnight and Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. He is also a public radio regular, frequently appearing on The Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Tickets on sale Thursday, July 13 at 10:00 AM

 

  1. Kamau Bell (Saturday, September 30 at 7PM at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre): Emmy-nominated comic and CNN host Bell delivers incisive, scathingly funny commentary on modern society that will change your view of race, politics and social issues in America. Following praise for his debut one-man show Ending Racism in About an Hour, Bell has shown he is a multi-faceted comedian whose extensive list of credits includes the FX comedy series Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, the Politically Re-Active podcast and the Showtime special Semi-Prominent Negro. Tickets on sale Thursday, July 13 at 10:00 AM

 

Last Podcast on the Left (Friday, September 22 at 7PM at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre): Last Podcast on the Left barrels headlong into all things horror — as hosts Ben Kissel, Marcus Parks and Henry Zebrowski cover dark subjects spanning Jeffrey Dahmer, Werewolves, Jonestown, iconic hauntings, the history of war crimes, and more. Tickets on sale Thursday, July 13 at  10:00 AM

Sasheer Zamata: Zamata is a comedian, actress, writer and former cast member on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. She has appeared in Transparent, Inside Amy Schumer, BoJack Horseman and Yoga Hosers. Her one hour stand-up special Pizza Mind is currently on Seeso.

 

Kyle Dunnigan: A master of all comedy mediums, Dunnigan was most recently nominated for an Emmy for his work as a writer on Inside Amy Schumer. He is a frequent guest on The Howard Stern Show and co-hosts the weekly podcast Professor Blastoff with Tig Notaro. Dunnigan is also a comedy festival regular, and has appeared at festivals including Just For Laughs Montreal, Bonnaroo, Sasquatch, SF Sketchfest, and Fun Fun Fun Fest.

 

Flula Borg: Recently named one of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch,” Borg started as a chart-topping DJ in Germany before moving to Los Angeles. Mixing absurdist humour with a spontaneous charm, Borg’s comedy is out to cause brilliant confusion with a charming sensibility. Borg has appeared on shows including Younger, Last Call with Carson Daly, Conan and is a correspondent for Chelsea on Netflix. He also starred in Pitch Perfect 2 opposite Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson.

 

Pete Johansson: Hailing from Vancouver, comedy veteran Johansson made his first foray into Hollywood after a wildly successful showing at Just For Laughs in Montreal and has since appeared in specials on CBC and Comedy Central, The Late Show with Craig Kilborn, and NBC’s Friday Night. He has toured comedy clubs across the world and following a move to the UK has quickly become a favourite with audiences around the country.

 

New ComedyCon Show:

 

Politically Re-Active podcast (Friday, September 29 at 2:30PM at Second City): How do we survive in the age of Trump? Kamau and Hari are here for you. In season 2 of Politically Re-Active, comedians and long-time friends Bell and Kondabolu navigate the dumpster fire that is the US political landscape. The hosts answer questions and separate fact from fake news with help from today’s most fascinating artists, activists, writers, journalists and political thinkers. Tickets on sale Thursday, July 13 at 10:00 AM

 

Plus more of the 42 to be announced!

JFL42 is funded by the Government of Ontario and Heritage Canada.

 

TICKET DETAILS

Passes and Tickets for JFL42 are on sale now.

Passes and Tickets for Mike Birbiglia go on sale Thursday, July 13 at 10:00 AM

Buy online at jfl42.com. Festival passes range from $55 to $299 (excluding service charges). Single tickets range from $25 to $65.50 (excluding service charges).

 

ABOUT JFL42

Established in 2012 and now in its sixth year, JFL42 is a pass-based interactive comedy Festival in Toronto created by Group Just For Laughs. Developed with a mandate to celebrate the most hilarious, innovative, riveting and relevant comedy experiences in the world with Toronto audiences, JFL42’s unique interactive pass-based ticketing and reservation system makes it the first comedy festival of its kind. In addition to JFL42, Just For Laughs has produced the world’s most prestigious comedy festival in Montreal for the past 35 years and in recent years has launched festivals in Sydney, Vancouver, and London, England.

 

For more information visit: www.jfl42.com  | Social media links: Twitter: @JFL42

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JFL42 Instagram: @JFL42

 

Press contact:

C2C Communications

Charlene Coy

charlene@c2ccommunications.com


JFL42, TORONTO’S COMEDY FESTIVAL, IS BACK FEATURING
HEADLINERS BILL BURR, JOHN MULANEY,
ALI WONG, TIM AND ERIC, MY FAVORITE MURDER
AND TOM SEGURA

JOINING THIS YEAR’S “42”: JENNY SLATE, JAY PHAROAH, JANEANE GAROFALO, RHYS DARBY, BRIAN POSEHN, KYLE KINANE, JEN KIRKMAN, RORY SCOVEL, SIRIUSXM TOP COMIC, ROY WOOD JR., THE LUCAS BROTHERS, GUYS WE F&%@D PODCAST, MICHELLE WOLF, GINA YASHERE, ANDY KINDLER, MARK NORMAND, MORGAN MURPHY, AND MORE! 

The Sixth Edition of Toronto’s Comedy Festival Returns

from September 21 – 30, 2017

Toronto, May 30, 2017- The sixth annual JFL42 Festival, presented by Air Canada in association with SiriusXM, is returning to Toronto from September 21 – 30 with six headliners taking the stage at the Sony Center for the Performing Arts: Bill Burr, John Mulaney, Ali Wong, Tim and Eric, My Favorite Murder, and Tom Segura. This year’s festival is an eclectic mix of some of comedy’s biggest stars and new discoveries, while featuring a wide variety of styles that will be sure to leave sides aching and tears of laughter. Passes to JFL42 go on sale Friday, June 2 at 10:00 AM. Tickets go on sale June 9 at 10:00 AM.

 

ComedyCon returns to JFL42 after a successful debut at the 2016 festival. This daytime programming series will take place from September 21 to 24 and September 29 and 30 and will include In Conversations with Bill Burr, John Mulaney, Tim and Eric, Tom Segura, Jenny Slate, Brian Posehn and Janeane Garofalo. It will also feature The Beaverton Live, a televised adaptation of the infamous online satirical news site. Audiences will also be able to experience popular podcasts from Jen Kirkman, Greg Proops and more. This unique program offers comedy lovers the chance to pull back the curtain and see the inner workings of their favourite comedians. New this year, these events are open for all passholders to experience. Stay tuned for many more announcements!

Headlining at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts:

 

Bill Burr (September 22 at 7:00 PM and Saturday, September 23 at 7:00 PM and 9:45 PM):  Burr is one of the top comedic voices of his generation, achieving success in film and television as well as on the live stage. His Monday Morning Podcast is one of the most downloaded on iTunes and F is for Family, his hit animated Netflix series, is premiering it’s second season today! Burr has multiple film and television credits to his name including the Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell film, Daddy’s Home and The Heat appearing with Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock. He also received rave reviews for his role as “Kuby” on the hit AMC-TV series Breaking Bad. The 2014 winner of Comedian Of The Year Award from JFL, Burr is not only funny, he’s unapologetic, unstoppable and undeniably brilliant.

 

John Mulaney (September 21 at 7:00 PM and 9:45 PM):  An Emmy Award winning writer and comedian, Mulaney began his career in New York’s East Village and has since toured around the world. In 2008, he began writing on Saturday Night Live where he appeared as a Weekend Update correspondent and co-created characters such as “Stefon” with Bill Hader. He released his 3rd hour stand-up special The Comeback Kid on Netflix, which the AV Club called “the best hour of his career.” He most recently starred in the Broadway hit, “Oh, Hello on Broadway” alongside Nick Kroll and will be bringing his latest stand-up tour, “John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous” to Toronto.

 

Ali Wong (September 24 at 7:00 PM):  Wong is an extremely popular comedian, actress and writer who received wide critical acclaim for her first stand-up special, Baby Cobra, filmed when she was seven months pregnant.  Said The New York Times, “The special’s arrival on Netflix is the sort of star-making moment that unites the tastes of the unlikeliest fans.” With such a strong following it’s easy to see why she sold out 3 shows at the Winter Garden Theatre in less than an hour and why she is one of the festival’s hottest headliners. Wong is currently shooting the new sitcom American Housewife and is a writer on the groundbreaking Fresh off the Boat.

 

Tim and Eric (September 29 at 9:45 PM):  After meeting as freshmen film students at Temple University, Tim and Eric worked together on short films and comedic content including the instant classic Tom Goes to The Mayor. This short caught the attention of the executives at Adult Swim giving them the opportunity to create various shows including the brilliantly tested sketch show Tim And Eric’s Awesome Show! Great Job! And the insanely popular Check it Out! with Dr. Steve Brule which starred John C. Reilly. In 2012 the pair released their first feature film Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie which was produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay to critical acclaim. They are currently in the second season of Tim and Eric’s Bedtime Stories and are on the road bringing their 10 Year Anniversary Awesome Tour! to their legions of fans across North America.

 

My Favorite Murder (September 30 at 9:45 PM):  Unlike most podcasts, this one will raise the hairs on your arms and make you want to sleep with the lights on. After meeting at a dinner party, Karen and Georgia launched their incredibly successful podcast in 2016.  Ready yourself for a murder adventure hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, two lifelong fans of true crime stories. In each bone chilling episode the girls share their favorite tales of murder, and hear horrific hometown crime stories from friends and fans. Turn off the lights and check your fears at the door, cause Karen & Georgia are dying to discuss death. And you will be their unsuspecting victims…

 

Tom Segura (September 30 at 7:00 PM):  Segura has an ear for comedy. When he is not performing at comedy festivals around the world or appearing on television shows such as Conan, Happy Endings and The Late Late Show, he is recording one of his many popular podcasts. From guest appearances on podcasts The Joe Rogan Experience and WTF with Marc Marin to the noted Your Mom’s House which he co-hosts with his wife Christina Pazsitzky, Segura always knows how to get us laughing. Additionally, he recently released his third hour-long stand-up album which sat atop the iTunes and Billboard Comedy chart for many weeks.

 

THE 42

 

Jenny Slate:  Following her award-winning film debut in the critically acclaimed Obvious Child, Slate has kept busy with numerous television, film and animated roles including Showtime’s House of Lies, Comedy Central’s Kroll’s Show, and NBC’s Parks and Recreation. She also lends her voice to FOX’s Bob’s Burgers as the voice of “Tammy.” She’s appeared on Married, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Girls, Bored To Death, Hello Ladies and was a cast member on Saturday Night Live. Slate is the co-creator and voice of the internet sensation Marcel The Shell short films.

 

Jay Pharoah:  Pharaoh is an actor and stand-up comedian who is best known for his uncanny celebrity impressions and characters honed during his six seasons as a cast member of Saturday Night Live. In 2015, he debuted his first stand-up comedy special, Jay Pharoah: Can I Be Me? on Showtime. He has appeared in several films such as Ride Along with Kevin Hart and Top Five with Chris Rock. Next he will star on the upcoming Showtime series White Famous from executive producer Jamie Foxx.

Janeane Garofalo:  Actress and comedian Garofalo has been an American institution since she burst on the scene in 1992. She has had many memorable and critically acclaimed roles on both film and television including Wet Hot American Summer, Reality Bites, The Ben Stiller Show, The West Wing and The Larry Sanders Show. A lightning rod for controversy, Garofalo’s well informed opinions and unflinching honesty have inspired laughs, as well as striking a chord with the left, right and everyone in between.

 

Rhys Darby:  Best known as Murray from HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, Darby is an actor and stand-up comedian from New Zealand. He is known for his many memorable roles in movies and on television including The X Files, Modern Family, Yes Man, What we do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople. He has performed at festivals around the world and has performed three stand-up specials including This Way to Spaceship which is based on his debut novel of the same name.

 

Brian Posehn:  Posehn is an accomplished artist in all respects of the word.  Continually touring comedy clubs around the globe, he released his first special The Fartist on Netflix in 2013. His numerous TV appearances include The Big Bang Theory, Seinfeld, Everybody Loves Raymond and Anger Management as well as starring for 2 seasons on Comedy Central’s The Sarah Silverman Program. He hosts the extremely popular podcast Nerd Poker on the Earwolf Network and has appeared in films such as Judd Apatow’s Funny People and Rob Zombie’s The Devil’s Rejects.

 

Kyle Kinane:  An internationally touring comedian, Kinane has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Conan, Comedy Bang! Bang! and many others. He is a recurring character on Netflix’s Love and is the voice of Comedy Central and various animated programs such as Adventure Time, Bob’s Burgers and Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Kinane can also be seen in numerous comedy specials on Comedy Central including his latest one-hour special Kyle Kinane: Loose in Chicago.

 

Jen Kirkman: Kirkman is a stand-up comedian and New York Times Bestseller author of I Can Barely Take Care of Myself. Her television stand-up appearances include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan, John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show and The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson. She has been a writer and round table guest on Chelsea Lately and her stand-up special I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine) is currently streaming on Netflix.

 

Rory Scovel:  2017 is a busy year for Scovel! He has performed stand-up on Conan, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and Comedy Central. His television appearances include the NBC series Undatable, ABC’s Modern Family, F/X’s The Comedians and the upcoming original series Those Who Cant for TruTV. He can also be seen in the upcoming films The House alongside Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler and The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter with Danny McBride and Josh Brolin. His new stand up special is available on Seeso.

 

Roy Wood Jr.:  Currently a correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Roy is also a featured comedian on Conan, ESPN’s SportsNation and Comedy Central’s @Midnight. He made his television debut on The Late Show with David Letterman and finished third in the 2010 season of Last Comic Standing. Wood has appeared on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend and The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson. His first Comedy Central Stand-Up Special, Roy Wood Jr., Father Figure aired February 2017.

 

The Lucas Brothers:  Keith and Kenny Lucas are known as two of the freshest, most dynamic artists in comedy. They are best known for their movie-stealing role as the twins in 22 Jump Street. Since performing standup on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon in 2012, they’ve made appearances in FOX’s The Grinder, Netflix’s Lady Dynamite and Arrested Development, and also created and starred in TruTV’s sketch comedy series Friends of the People. In 2014, Variety honoured them on their 10 Comics to Watch list.

 

Guys We F@#ked: The Anti Slut-Shaming Podcast: Co-hosted by stand up comedians Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson, this weekly comedy podcast explores the ins and outs of human sexuality and relationships. What started out as interviews with a guy one of the girls has f@#ked, it has evolved into candid conversations with celebrities, stand-up comedians, and anyone with an interesting take on human sexuality. The show, consistently topping the iTunes charts, boasts over a million subscribers and has garnered press from Vogue, Esquire, Glamour, and The Huffington Post, to name a few.

 

Michelle Wolf: Wolf was selected as one of the “New Faces of Comedy” for the 2014 Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and has been included in numerous up-and-coming comedian lists. Based in New York, she was a writer for Late Night With Seth Meyers where she made her television debut as a comic. She has also made a number of appearances on Comedy Central’s hit late night gameshow @Midnight and appeared on Louis CK’s Horace and Pete. She is currently a writer and on air contributor for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.

 

SiriusXM Top Comic: SiriusXM Canada will be hosting the SiriusXM’s Top Comic finale at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre as part of JFL42. This year’s grand prize is three Just for Laughs festival appearances (Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto), an appearance on The Comedy Network’s Just for Laughs All Access, $25,000, and the title of SiriusXM’s Top Comic.

 

Andy Kindler:  Andy is a comedian who’s truly done it all. He’s returning to JFL42 for the sixth year in a row to host Festival favourite The Alternative Show. Kindler currently has a recurring role on Fox’s hit animated series Bob’s Burgers and Comedy Central’s Tosh.0. A frequent guest and correspondent on The Late Show With David Letterman, Andy also had recurring roles on Everybody Loves Raymond, Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place, and IFC’s Maron and appearances on The Daily Show, Conan and The Larry Sanders Show. He is known for his infamous State of the Industry Address, delivered each year at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal.

 

Gina Yashere:  Hailing from the UK, Gina has appeared on several iconic British comedy shows before breaking into the American scene on Last Comic Standing. Following her top-10 finish, she appeared on The Tonight Show and has shot several stand-up specials. She has performed numerous times at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and Toronto and has appeared in the films Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Mr. In Between. She was named one of the top 10 rising talents by the Hollywood Reporter.

 

Mark Normand:  A favourite of the New York comedy scene, Normand was a semi-finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and has appeared on Inside Amy Schumer, Conan, John Olivier’s New York Stand Up Show and feature film Trainwreck.  He headlines clubs and festivals around the country and premiered his Comedy Central special Still Got It in 2014.

 

Morgan Murphy:  Murphy has written for several hilarious television series including Comedy Central’s Crank Yankers, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel Live, where she performed twice as a stand-up comedian. She was also a writer for the hit CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls. She is currently writing for the new ABC comedy series Downward Dog. With her sharp wit and fresh perspective it’s easy to see why Rolling Stone Magazine included her in their “New Wave of Comedy.”

 

Rachel Feinstein:  Best known for playing with gender and ethnic stereotypes, Feinstein is a comedic force to be reckoned with. She has appeared in films such as Trainwreck and Top Five. Her numerous television appearances include HBO’s Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore and Inside Amy Schumer as well as co-hosting on The View. Next she will appear in Judd Apatow’s upcoming HBO comedy Crashing. Currently she is touring nationally with Louis C.K.

 

Beth Stelling:  Stelling made her late-night television debut on Conan and has appeared on Chelsea Lately, The Pete Holmes Show and most recently Jimmy Kimmel Live, after Jimmy saw her at UCB and approached her personally. After Beth’s Comedy Central ½-Hour Special debuted, Vulture included it as one of the “Ten Best Stand-Up Specials of 2015.” She is currently writing on the new Judd Apatow HBO comedy series Crashing.

 

Liza Treyger:  Originally from the former Soviet Union, Liza now makes her New York her home. Her half hour special for Comedy Central debuted to great fanfare and she is known for her blend of dark and honest humor. Liza recently starred in the Comedy Central pilot G.O.A.T. and was featured in a recurring role on Louis CK’s Horace and Pete. She has appeared on Comedy Central’s @Midnight, Adam Devine’s House Party, and Joking Off, and was hand-selected to perform at the opening-night gala of this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

 

Kevin Camia:  Hailing from California, Camia has performed at numerous festivals including The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival and SF Sketchfest. He has released two comedy albums, “Kindness” and “Color,” both available on Spotify and iTunes. Kevin is the co-creator and writer for The Funny Drop, a web series produced by Mas Mejor/Broadway Video and NBC Universal. He can be seen guest starring on TBS’ The Dress Up Gang.

 

Anthony DeVito: A New York based comedian, DeVito was one of the “New Faces” at the 2012 Montreal Just for Laughs Festival. He has since made appearances on This American Life, AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live, Seeso’s NY’s Funniest and was the 2015 winner of Caroline’s March Madness. His television appearances include Comedy Central’s Adam Devine’s House Party and TV Land’s The Jim Gaffigan Show.

 

Noah Gardenswartz:  Hailing from New York, Gardenswartz was featured as one of the “New Faces” at the 2014 Montreal Just for Laughs Festival. He has performed in numerous festivals across the USA and was a contestant on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. He most recently appeared on Comedy Central’s Adam Devine’s House Party and co-hosts Comedy Freaknik, a monthly show in NYC.

 

Ali Siddiq:  After honing his unique style of stand-up behind bars, Siddiq appeared on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam and Live From Gotham. In 2013 he was named Comedy Central’s #1 Comic To Watch and released a half-hour special on Comedy Central. He is currently working on an hour-long special, which will be shot behind the walls of prison, sending Siddiq back to where it all started.

 

Sara Hennessey:  Sara is a rising star! She is a member of the comedy troupe Laugh Sabbath and 2013 Canadian Comedy Award winner for Best Female Stand Up. Her comedy album Trouble In Saradise reached number one on iTunes and she has shot three All Access tapings at Montreal’s Just For Laughs. She co-stars in the new CBC Comedy web-series Terrific Women and has written for the popular television series CITY TV’s Sunnyside and CTV’s Spun Out.

 

Mike Rita:  At a young age, Rita has already become a veteran of the Canadian comedy scene after winning Second City’s Tim Sims Award for best new comic, which put his career into overdrive. He has since appeared on Much Music, CBC Radio, Just For Laughs Montreal and JFL 42. He returns to JFL42 with his unique style of ethnic, political and pot comedy.

 

Sandra Battaglini:  A true Canadian treasure, Battaglini has performed all throughout Canada and co-hosts two of Toronto’s most alternative comedy nights, Family Slides and The Sal & Sandy Show. Voted Best Female Stand-Up by NOW Magazine, she has also appeared in David Cronenberg’s Maps To The Stars, CBC’s sketch series Humantown and the medical drama Saving Hope. She is currently in development on original concepts, including Knitterati and Family Slides.

 

Chris Locke:  Locke has performed stand-up all over Canada and the US in comedy clubs and festivals and has been called “One of Canada’s most staggeringly original comedians” by VICE. His stand-up album garnered praise from critics and fans alike, as well as being the #1 comedy album on iTunes Canada during the first two weeks of release. You can hear his stand up regularly on SiriusXM radio.

Sophie Buddle:  Sophie Buddle has been called one of Canada’s fastest rising stars more than she has been called by her mother (a lot). Buddle was runner up at SiriusXM Top Comic, which has lead to her first national tv appearance at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal and numerous appearances around North America. She is also currently working on her comedy album debut. Not bad for a 22 year old!

Che Durena:  Durena is a British Columbia native who moved to Toronto to chase the dream of being a stand-up comic. Following a runner-up appearance in SiriusXM’s Top Comic, he has performed at JFL42 and can be seen at Just For Laughs Montreal this year in the SiriusXM Showcase.

 

Chris Robinson:  A master of the stand-up stage, Robinson is the reigning SiriusXM Top Comic and the winner of the 2016 Second City Emerging Voices Scholarship. Now Magazine has described him as having “charisma and raw talent to burn.” He is truly a star on the rise and can currently be seen on the CMT sketch series Almost Genius.

 

Eman El-Husseini:  Since her comedy debut in 2006, El-Husseini has racked up an impressive list of festival appearances including Just For Laughs Montreal and the Boston Comedy Festival. She had her own extremely popular half-hour comedy special on CTV and appeared on CBC’s The Debators and CBC’S George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight: “Best Joke Ever.”

 

Soul Decision:  Soul Decision is made up of Kevin Vidal (nice guy) and Christian Smith (cool guy). They were recently named the “Best of the Fest” for the Toronto Sketch Comedy festival and performed in the “Best of the Fest” show in the 2017 Montreal Sketch Fest. They are both alumni of Second City, Christian in their House Company and Kevin an alumni of the main stage. They currently appear in the online sketch show Tennyson Industries.

 

JFL42 is proud to be collaborating with local institutions Yuk Yuk’s, ALTdot Comedy Lounge, Comedy Bar, The Second City, Bad Dog Theatre Company, and Absolute Comedy to provide additional Toronto-centric programming that will be available to all passholders. Programming details will become available at a later date.

Additional artists to be announced soon!

 

COMEDYCON

 

After an extraordinarily popular debut at last year’s festival, ComedyCon returns to JFL42 this year with an even more enticing and hilarious line up including…

 

The Beaverton Live:  A so-called televised adaptation of the immensely popular online satirical site TheBeaverton.com, The Beaverton puts a spin on current events of the utmost importance, informed by real events, the cultural zeitgeist, and national news media. Helmed by co-hosts Emma Hunter and Miguel Rivas, with nearly 7.5 million views in 2016 and averaging more than half a million unique visitors a month, TheBeaverton.com has become a go-to source for Canadian satire.

 

In Conversation delves deep into the twisted and hilariously brilliant minds of some of the festivals most popular comics and headliners including Bill Burr, John Mulaney, Tim and Eric, Jenny Slate, Tom Segura, Brian Posehn, Kenny and Spenny and Janeane Garofalo. Join the conversation and witness the off the cuff and candid exchange with these powerhouses of comedy.
Podcasts have become one of entertainments most popular and highly regarded art forms. Which is why so many brilliant comedians have taken to the platform and created some of the most interesting and innovative podcasts available for download right into your ears. This year we bring three of the funniest and most listened to podcasters and their shows to the festival including I Seem Fun: The Diary of Jen Kirkman Podcast, Greg Proops – The Smartest Man In The World, and Good One: A Podcast about Jokes hosted by Jesse David Fox.

 

More artists to be announced in the coming weeks!

 

JFL42 embarks on its sixth year as one of the most anticipated festivals in Toronto. This ground-breaking comedy experience created by Just For Laughs invites its fans to choose their own adventure with a flexible pass and ticketing system that allows fans to take advantage of both the traditional and new ways to enjoy stand-up comedy.

 

JFL42 is funded by the Government of Ontario and Heritage Canada.

 

TICKET DETAILS:

Passes to JFL42 go on sale Friday, June 2 at 10:00 AM. Tickets go on sale June 9 at 10:00 AM. Buy online at jfl42.com. Festival passes range from $55 to $299 (excluding service charges). Single tickets range from $25 to $65.50 (excluding service charges).

 

ABOUT JFL42

Established in 2012 and now in its sixth year, JFL42 is a pass-based interactive comedy Festival in Toronto created by Group Just For Laughs. Developed with a mandate to celebrate the most hilarious, innovative, riveting and relevant comedy experiences in the world with Toronto audiences, JFL42’s unique interactive pass-based ticketing and reservation system makes it the first comedy festival of its kind. In addition to JFL42, Just For Laughs has produced the world’s most prestigious comedy festival in Montreal for the past 35 years and in recent years has launched festivals in Sydney, Vancouver, and London, England.

For more information, visit: www.jfl42.com

 

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