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

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MEDIA ALERT
October 1, 2018

The 7th annual JFL42 Festival closes with a bang!

Featuring countless sold out performances, endless standing ovations, and for the first time in JFL42 history, a groundbreaking show at the new Scotiabank Arena with Joe Rogan

Toronto, ON – October 1, 2018 – JFL42, presented by SiriusXM, wraps up ten days of belly-busting laughter, featuring some of today’s top rising comedy stars. Uniting comedy fans from across the GTA and beyond, the 7th edition of JFL42 ran across Toronto from September 20th to 29th.

JFL42 is a pass-based interactive comedy festival created by Just For Laughs.

Thousands flocked the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts night after night for eight different headlining performances from comedy’s best, including Seth Meyers, Jo Koy, Wanda Sykes, Hannibal Buress, Reggie Watts, Chris D’Elia, Anthony Jeselnik and Ken Jeong. Performing at 13 venues across Toronto, this year’s diverse and dynamic 42 lineup included; Margaret Cho, Bridget Everett, Jeff Ross, Lil Rel Howery, Neal Brennan, Tony Hinchcliffe, Maria Bamford, Theo Von, Anthony Atamanuik, Tom Thakkar, Ryan Hamilton, The Cooties, Greg Proops, James Davis, Donnell Rawlings, Courtney Gilmour, Fortune Feimster, and many more!

ComedyCon, JFL42’s daytime programming series, peeled back the curtain for its third edition, giving comedy fans unprecedented access to their favourite comedy masterminds. TIFF Bell Lightbox and The Second City hosted riveting In Conversations featuring the likes of Wanda Sykes, Chris D’Elia, Anthony Jeselnik, Reggie Watts, Jo Koy, Ken Jeong, Neal Brennan, Nick Swardson, Margaret Cho, Maria Bamford, Anthony Atamanuik in character as “Donald Trump”, Lil Rel Howery and Adam Pally. The ComedyCon experience also included special presentations by Much Studios’ 4YE Live – Judge Tyco: Court Is In Session, CBC’s Workin’ Moms, and Baroness Von Sketch and VICE’s Nirvanna The Band The Show. Fans were also able to attend live recordings of top charting podcasts, including Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert, Kill Tony podcast, Mike On Much Live, Marina Franklin’s Friends Like Us, Chris Gethard’s Beautiful Stories From Anonymous People, ASAPScience’s Sidenote podcast, Stop Podcasting Yourself, The Dork Forest and Greg Proops’ Smartest Man In The World Proopcast.

Back by popular demand, JFL TV produced three original standup specials at the Longboat Theatre for CraveTV starring hometown heroes, DJ Demers, Robby Hoffman and Mark Forward.

SiriusXM Canada’s annual Top Comic competition hosted by Ben Miner and headlined by Maria Bamford took the Winter Garden Theatre by storm on September 27th, with Chanty Marostica, the first ever non-binary, transgender comic to win the contest and a $25,000 prize. Chanty’s win also earned them invitations to perform at all four of the Just For Laughs Festivals in the coming season: Just For Laughs Sydney (Australia), JFL NorthWest in Vancouver, the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal (which will include a performance filmed for broadcast on a Bell property in the 2019/2020 television season), and again at JFL42 2019 in Toronto. SiriusXM had a multitude of live broadcasts over a two-day period, featuring engaging interviews with various comics as guests on shows including Ben Miner, The Breakdown with Alison Dore and The Todd Shapiro Show.

The 7th edition of JFL42 broke previous audience records, proving Torontonian comedy fans really know and love their comedy.

JFL42 by the Numbers:

84,000+ Total number of Festival attendees

13 – Venues across Toronto

288 – Number of JFL42 shows this year

10 – Number of headlining shows at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, two shows from Jo Koy, two from Seth Meyers, as well as performances by Wanda Sykes, Hannibal Buress, Reggie Watts, Chris D’Elia, Anthony Jeselnik and Ken Jeong.

1 – Marks the first time a JFL42 headliner show has taken place at the Scotiabank Arena. Joe Rogan made JFL42 history by performing to the largest Festival audience at one show, ever. This was the last stop of his highly successful Strange Times Tour before this show will debut Oct. 2 on Netflix. Set your PVRs if you missed it at JFL42!

31 – Number of ComedyCon events from September 20 –29

13 – Number of podcasts that recorded live from Toronto

49 – Number of different comedy shows featured in the Festival lineup in addition to the nine headliners

200+ Number of different local Toronto artists appearing on the various stages across the 10 days of the festival, once again giving JFL42 pass holders access to the deep and talented Toronto comedy community

JFL42 is made possible through grants from Celebrate Ontario and Heritage Canada, as well as the following sponsors: SiriusXM; Virgin Mobile, Jack Astor’s, Beau’s Brewery; Comedy Network; NOW

About JFL42:

Established in 2012 and now in its seventh year, JFL42 is a pass-based interactive comedy Festival in Toronto created by 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 36 years and in recent years has launched festivals in Sydney and Vancouver.

For more information visit: www.jfl42.com

Social media:

Twitter: @JFL42

Facebook: facebook.com/JFL42

Instagram: @JFL42

Snapchat: jfl42fest

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MEDIA ALERT
Thursday, August 30, 2018

JFL42, TORONTO’S COMEDY FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES MARIA BAMFORD

WILL NOW HEADLINE SIRIUS XM’S TOP COMIC

The eight finalists will compete at JFL42 in the Top Comic Finale featuring headliner Maria Bamford

Finale to air live on SiriusXM’s Canada Laughs (ch. 168)

Toronto, August 30 2018 – The JFL42 Festival, presented by SiriusXM, is excited to announce today that Maria Bamford will now headline the 9th annual SiriusXM Top Comic Competition.

On August 22, SiriusXM Canada, the country’s leading audio entertainment company, revealed the eight comics who will advance to the SiriusXM Top Comic Finale: Kyle Brownrigg, Sophie Buddle, Brittany Lyseng, Myles Morrison, Chanty Marostica, Alex Pavone, Nick Reynoldson and Ryan Williams. It will be a battle of the one liner as the comics go head-to-head for the coveted title of SiriusXM’s Top Comic and the grand prize of $25,000 and more. The Finale, hosted by comic Ben Miner of SiriusXM’s Canada Laughs (ch.168) and featuring headlining comedian Maria Bamford and will take place Thursday, September 27 at Toronto’s Winter Garden Theatre as part of JFL42 presented by SiriusXM Canada.

Maria Bamford stars in the semi-autobiographical Netflix comedy series Lady Dynamite, created by Mitch Hurwitz (Arrested Development) and Pam Brady (South Park). Maria is also the creator and star of Maria Bamford: the special special special and of the cult hit web series The Maria Bamford Show. She was the first female comic to have two half-hour Comedy Central Presents specials and starred alongside Patton Oswalt, Zach Galifianakis and Brian Posehn in the Comedy Central series, The Comedians of Comedy and Netflix’s Comedians of Comedy: The Movie.

She voices characters on numerous animated series, including Talking Tom and Friends, BoJack Horseman, Adventure Time, Legend of Korra, Puss in Boots and PBS’s Emmy-winning series Word Girl. Maria recurred as DeBrie Bardeaux on Netflix’s Arrested Development reboot and on the ABC hit, Fresh Off the Boat. Her new special Old Baby is available on Netflix.

ABOUT JFL42

Established in 2012 and now in its seventh 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

About SiriusXM Canada

SiriusXM Canada Holdings Inc., operating as SiriusXM Canada, is the country’s leading entertainment company. SiriusXM creates and offers commercial-free music; premier sports talk and live events; comedy; news; and exclusive talk and entertainment. SiriusXM is available in vehicles from every major car company and on smartphones and other connected devices as well as online at siriusxm.ca.

Join SiriusXM Canada on Facebook at facebook.com/siriusxmcanada, on Twitter at @siriusxmcanada, on Instagram at @siriusxmcanada and on YouTube at youtube.com/siriusxmcanada.

SiriusXM radios and accessories are available from retailers nationwide and online at SiriusXM. In addition, SiriusXM Music for Business provides commercial-free music to a variety of businesses. SiriusXM is also a leading provider of connected vehicles services, giving customers access to a suite of safety, security, and convenience services including automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle recovery assistance, enhanced roadside assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.

SiriusXM Canada has been designated one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies nine years in a row and is currently a Platinum Club Member.

Join us on social media:

Twitter: @JFL42

Facebook: facebook.com/JFL42

Instagram: @JFL42

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MEDIA ALERT
Thursday, August 30, 2018

Just For Laughs and CraveTV Partner on Three New Original Stand-Up Specials

– Headlined by unique Canadian comedians Robby Hoffman, DJ Demers, and Mark Forward, all-new one-hour specials to tape next month at JFL42 Festival in Toronto –

TORONTO (August XXX, 2018)  Just For Laughs and CraveTV announced today that they will once again partner on three hour-long CraveTV Original stand-up comedy specials, exclusively for the premium streaming service. Showcasing Canada’s own Robby Hoffman, DJ Demers, and Mark Forward, the new stand-up specials will be taped in front of a live audience at Toronto’s Longboat Hall as part of JFL42, Toronto’s Just For Laughs comedy festival, before landing on CraveTV later this year.

Heading into its seventh edition, JFL42, running from September 20-29, 2018, is a pass-based interactive comedy festival allowing comedy fans to access more shows than ever before, establishing itself as one of today’s most successful and innovative comedy events.

“We are so proud to be the only Canadian broadcaster or streaming service producing long-form stand-up, and look forward to working with our partners at Just For Laughs to bring these three specials to life,” said Tracey Pearce, President Distribution and Pay, Bell Media. “The specials we taped at JFL42 last year were a huge hit with our subscribers, and we know these fresh hours from Robby, DJ, and Mark will be equally as popular.”

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with CraveTV once again to create even more stand-up comedy specials for Canadian audiences,” said Bruce Hills, President, Just For Laughs. “We’re also very excited to be able to provide homegrown artists Robby Hoffman, DJ Demers, and Mark Forward a platform to showcase their talents to Canadian comedy lovers, both in Toronto and beyond.”

The new stand-up specials join the long list of projects that Just For Laughs and Bell Media have partnered on in the past, including six seasons of JUST FOR LAUGHS: ALL ACCESS and HOMEGROWN COMICS HOSTED BY K. TREVOR WILSON (premiering on Monday, September 3 at 9 p.m. ET on The Comedy Network). CraveTV’s first three original stand-up specials taped at JFL42 in 2017: DARCY MICHAEL GOES TO CHURCH, DEB DIGIOVANNI: HERE’S THE THING, and GRAHAM CHITTENDEN: RELUCTANT ADULT, which are all currently streaming on CraveTV.

Robby Hoffman is a writer and performer who just wrapped writing for TruTV’s THE CHRIS GETHARD SHOW. This year, she was named one of Comedy Central’s ‘Up Next’ comedians. She was recently a writer on the CBC shows WORKIN’ MOMS, and BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW, and won an Emmy for her work on PBS’ ODD SQUAD. As a comedian, Hoffman has performed in many renowned festivals, including the Montréal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, Bridgetown, and Denver’s Crom Festival.

DJ Demers is an award-winning stand-up comedian. Demers appeared on Season 11 of NBC’s AMERICA’S GOT TALENT, and has performed stand-up on TBS’ CONAN. Winner of the 2014 Homegrown Comics Competition at the prestigious Montréal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, Demers has also performed as part of Toronto’s JFL42 Comedy Festival. Winner of the 2013 Toronto Comedy Brawl, and finalist on NBC’s STAND-UP FOR DIVERSITY, Demers also won ‘Best Breakout Artist’ at the 2015 Canadian Comedy Awards. In 2018, his album, [Indistinct Chatter], was nominated for a JUNO Award for Best Comedy Album.

Mark Forward is a multi-award-winning comedian. He has performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and made his 10th return to the Montréal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival this summer. He’s been on Comedy Central’s JOHN OLIVER’S NEW YORK STAND-UP SHOW and has made a number of appearances on CBS’ THE LATE LATE SHOW. An accomplished actor, Forward was featured in the third season of FX’s FARGO, was a writer and cast member on IFC and The Comedy Network’s THE JON DORE TELEVISION SHOW, and is a series regular on CraveTV’s LETTERKENNY. Loved for stealing almost every scene he is in, Forward has also self-distributed a phenomenal comedy special- and it’s only 99 cents!

The CraveTV Original stand-up specials are co-produced by Just For Laughs Television and Counterfeit Pictures in association with Bell Media’s CraveTV. Executive producers are Bruce Hills from Just For Laughs and Dan Bennett, Shane Corkery, and Anton Leo from Counterfeit Pictures. The specials are directed by Shelagh O’Brien. For Bell Media, production executive is Chris Kelley. Sarah Fowlie is Director, Original Production, Comedy, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Justin Stockman is Vice-President Pay and OTT Services, Bell Media. Tracey Pearce is President, Distribution and Pay, Bell Media.  Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.

CraveTV Social Media:
@CraveTVCanada
@CraveTV_PR
Facebook
Instagram
#iCraveFridays

 

Just For Laughs Social Media:
Facebook: @justforlaughs
Twitter: @justforlaughs
Instagram: @justforlaughs

 

About CraveTV:
Created for TV lovers and devoted to television, CraveTV is Canada’s premium TV streaming service, providing the most robust lineup of superior television content in the country. From TV’s most-acclaimed dramas and beloved comedies to documentaries, music, and factual programming, CraveTV features thousands of hours of premium non-kids TV programming, representing hundreds of unique titles including the entire off-air library of HBO’s iconic programming catalogue and hundreds of hours of acclaimed SHOWTIME series and specials. CraveTV is available directly to all Canadians with access to the Internet, as well as to customers of Eastlink, TELUS Optik TV, Bell Fibe TV, Bell Satellite TV, Bell Aliant FibreOP TV, Access Communications, Northwestel, SaskTel, Cable Cable, Hay Communications, Mitchell Seaforth Cable TV, Tuckersmith Communications, Wightman Telecom subscribers, NRTC Communications, WTC Communications, Tbaytel, Execulink Telecom, and VMedia. Available through traditional set-top boxes, mobile apps on iOS, Android, and Microsoft Windows 8.1 and Xbox One, the web, Apple TV, Chromecast, and select Samsung Smart TVs. CraveTV is from Bell Media, Canada’s premier multi-media company with more than a decade of leadership delivering Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed television programming across the Pay, Specialty, Digital, and Network TV landscapes. For more on CraveTV, visit www.CraveTV.ca.

Just For Laughs Television is one of the world’s leading producers of stand-up comedy and variety programming.  JFL’s productions have been seen in Canada on CBC and an array of Bell networks and platforms (The Comedy Network, CTV, CTV2, The Movie Network, HBO Canada, CraveTV and Snackable), and internationally on HBO, FOX, ABC, MTV, Kevin Hart’s LOL Network, TBS, CBC, IFC, W, The CW, RTL, TF1, Comedy Central, Showtime, Hulu, SeeSo, BBC1, BBC America and TEN Australia. Beyond stand-up, the TV franchise Just For Laughs Gags has also become a household name worldwide, being seen in 135 countries, on 95 airlines, and on its own YouTube channel which has over 9 billion views. Just For Laughs Television is part of the Just For Laughs Group, with growth concentrated on four major focal points: festivals (in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney); television production; live shows (Canadian tour dates for Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Hart, and more). Its inaugural Montreal Festival is 35 years old and is now the world’s largest and most prestigious comedy event, welcoming 2.5 million people each summer. The Group has offices in Montreal, Paris, Los Angeles, Toronto, and London.

 

MEDIA ALERT
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

*NEW ARTISTS/SHOWS TO THE JFL42 LINE UP:

  • Adam Pally’s Vino Diesel
  • James Davis
  • Matteo Lane’s “Streisand at the Bonsoir”
  • Tim Dillon and Janelle James
  • Moses Storm
    • Las Culturistas: I Don’t Think So Honey

 *NEW COMEDYCON Events:

 Tim Dillon is Going To Hell Podcast

  • Talking With Canadian TV Comedy Writers
  • Sidenote Podcast
  • In Conversation with Adam Pally
  • 4YE Live – Judge Tyco: Court is in Session
  • Las Culturistas Podcast

The Seventh Edition of Toronto’s Comedy Festival Returns

from September 20 – 29, 2018

Toronto, August 28 2018 – The JFL42 Festival, presented by SiriusXM, continues to stun with even more star-power added to the seventh annual festival lineup, featuring the likes of Adam Pally, Matteo Lane’s “Streisand at the Bonsoir”, Moses Storm, Tim Dillon and Janelle James. ComedyCon, JFL42’s eminent daytime programming also expands its lineup with even more events and live podcast tapings, including, Tim Dillon is Going to Hell Podcast, a Canadian TV Comedy Writer’s panel, Sidenote Podcast featuring Mitch Moffit and Greg Brown of AsapSCIENCE, In Conversation with Adam Pally, 4YE Live – Judge Tyco: Court is in Session, and the Las Culturistas podcast.

THE 42
Adam Pally: Actor, comedian, and writer, most widely recognized for his roles in ABC’s Happy Endings, FOX’s The Mindy Project, and LD Entertainment’s latest film, Dog Days, Adam Pally will be bringing his show, Adam Pally’s Vino Diesel to the JFL42 stage. Vino Diesel is a talk show/pop up shop/wine tasting/unlistenable podcast/party hosted by Adam Pally, where he seeks to learn about wine from a sommelier, attempts sophisticated conversation with someone from the entertainment world, sells merch exclusively designed for each show, and jams out to music. It’s unlike any other talk show experience as audience members are invited to come on stage, taste the wine, shop the collection and join in on the fun.

James Davis: A rising force in comedy, James Davis, will be performing as part of the JFL42 lineup. Creator and star of Comedy Central’s Hood Adjacent with James Davis, and host of the Facebook show Do Or Dare, James will debut his first hour-long comedy special on Comedy Central later this year. He was a past writer on CBS’ The Late Late Show with James Corden, has a recurring role on Kevin’ Hart’s Real Husbands of Hollywood, and can be seen on Comedy Central’s Kevin Hart Presents: The Next Level.

Matteo Lane: Previously announced, comedian and vocalist, Matteo Lane, of Snapchat’s digital series Ghost Hunt and soon-to-be-released Netflix’s The Comedy Lineup: Part 2, is bringing his show, Streisand at the Bon Soir, with Matteo Lane to JFL42. Lane recreates the magic of 19-year-old Barbra Streisand’s famous jazz set at Bon Soir with his own updated flavor and stylings. Henry Koperski joins him on keys, and together they’ll flood you with musical magic from the early 1960’s.

Tim Dillon and Janelle James: Comedians Tim Dillon and Janelle James will be joining forces to deliver big laughs as part of this year’s JFL42 lineup. Named one of Rolling Stone’s ‘Ten Comics You Need To Know’, Tim Dillon has been featured on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, TruTV’s The Chris Gethard Show, and season 2 of SeeSo’s WYFD with Big Jay Oakerson. One of “The 50 Most Funny People in Brooklyn” with outstanding performances in The New York Times and Time Out Magazine, Janelle James has been featured on SeeSo’s Night Train with Wyatt Cenac, Comedy Central’s @Midnight, and can soon be seen on Netflix’s The Comedy Lineup: Part 2 later this month.

Moses Storm: Writer, performer and rising comedy star, Moses Storm, is making his JFL42 debut. He can currently be who seen in the new YouTube red series Youth & Consequences as well as the latest season of Arrested Development.  The previous finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing made his late-night debut in September 2017 on TBS’ CONAN, where he received a standing ovation after his performance. He has appeared in numerous TV shows such as Comedy Central’s Another Period and and MTV’s Acting Out, and is the face of a controversial Burger King ad campaign! Come see what he’s all about as he takes Toronto by Storm next month.

COMEDYCON

There’s nowhere else in the world you’d rather be than at ComedyCon, JFL42’s daytime programming, featuring even more podcasts, panels, and In Conversations!

TIM DILLON IS GOING TO HELL PODCAST

NYC breakout comedian, Tim Dillon, is going to Hell. Come watch him record his podcast live from Toronto where he’ll defend the CEOs, dictators, con artists, thieves, tax cheats, and crime families that make this world worth living in.

TALKING WITH CANADIAN TV COMEDY WRITERS

The resurgence of scripted comedy in Canada has led to hit shows with large and loyal viewership – and thanks to the overwhelmingly outstanding quality, and without compromising vision, these same shows are being recognized with a huge international fan base too, complete with critical acclaim. This afternoon, creative minds behind some of today’s most buzzed-about series share with us their experiences in the new age of TV comedy.

SIDENOTE PODCAST

Mitch Moffit and Greg Brown of AsapSCIENCE chat about a controversial subject each week. They then research and splice in all the mind-blowing science throughout so you are entertained while simultaneously learning.

IN CONVERSATION WITH ADAM PALLY

Have you even been curious about the inner-workings of today’s top comedic minds? In Conversation with Adam Pally will dive deep into what inspires, infuriates, and excites the talented actor, comedian and writer, through a unique and intimate program that invites fans to sit in on a candid conversation with the comedy star.

4YE LIVE – JUDGE TYCO: COURT IS IN SESSION

Toronto-based comedy duo, 4YE, formally 4Yall Entertainment, are brothers Jae and Trey Richards who have more than 1 million YouTube subscribers and over 90 million views. Court is in Session. Much Studios and 4YE will have the premiere screening of their new web series, JUDGE TYCO, at JFL42. JUDGE TYCO takes place in a courtroom where Tyco, based on his reputation as one of Toronto’s top goons, has been appointed as Judge. Wholly unqualified, Judge Tyco, presides over the most trivial cases of teenagers. The screening will be followed by a Q&A moderated by Mike Veerman, host of the Mike on Much podcast.

LAS CULTURISTAS

Las Culturistas, hosted by Matt Rogers and Bowen Yang are bringing their weekly podcast and live show, I Don’t Think So Honey to JFL42. It has been called “addictively bitchy” by Time Out New York and “an unstoppable force of charisma” by The A.V. Club. Las Culturistas was named one of Esquire’s “Top 10 Podcasts of 2017” and Time Out New York’s #1 Comedy Podcast. Their live format, I Don’t Think So Honey – featuring 50 comedians doing one-minute rants on any pop culture pest of their choosing – has been featured at Just For Laughs in Montreal, the New York Comedy Festival and the Brooklyn Podcast Festival.

Too bad, so sad: unfortunately, comedians Baron Vaughn, Joel Kim Booster and Nikki Glaser have had to cancel their appearances at this year’s JFL42. Good news, we will have additional artists to announce shortly so follow us on social for further updates.

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

SiriusXM, Jack Astor’s and Beau’s are proud supporters of the JFL42 festival.

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

TICKET DETAILS:

Buy passes and tickets online at jfl42.com. Festival passes range from $55 to $299 (excluding service charges). Single tickets range from $32.50 to $75.50 (excluding service charges).

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ABOUT JFL42

Established in 2012 and now in its seventh 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

Join us on social media:

Twitter: @JFL42

Facebook: facebook.com/JFL42

Instagram: @JFL42

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MEDIA NOTICE
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Due to the unresolved labour dispute at the Canadian National Exhibition Place, Just For Laughs has decided to move all performances originally scheduled to take place at the Coca-Cola Coliseum and Queen Elizabeth Theatre to the Scotiabank Arena and Winter Garden Theatre respectively.

Ticketmaster will be contacting all ticket holders for the Joe Rogan: Strange Times 2018 Tour scheduled to take place at the Coca-Cola Coliseum on Saturday, September 29 regarding their new seat locations and tickets at the Scotiabank Arena.

All original JFL42 tickets purchased for shows at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre will be honoured at the Winter Garden Theatre.

All shows and venues can be viewed at www.jfl42.com

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Press contact:

C2C Communications

Charlene Coy

Charlene@c2ccommunications.com

JFL42, TORONTO’S COMEDY FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES NEW NAMES JOINING

THIS YEAR’S “42”: CHRIS GETHARD, BARON VAUGHN, JAMES ACASTER, TONY HINCHCLIFFE, JOEL KIM BOOSTER AND JO FIRESTONE

 MORE PODCASTS COMING TO COMEDYCON:

CHRIS GETHARD’S BEAUTIFUL STORIES FROM ANONYMOUS PEOPLE  

AND

TONY HINCHCLIFFE’S KILL TONY

The Seventh Edition of Toronto’s Comedy Festival Returns

from September 20 – 29, 2018

Toronto, June 26, 2018 – The seventh annual JFL42 Festival, in association with SiriusXM, is thrilled to reveal a new collection of artists descending upon this year’s festival, running from September 20-29. Toronto promises to be the funniest city in the world this September playing host to some of today’s most sought-after comics.

THE 42

Chris Gethard: Actor, writer, and comedian Chris Gethard is the host and star of Funny or Die’s The Chris Gethard Show on TruTV, Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer, NBC’s Parks and Recreation and The Office and 20th Century Fox’s film The Heat. Chris recently starred in the Mike Birbiglia film, Don’t Think Twice and Comedy Central’s smash TV series, Broad City. Chris’ latest one-man show, Career Suicide produced by Judd Apatow, premiered on HBO after completing a successful off-Broadway run at The Lynn Redgrave Theatre in NYC. Gethard is the host of the popular Earwolf podcast Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People – which will be recording live from JFL42!

Baron Vaughn: Actor, comedian and writer, Baron Vaughn graduated from Boston University’s theatre program and immediately went on to the Williamstown Theatre Festival. That same year he was cast in Drowning Crow with Alfre Woodard on Broadway, and featured in Damn Yankees at the NY City Center with Jane Krakowski and Sean Hayes. A series regular on Netflix’s Grace and Frankie, and Comedy Central’s Corporate, Baron is also the voice of Tom Servo in the Netflix reboot of Mystery Science Theatre 3000. Vaughn has most recently been shooting his comedy stand-up series The New Negroes set to be released on Comedy Central.

James Acaster: One of the most brilliant and distinctive young comedians of this generation, James Acaster is a whimsical master who has received acclaim from around the world. He holds a record-breaking five consecutive nominations for Best Comedy Show between 2012 and 2016 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, winner of the 2015 Chortle Award for Best Show, and Best International Show Award at the 2014 New Zealand International Comedy Festival. In March 2018, Netflix released James Acaster: Repertoire to rave reviews.

Tony Hinchcliffe: Stand-up comedian Tony Hinchcliffe gained popularity with his innovative 2016 Netflix comedy special, One Shot, which follows Tony in one continuous take. Tony is considered a fresh new evolution to the now immensely popular roasting scene, having worked as a staff-writer on the past six Comedy Central Roasts. Tony hosts his own weekly show and podcast, Kill Tony which has over a million downloads a month and will be recording live from JFL42!

Joel Kim Booster: South Korea born comedian, Joel Kim Booster, is an established stand-up, writer, and playwright with credits including Comedy Central’s The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, Bravo’s Then and Now, and TruTV’s Comedy Knockout. Since being announced as a New Face of Comedy at the Just For Laughs Festival in 2016, Booster has released his own Comedy Central Presents stand-up special, in addition to writing credits on Comedy Central’s Problematic W/ Moshe Kasher. His latest comedy album Model Minority is available everywhere. He was also just named one of Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch in 2018.

Jo Firestone: Stand-up comic Jo Firestone’s work can be seen on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon as a writer, TruTV’s The Chris Gethard Show as a consulting producer, and heard on Earwolf and WFMU. Her half-hour special aired on Comedy Central this year, and her album is available on Comedy Central Records. If you like puns, check out her game, Punderdome: A Card Game for Pun Lovers.

COMEDYCON

ComedyCon is back with even more unparalleled programming for all comedy lovers! Back for its third edition, ComedyCon will provide comedy connoisseurs with behind-the-scenes access to some of today’s top artists.

BEAUTIFUL STORIES FROM ANONYMOUS PEOPLE PODCAST  

1 phone call. 1 hour. No names. No holds barred. That’s the premise behind Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People, hosted by comedian Chris Gethard (TruTV’s The Chris Gethard Show, Comedy Central’s Broad CityThis American Life podcast, and one of Time Out’s 10 best comedians of 2015). Every week, Chris opens the phone line to one anonymous caller, and he can’t hang up first, no matter what. From shocking confessions and family secrets to philosophical discussions and shameless self-promotion, anything can and will happen!

 

KILL TONY PODCAST

The #1 Live Weekly Podcast in the World! Tony Hinchcliffe hosts his wildly popular podcast with his co-host Brian Redban. Rising young up and coming comics or failing older comics get their name pulled out of a bucket, do one minute of material each, and then Tony and his two weekly friends/guests give feedback, extra material, and ask questions to the young performers always leading to a hilarious debacle.

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

SiriusXM, Jack Astor’s and Beau’s are proud supporters of the 2018 JFL42 festival.

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

TICKET DETAILS:

Passes to JFL42 go on sale Friday, June 1 at 10:00 AM. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 8 at 10:00 AM. Buy online at jfl42.com. Festival passes range from $55 to $299 (excluding service charges). Single tickets range from $32.50 to $75.50 (excluding service charges).

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ABOUT JFL42

Established in 2012 and now in its seventh 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

Join us on social media:

Twitter: @JFL42

Facebook: facebook.com/JFL42

Instagram: @JFL42

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Press contact:

C2C Communications

Charlene Coy

Charlene@c2ccommunications.com

MEDIA ADVISORY

New Headliner Special Event Added!
JOE ROGAN
Comes to Ricoh Coliseum as part of Toronto’s JFL42
Saturday, September 29, 2018
7:00 pm

For tickets and passes, go to Ticketmaster.ca

“One of the most complex and exciting stand-ups working in America today… His angry, insightful act is an absorbing battle between his raw libertarian instincts and his refined liberal sensibilities.”  –William Cook, The Guardian

JOE ROGAN – Special Headliner Event
Strange Times 2018 Tour
Saturday, September 29, 2018
7:00 pm
Ricoh Coliseum (at the Exhibition Grounds, next to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre)

JFL42, in association with SiriusXM, is thrilled to welcome Joe Rogan as part of this year’s lineup of highly sought-after, hilarious headliners. The comic, podcaster, actor, TV host, and UFC commentator has enjoyed plenty of success over the course of his 20+ year career. From pulling millions of downloads each week with his podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, to capturing the attention of people around the world with his fifth hour-long comedy special, Joe Rogan: Triggered, which premiered on Netflix in 2016, Rogan promises his signature style of inquisitive and intense comedy that we all know and love. When he isn’t busy hosting some of the hottest comedians and celebrities in the game on his critically-acclaimed podcast, he can be found touring and performing to sold out crowds both locally and internationally.

JFL42 runs from September 20-29, 2018

SiriusXM, Jack Astor’s and Beau’s are proud supporters of the 2018 JFL42 festival.
JFL42 is funded by the Government of Ontario and Heritage Canada.

JOE ROGAN TICKET DETAILS:
General sale for tickets and passes start at 10:00 am on Friday, June 8.
Single tickets range between $55.50 to $75.50.
JFL42 passes with Joe Rogan range between $75.00 to $199.00

FESTIVAL TICKET DETAILS:
Passes for all other JFL42 headliners shows already on sale.
Tickets go on sale at 10:00 am on Friday, June 8.

Buy online at jfl42.com. Festival passes range from $55 to $299 (excluding service charges).
Single tickets range from $32.50 to $75.50 (excluding service charges).

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JFL42, TORONTO’S COMEDY FESTIVAL, IS BACK FEATURING

HEADLINERS SETH MEYERS, JO KOY, WANDA SYKES, HANNIBAL BURESS, ANTHONY JESELNIK, CHRIS D’ELIA, and KEN JEONG

JOINING THIS YEAR’S “42”: LIL REL HOWERY, NICK SWARDSON, JEFF ROSS, MARIA BAMFORD, MARGARET CHO, DAX SHEPARD, NEAL BRENNAN, BRIDGET EVERETT, NIKKI GLASER, ANTHONY ATAMANUIK, JERMAINE FOWLER, GREG PROOPS, DONNELL RAWLINGS, RYAN HAMILTON, FORTUNE FEIMSTER, ANDY KINDLER, DULCÉ SLOAN, GRAHAM CHITTENDEN, SIRIUSXM TOP COMIC, MATT BRAUNGER, MARK FORWARD, STERLING SCOTT, ISMO, NATHAN MACINTOSH, EMMA WILLMANN, MATTEO LANE, TOM THAKKAR, CHANTEL MAROSTICA, GUY MONTGOMERY, GRAHAM CLARK,

COURTNEY GILMOUR, THE COOTIES, GAVIN MATTS,

AND MORE!

The Seventh Edition of Toronto’s Comedy Festival Returns

from September 20 – 29, 2018

Toronto, May 29, 2018- The seventh annual JFL42 Festival, in association with SiriusXM, is returning to Toronto from September 20 – 29 with the first roster of headliners confirmed to take the stage at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts: Seth Meyers, Jo Koy, Wanda Sykes, Hannibal Buress, Anthony Jeselnik, Chris D’Elia and Ken Jeong. Featuring a boisterous combination of comedy’s esteemed stand-ups and rising stars, JFL42 gives you big laughs assembling some of the funniest artists for Toronto’s biggest comedy event of the year. Passes to JFL42 go on sale Friday, June 1 at 10:00 AM. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 8 at 10:00 AM.

Good things come in threes, which is why ComedyCon’s third year at JFL42 promises to be the best yet. The unmatched daytime program will take place from September 21 to 23 and September 28 to 29 as it continues to grow by popular demand. Highlights include more In Conversations than ever before starring Jo Koy, Wanda Sykes, Anthony Jeselnik, Chris D’Elia, Ken Jeong, Lil Rel Howery, Margaret Cho, Maria Bamford, and Anthony Atamanuik (as Donald Trump). This year’s up-close and hysterical cast panels will feature the faces of the award-winning CBC TV breakout comedies Workin’ Moms and Baroness von Sketch Show. Popular podcasts Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert, Thick Skin with Jeff Ross, Inside the Closet, Mike on Much, and The Dork Forest podcast will give fans the opportunity to attend and intimately experience podcasts they’ve only ever tuned into on their devices. From the chance to listen in on candid conversations with their favourite comedians, to hearing behind-the-scenes secrets of their favourite comedy shows and podcasts, audiences will get to learn more about the inner workings of the comedy business. Each of the ComedyCon events are available to JFL42 pass holders.

Headlining at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts:

Seth Meyers (Saturday, September 22 at 7:00 PM and 9:45 PM):  Emmy Award-winning writer and host of Late Night with Seth Meyers, Meyers began his TV career with a 13-season run on Saturday Night Live in 2001. Named one of 2014 Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, his legendary 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner monologue was one for the books. Meyers also co-created the cult comedy favourite, IFC’s Emmy-nominated docu-parody series, Documentary Now with SNL alums Fred Armisen and Bill Hader.

Jo Koy (Thursday, September 20 at 7:00 PM and Friday, September 21 at 9:45 PM): In 2017, Jo Koy broke a record for the most tickets sold by a comedian at Blaisdell Concert Hall in Honolulu with 11 sold-out shows and over 23,000 tickets sold. His current 2018 tour has close to 200 booked shows, and will be stopping in venues all over the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and Asia. With all new material, Koy brings his personal life to the stage sharing what it’s like raising a teenage son to growing up with a Filipino mother. One of today’s premiere stand-up comedians, don’t miss the opportunity to experience Jo’s infectious and explosive energy on stage.

Wanda Sykes (Sunday, September 23 at 7:00 PM): Multi-award-winning actress, producer, and comic, Wanda Sykes has been seen on several television shows for the last 20 years. Recently, she appeared on ABC’s Black-ish, Comedy Central’s Broad City, HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, and was one of the head writers on ABC’s reboot of Roseanne. Both her first and second HBO stand up specials Wanda Sykes; Sick and Tired and I’ma Be Me were nominated for Primetime Emmy awards. Sykes starred and produced the Comedy Central show Wanda Does It, her own late-night talk show on FOX, The Wanda Sykes Show, not to mention 5 years as part of the HBO’s critically acclaimed Chris Rock Show. She’s been called one of the funniest stand-up comedians by her peers and ranks among Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Funniest People in America. Her smart-witted stand-up has made her an audience favourite.

Hannibal Buress (Thursday, September 27 at 7:00 PM): Hannibal Buress is a fan-favourite comedian, writer, and podcast host. The New York Times called him one of the most “supremely gifted and respected” comics around and the FADER said subscribing to his podcast, Handsome Rambler, is a must. Buress appears in Comedy Central’s Broad City and is a regular on the late-night circuit, recently appearing with Dave Chappelle, Chance The Rapper, Chris Rock, Nas and Ms. Lauryn Hill, and has written for NBC’s Saturday Night Live as well as NBC’s 30 Rock. Since his role in the comedy feature Daddy’s Home, Buress has appeared on various big screens for Sony and Marvel in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and the Baywatch revival for Paramount Studios. Hannibal has lent his voice to the animated films The Secret Life of Pets and Angry Birds, and his upcoming film Tag will be released this summer. His third stand up special hour Comedy Camisado is currently streaming on Netflix.

Anthony Jeselnik (Friday, September 28 at 9:45 PM): Anthony Jeselnik starred in and created The Jeselnik Offensive, which ran for two seasons on Comedy Central. He has written for and appeared on several roasts for Comedy Central, most notably The Roast of Donald Trump and The Roast of Charlie Sheen, performed on CONAN, The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live and was the first ever stand-up comic to appear on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He has written for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and received an Emmy Nomination for his work on A Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Concert for Autism Education. Jeselnik was named one of Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch in 2008 and one of Comedy Central’s Hot Comics in 2009. He hosted season nine of NBC’s Last Comic Standing and received praise for his hour long special Thoughts and Prayers, which was released by Netflix in 2015.

Chris D’Elia (Friday, September 21 at 7:00 PM):  One of the most sought-after performers in the comedy world, Chris D’Elia is most widely recognized for his standup and starring role in NBC’s comedy series, Undateable and his latest Netflix special, Man on Fire. A regular at Hollywood comedy clubs, D’Elia continues to tour throughout North America to sold out crowds. Currently in a recurring role on ABC’s The Good Doctor, D’Elia also hosts a successful weekly podcast Congratulations with Chris D’Elia which launched last year.

Ken Jeong (Friday, September 28 at 7:00 PM): Actor, producer, and writer, Ken Jeong, best known for his iconic performance in The Hangover, has established himself as one of today’s top comedic stars. Jeong first earned a medical degree at the University of North Carolina, then completed a residency in New Orleans – all while working on his comedy routine. With credits including Role Models, Pineapple Express, Step Brothers, and Knocked Up, Jeong stole scenes as a series regular on NBC’s critically acclaimed Community. Jeong mostly recently created, wrote, executive produced and starred in ABC’s Dr. Ken, with his upcoming film Crazy Rich Asians opening this summer.

More headliners will be announced shortly.

THE 42

Lil Rel Howery: Star of FOX’s upcoming sitcom REL, based on his life, Lil Rel Howery is most widely recognized for his breakout role in Jordan Peele’s Academy-award winning film, Get Out. His standup special RELevant premiered on Comedy Central and was produced by Kevin Hart, who he’s opened for on tour. The telecast was named one of the 10 best stand-up specials of 2015 by Vulture.com, and has become a favourite of fans and comedy heavyweights. Howery’s first stand-up special, an installment of Comedy Central’s The Half Hours, premiered in 2013.

Nick Swardson: The road to success has been a steady climb for Swardson, from writing for Warner Brothers to catching the attention of Happy Madison Productions where he quickly became a fixture in the company writing or co-writing and producing films like Grandma’s BoyBenchwarmers, and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. Swardson not only wrote and produced, but starred in That’s My Boy, Blades of Glory30 Minutes or Less, and Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star. His first CD/DVD, Party, on Comedy Central Records went platinum, after which he followed it up in 2010 with his first one-hour stand-up special Seriously who Farted and then Taste It! which premiered last April.

Jeff Ross: Coming to Roast Toronto as part of JFL 42,  “The Roastmaster General”, Jeff Ross, is a respected comedian, writer, director, and producer. Ross co-wrote the 2016 comedy-drama, The Comedian, starring Robert DeNiro. Known for his ruthless Comedy Central Roasts, his show Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle allows two comedians to go mic to mic in a battle of wits. His blistering performances at celebrity roasts for the likes of Hugh Hefner, Donald J. Trump, Jerry Stiller, Drew Carey, and Shaquille O’Neal, inspired New York Magazine to crown him The Meanest Man in

Maria Bamford: Stand-up comedian, actress, voice actress and writer, Bamford stars on such hits as HBO’s Arrested Development, ABC’s Fresh off the Boat, and in the semi-autobiographical and wildly successful Netflix comedy series Lady Dynamite. She’s also the creator and star of Maria Bamford: The Special Special Special and of the cult hit web series The Maria Bamford Show. Bamford was the first female comic to have two half-hour specials and voice characters on numerous animated series, including Talking Tom and Friends, BoJack Horseman, Adventure Time, Legend of Korra, Puss in Boots and PBS’s Emmy-winning series Word Girl. Her new special Old Baby is available on Netflix.

Margaret Cho: Cho kicked off her stand up career by opening for Jerry Seinfeld. Since then, she has won 2 Grammy Awards for “Comedy Album of the Year”, with plenty of sold-out tours. The Guardian called her last show “outrageous as ever”, while W Magazine raved that her comedy “knows no boundaries”. Her groundbreaking, off-Broadway show I’m The One That I Want toured the country to national acclaim, and was later transformed into a best-selling book and feature film. Emmy-award nominee for her guest appearance on NBC’s 30 Rock, Cho is a powerful activist standing for anti-racism, anti-bullying, and advocating for homeless and gay rights.

Neal Brennan: Three-time Emmy-nominated writer, director, producer, and standup comedian Neal Brennan has become a force in the comedy world. He has collaborated with the top writers and talent in the business and worked on several popular shows and specials including The Daily Show with Trevor NoahChris Rock: TamborineMichelle Wolf: Nice Lady and the feature film The Female BrainPaste Magazine listed Brennan’s first one-hour stand up special Women and Black Dudes on the “10 Best Standup Specials of 2014” and reviewed his critically acclaimed 2017 Netflix special 3 Mics as “It will floor your in the best way possible.”

Bridget Everett: Named “the most exciting performer in New York City” on the cover of the Village Voice and “raw and riotous” by The New York Times, Bridget Everett’s film, theater, and television credits include Inside Amy Schumer, Lady Dynamite, Sex And The City, Trainwreck, Girls and the off-Broadway smash Rock Bottom. Bridget had leading roles in 3 feature films that were released in 2017 including Patti Cake$ and Fun Mom Dinner. Bridget is currently working with Lena Dunham on a new HBO series, Camping.

Nikki Glaser:  One of today’s most popular young comedians, Nikki Glaser is the creator, executive producer, and star of the popular Comedy Central series Not Safe w/ Nikki Glaser. She has made memorable appearances on Comedy Central’s @midnightInside Amy SchumerThe Roast of Rob Lowe, and has had multiple appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. While continuing to cement her status as a force in stand-up comedy, headlining shows across the country, her current SiriusXM show, You Up w/ Nikki Glaser and her Netflix special The Standups have received rave reviews.

Anthony Atamanuik: Famous for playing Donald Trump on Comedy Central’s The President Show, Anthony Atamanuik will be performing at JFL42 in character. Atamanuik has been writing, performing, and producing comedy for over twenty years, and is currently performing with the critically acclaimed and award-winning weekend team Death by Roo Roo. Atamanuik co-hosts ASSSSCAT 3000, and stars in his one-man variety show, The Tony Show. He has appeared on Adult Swim’s Fat Guy Stuck in InternetLate Night with Conan O’Brian, The Reggie Watt’s Live at Central Park Comedy Central Special, Todd Barry’s Comedy Central Special, Dinner With Friends with Brett Gelman and Friends, Broad City and 30 Rock.

Jermaine Fowler: Actor, writer and comedian, Jermaine Fowler is the star and executive producer of CBS’ hit comedy, Superior Donuts. With a recurring role on HBO’s Crashing, Fowler also stars in the upcoming science fiction comedy film, Sorry To Bother You, which took the Sundance Film Festival by storm. Most recently, Fowler stole the show as the announcer of the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

Greg Proops: Greg Proops is an actor, stand-up comedian and television host widely known for his unpredictable appearances on Whose Line is it Anyway? His popular, award-winning podcast, The Smartest Man in the World, was deemed “some of the boldest comedy on the podcasting frontier right now” by Rolling Stone Magazine. He has lent his voice to Hell and Back, Star Wars the Phantom Menace, The Nightmare Before Christmas and he really was Bob the Builder. Greg’s new book “The Smartest Book in the World” is based on his popular podcast and he has a new stand up album out called In the Ball Park.

Donnell Rawlings: Donnell Rawlings is an overnight success a decade in the making. He first made a splash in the DC comedy clubs going from a heckler in the audience to HBO’s Def Comedy Jam in a period of six months. You’ve seen him on the wildly successful HBO show The Wire and as ‘Ashy Larry’ on Comedy Central’s award winning and critically celebrated Chappelle’s  Show, where he joined Dave Chappelle as both as a writer and performer. He was also featured in Queen Latifah’s Percentage and his 1-Hour Stand-Up Ashy to Classy, which premiered on Comedy Central in 2010. Donnell has continued to tour heavily, performing his intelligently bold stand-up throughout the US, Europe, and the Caribbean.

Ryan Hamilton: Ryan Hamilton is endearing comedy lovers, and his future is bright. Named one of Rolling Stone’s Five Comics to Watch with standout appearances on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Conan, The Late Late Show, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, and Showtime, he’s establishing himself as one of the country’s favorite stand-ups. Most recently, Ryan made one of his most high-profile appearances when he opened for Gad Elmaleh and Jerry Seinfeld at Carnegie Hall and released his first Netflix comedy special hour Happy Face. 

Fortune Feimster: Fortune first made a name for herself as a performer and writer on E’s Chelsea Lately. She has since appeared on Idiotsitter, Mulaney, Glee, Two Broke Girls, Workaholics, Drunk History, @midnight, and Last Comic Standing. In 2015, Fortune created and starred in the Tina Fey produced pilot Family Fortune for ABC. Last year, her Half Hour for Comedy Central aired, and she was named to Variety’s list of Top 10 Comics to Watch. She can currently be seen as a series regular as Ruby on NBC’s Champions, as ‘Nurse Collette’ on Hulu’s The Mindy Project, and recurs on CBS’ Life in Pieces. Recently, Fortune shot a role for the independent film F***ing People and her own half hour special for Netflix. She has performed stand-up on TBS’s Conan, Comedy Central’s @midnight, and has her own Comedy Central half hour special. Fortune now headlines the best comedy clubs across the country and is one of comedy’s fastest rising stars.

Andy Kindler:  Andy is a comedian who’s truly done it all. He’s returning to JFL42 for the seventh year in a row to host Festival favourite (and longest running show at the Festival!) 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.

Dulcé Sloan: Dulcé Sloan is the latest full-time correspondent to join Comedy Central’s “Best F#@king News Team” on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. This past year, Dulcé was named by Rolling Stone as one of the “10 Comedians You Need To Know” and was hailed by TimeoutLA as a “2017 Comedian to Watch.” She has also been honoured as the 2016 NBC Stand Up Showcase Winner, a Montreal Just For Laughs New Face, and as a “Comedian to Watch” on The Steve Harvey Show. Most recently, she was cast in the FOX pilot Type-A opposite Eva Longoria and the Amy Poehler project Dumb Prince on NBC. She has also appeared on MTV’s Acting Out, Comedy Central’s @Midnight, Tru TV’s Comedy Knockout, and made her stand-up debut on TBS’ Conan. 

SiriusXM Top Comic with Headliner Nikki Glaser: 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 four Just for Laughs festival appearances (Montreal, Vancouver, Toronto and Sydney Australia), an appearance on a JFL TV taping airing on a Bell property network, $25,000, and the title of SiriusXM’s Top Comic

Matt Braunger:  Matt Braunger grew up in Portland, Oregon and has been professionally hilarious since 2007. The year after he won “Best of the Fest” at the Aspen Comedy Festival and has since produced two comedy specials: Shovel Fighter on Comedy Central and Big Dumb Animal on Netflix. You’ve seen him doing stand-up on LettermanThe Tonight ShowThe Late Late ShowConanSXSW Comedy on Showtime, The Meltdown, and Live at Gotham to name just a few. No stranger to acting, Braunger has also played roles in Marvel’s Agent CarterBojack HorsemanThe Michael J. Fox showMad TV and many, many more. He recently taped a new hour special in Portland and can be heard weekly on his acclaimed podcast Ding-Donger with Matt Braunger.

Guy Montgomery: Guy Montgomery is a New Zealand-based award-winning comedian, improviser, and screenwriter, who is also tragically best known as co-host of the international smash podcast The Worst Idea of All Time. Renowned internationally for having performed at comedy festivals around the world, Montgomery has written and hosted 60 episodes of Fail Army for TV3 and was the former host and writer of U late on TVNZU.

Chantel Marostica: Featured on CBC’s Laugh Out Loud and Debaters, Chantel Marostica is well recognized for their high-energy and observational comedy style. Having performed at many festivals around the country including Just For Laughs Montreal, Winnipeg Comedy Festival, JFL42, Guelph Comedy Festival, Sirius XM’s “Top Comic Finals” and Thunder Bay Comedy Festival, Marostica has landed spots opening for comedy greats including Russell Peters, Tom Green and Judy Gold, to name a few.

Nathan Macintosh: Nathan Macintosh is quickly becoming one of the names to know in comedy. He recently made his network television debut on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on CBS, Conan, and then his own half hour special shown on The Comedy Network/CTV. His debut album I Wasn’t Talking was featured in Exclaim Magazine’s Top Ten Hilariously Good Comedy Moments of 2015. He is also the host of the podcast Positive Anger, which has over 900,000 listens and is frequently in the top 200 podcasts on iTunes. Nathan has performed at many major comedy festivals and has been heard on SiriusXM’s Laugh AttackChomping At The Bit, CBC radio’s The Debaters, and Raw Report.

Graham Chittenden: Graham Chittenden is an audience favourite and a familiar face at the Just For Laughs festival, on television, and on the radio. Graham has shared tours and stages with Gerry Dee, Andrea Martin, Howie Mandel, John Pinette, and Bob Saget. He has appeared in numerous comedy specials, including his own show, What A Guy, which aired on The Comedy Network and was nominated for a 2012 Canadian Comedy Award. His latest one hour special, Graham Chittenden: Reluctant Adult, was filmed at JFL42 in 2017 and recently released for streaming on CraveTV. Graham has written for CBC’s The DebatersThe Genie Awards, and Still Standing , as well as working as a creative consultant for Wipeout Canada.

Mark Forward: Mark Forward is a multi-award-winning comedian. He has performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and will make his 10th return to the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal this summer. He’s been on John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show on Comedy Central and has made a number of appearances on The Late Late Show on CBS.  Also, an accomplished actor, Forward was a writer and cast member on The Jon Dore Television Show on IFC and The Comedy Network, not to mention he’s a series regular on CraveTV’s Letterkenny and played Donny Mashman in season 3 of Fargo on FX. Loved for stealing almost every scene he is in, Forward also self-distributed a phenomenal comedy special- and it’s only 99 cents!

Sterling Scott: Crowd favorite and 2017 SiriusXM Top Comic runner-up, Sterling Scott’s material stems from his experiences with relationships, family, being a father, current events, his outlook on life and the world, and those awkward moments that people from all walks of life can relate to. As a writer and actor, Sterling has worked on season twenty of the Canadian comedy television show This Hour has 22 Minutes and was the 2017 winner at the Just For Laughs Stand Up and Pitch Competition in Montreal, granting him a development deal by Kevin Hart to produce his own show on the LOL  Network.

Ismo: Ismo’s comedy career started in Finland in 2002 where he toured across the country to sold out theatres, starred in his own sitcom ISMO and released three comedy specials. He has been gaining attention at the biggest comedy festivals around the world, including Just For Laughs Montreal, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the New Zealand International Comedy Festival. Ismo debuted his one man show Words Apart at the Melbourne Comedy Festival this year, receiving roaring reviews. He has appeared on NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly and just became the first Finnish Comedian to perform on Conan in 2018, a clip that has been viewed 63+ million times.

Emma Willmann: Maine native and Comedy Cellar regular, Emma Willmann has been named one of the 10 Funniest Women in NYC by Time Out NY. She first made her television debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in 2016 and hasperformed standup on Fuse’s Uproarious, Seeso’s Night Train with Wyatt CenacThe Guest List and AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live. When she’s not performing at clubs and colleges all over the US, she can be seen acting in an episode of Judd Apatow’s Crashing and on the CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. In addition to television, Emma has her own comedy show The Check Spot on SiriusXM and is currently the host of the hit podcast Inside The Closet available on iTunes.

Matteo Lane: New York’s Matteo Lane has performed on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Comedy Central’s Adam Devine’s House Party, and more recently in the Comedy Central series, The Comedy Jam. Lane can be seen on MTV’s Girl Code and MTV2’s Guy Code. Currently developing an IFC digital series that he will both write and star in, Lane is a past New Face at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. He co-hosts Inside the Closet, named one of NYC’s best comedy podcasts, which you can see live at ComedyCon!

Tom Thakkar: (formerly Thomas Brady). In 2015, Tom was named a “New Face” by the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal, as well as one of the “Best of the Midwest” by Gilda’s Laugh Fest. Ole Tom Thakkar has also been a featured performer at Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Limestone Comedy Festival, Chicago Comedy Exposition, Crom Fest, and more. Tom has been featured on Doug Loves Movies, VICE, NPR, The Todd Glass Show, PBS, and was named a “Comedian you should know” by Chicago Magazine. You can see Tom all over New York, opening for Nikki Glaser all over the country, as well as joining her as co-host of her SiriusXM show You Up w/ Nikki Glaser.

Courtney Gilmour: One of Toronto’s fastest rising comedy talents, Courtney Gilmour delivered a breakout performance at the 2017 Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal by winning the Homegrown Comics Competition and filming a set for Kevin Hart’s LOL Network. Now in 2018, she’s topping it with televised performances at the Winnipeg and Halifax comedy festivals, and a triumphant return to Montreal this summer. Courtney co-produces the hit monthly show So Fresh N’ So Clean, Toronto’s only clean comedy show, and has also opened for a number of prominent headlining acts including Aparna Nancherla, Chris Gethard, Todd Glass, and James Adomian. Courtney’s victory at the 2017 Just For Laughs Homegrown was the first by a female comic in the 19 year history of the event.

Gavin Matts: Gavin Matts is a stand up from Vancouver, B.C now based out of Los Angeles, California. He was the most recent winner of the SiriusXM Top Comic Competition, the biggest stand up competition in Canada. He’s been a feature artist at festivals like JFL Northwest, Oddblock Comedy Fest, Halifax Comedy Fest, Bumbershoot, and more. 

Graham Clark: Graham Clark resides in Vancouver, BC. He is a 3-time Canadian Comedy Award winner and co-host of Maximum Fun’s Stop Podcasting Yourself. Clark is a regular on CBC’s The Debaters and has appeared at Just for Laughs, Halifax Comedy Festival, Winnipeg Comedy Festival, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He is a winner of the Yuk Yuks Great Canadian Laugh Off and has appeared on HBO’s Funny As Hell. Graham is also the creator of beardpaintings.com, where he sells paintings made using his beard as a paintbrush and donates the proceeds to charity. 

Chris Fleming: Garnering over 2 million views, Fleming is most known for his YouTube series Gayle, in which he stars as the titular high-strung suburban mom Gayle Waters. He’s currently wrapping up a cross-country standup tour, with his rising popularity on YouTube with Gayle, and music videos like I’m Afraid to Talk to Men and monologues like Teens Who Drink Coffee.  

 WORKIN’ MOMS Improv Night featuring Catherine Reitman, Dani Kind, Juno Rinaldi, Ryan Belleville, Sarah McVie, Christopher Redman, Peter Keleghan, Jess Salgueiro, Nelu Handa, Ruth Goodwin, and Monica Heisey, hosted by Rob Baker & Adam Cawley: It’s the mother of all comedy shows! A dozen of the stars and writers from CBC’s hit series WORKIN’ MOMS throw away the script for a night of improvised comedy. Because just like real-life motherhood, you kinda just make it all up as you go along.

JFL42 is proud to be collaborating with local institutions including Yuk Yuk’s, Comedy Bar, The Second City, Bad Dog Theatre Company, and Absolute Comedy as well as notable established Toronto comedy shows like ALTdot COMedy Lounge, Dope ‘n MicLaugh SabbathShadeCrimson Wave Comedy, and The Nubian Show to provide additional Toronto-centric programming that will be available to all pass holders. Programming details will become available at a later date.

Additional artists to be announced shortly.

COMEDYCON

ComedyCon has something for every comedy enthusiast who wants to know a bit more about the artist beyond their standup routine, television performance or podcast. Back for its third edition, ComedyCon is committed to providing more exclusive opportunities for Toronto’s comedy junkies through unparalleled access to today’s top talent.

Cast Panels – Viceland’s NIRVANNA THE BAND SHOW and CBC’s WORKIN’ MOMS and BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW

NIRVANNA THE BAND THE SHOW THE PANEL

Rick and Morty creator Justin Roiland calls NIRVANNA THE BAND THE SHOW “one of the best shows ever made.” If you’re one of the legions of die-hard fans who agree, don’t miss this opportunity to be in the room with the creators and stars of the CSA-nominated series as they sneak in some favourite glitches and hacks. Grab some fresh bean and join Matt & Jay in a look at Canada’s newest comedy hit – and see some new NIRVANNA with scenes from their highly-anticipated third season.

ROYALLY FUNNY: INSIDE “BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW”

You are hereby cordially invited to spend an afternoon with the funniest sketch show on TV. The team behind CBC’s popular award-winning BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW take you through their process, how the series became a TV hit and an international viral sensation, and screen the top ten most-viewed sketches of the run. (Carolyn Taylor, Meredith MacNeill, Aurora Browne, Jennifer Whalen)

WORKIN’ ON “WORKIN’ MOMS”: INSIDE THE HIT CBC COMEDY

The cast and creators of CBC’s must-watch comedy WORKIN’ MOMS take a break from the set to sit down and discuss the series in this hilarious and candid conversation. Learn how the show got on the air, what real-life experiences have informed the show’s most memorable moments, and get a preview of what’s to come when the third season debuts this January.

(Catherine Reitman, Dani Kind, Juno Rinaldi, Philip Sternberg)

Have you ever been curious about the inner-workings of today’s top comedic minds? ComedyCon’s In Conversation series delves deep with some of JFL42’s most revered comedians. Learn what inspires, infuriates, and excites Ken Jeong, Jo Koy, Wanda Sykes, Chris D’Elia, Lil Rel Howery, Nick Swardson, Margaret Cho, Maria Bamford, Anthony Atamanuik (as Donald Trump) through this unique intimate program that invites fans to sit in on candid conversations with comedy’s best.

More programming to be announced soon.

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

SiriusXM, Jack Astor’s and Beau’s are proud supporters of the 2018 JFL42 festival.

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

TICKET DETAILS:

Passes to JFL42 go on sale Friday, June 1 at 10:00 AM. Tickets go on sale June 8 at 10:00 AM. Buy online at jfl42.com. Festival passes range from $55 to $299 (excluding service charges). Single tickets range from $32.50 to $65.50 (excluding service charges).

ABOUT JFL42

Established in 2012 and now in its seventh 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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