Bill Burr, John Mulaney, Ali Wong

JFL42 to feature Bill Burr, John Mulaney, Ali Wong, Tim and Eric

by W. Andrew Powell

Get ready to laugh, Toronto. The sixth edition of JFL42–Toronto’s comedy festival–returns this fall from September 21 to 30, and this year’s headliners include Bill Burr, John Mulaney, Ali Wong, Tim and Eric, My Favorite Murder, and Tom Segura.

Headliners will once again take the stage at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, with the 42 performing at venues around Toronto.

Featured acts from the 42 comedy acts include Janeane Garofalo, Brian Posehn, Rhys Darby, Rachel Feinstein, Jay Pharoah, and lots more. JFL42’s day-time series, ComedyCon, also returns again and will feature In Conversations with Headliners, Q&A’s, Live Podcasts, cast panels, and a special edition of The Beaverton Live.

Check out the full list of JFL42 performers below. Tickets and passes are on sale now, with passes ranging between $55 and $299, and $32.50 to $65.50 for tickets, plus service charges. Pick up your tickets at the official site.

JFL42 Headliners:


Bill Burr – September 22 at 7:00 PM & 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.

JFL42: Janeane Garofalo

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 MarriedBrooklyn Nine-NineGirlsBored To DeathHello 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 SummerReality BitesThe Ben Stiller ShowThe 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 FilesModern FamilyYes ManWhat we do in the Shadowsand 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 TheorySeinfeld, 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 FallonConanComedy 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 TimeBob’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 FergusonShe 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 [email protected]#ked: The Anti Slut-Shaming PodcastCo-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 [email protected]#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 Bangand 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 SchumerConanJohn 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 YankersLate 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 @MidnightAdam 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.

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