JFL42, presented in association with Air Canada, today announced additional programming including a unique Q&A session with Green Party of Canada leader Elizabeth May and Canadian rock star and Our Lady Peace front man, Raine Maida. The inaugural Festival, which is a joint partnership between Just For Laughs and Live Nation, whose mandate is to share 42 of the most awesome, hilarious, innovative, riveting and relevant experiences in the world with Toronto audiences will take place from September 21-28 at various venues across the city.
Additional comedy acts added to the Festival line-up include
- Randall’s Honey Badger
- Andy Kindler
- Todd Glass
- W. Kamau Bell
- Big Jay Oakerson
- K. Trevor Wilson
- Dave Merheje
- Toronto institution ALTdot Comedy Lounge
Additionally, the winner of Toronto.com’s Funniest Torontonian Contest will be performing, which the public will select by voting online for their favourite video submission. Voting for the contest began on Sunday, August 19.
JFL42 announced more than just comedy with the addition of art, music, film, theatre and food, including:
- Rocker, journalist and author Dave Bidini teams up with sketch troupe The Imponderables for “The Night of the Dogs.”
- A live mural painting by the Montreal graffiti artist who designed the JFL42 logo, Earth Crusher, who will be stopping by a surprise location outside one of the JFL42 venues to create an artistic masterpiece.
- Screenings of comedy docs on Friday, September 28 of Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic (9:30pm – introduction by Mark Little) and The Aristocrats (11:30pm – introduction by Big Jay Oakerson) in partnership with Bloor Hot Docs Cinema.
- The Comedy Network presents a live version of the beloved classic game show Match Game, in which competitors try to match answers to fill-in-the-blank questions with those of celebrities. The Comedy Network is currently producing an English-language revival of Match Game, with episodes premiering this fall. JFL42 will bring its own unique spin to the live version, which will feature comics from the Festival line-up.
- A unique encore performance of Toronto Fringe standout Pomme is French for Apple, a hilarious, vaudevillian and distinctly West Indian exploration of the absurdity in women’s lives, created and performed by Liza Paul and Bahia Watson.
- A free mini donut at Paulette’s Donuts and Chicken for all pass-holders. The restaurant will also feature a special JFL42 donut which will be available throughout the Festival dates.
Previously announced performers include
- Festival headliner Louis CK
- Patton Oswalt
- David Suzuki
- Chris Hardwick & Nerdist Industries
- Reggie Watts
- Amy Schumer
- Pete Holmes
- Neal Brennan
- Todd Barry
- Ari Shaffir
- Moshe Kasher
- Kelly Carlin
- Mark Little
- DeAnne Smith
- Kate Beaton
- The Second City
- Yuk Yuk’s
- Comedy Bar
- Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art
- Toronto Poetry Slam
Festival-goers will have the chance to see all of the 42 for $99 including all taxes and fees. The pass provides:
- A guaranteed seat to Louis CK at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.
- The ability to reserve currently available and newly added shows.
- The power to plan an individualized JFL42 experience.
For more information on all performers, pass info, shows available for reservation as well as newly announced performers and dates, please visit
JFL42 Pass – Featuring Louis CK are on sale now for Passes: $99 & $149 – taxes, facility and service charges included.
Louis CK Concert @ Sony Centre – Toronto
September 27 & 28 – 7:30pm & 10:30pm
Charge-by-phone at 1-855-985-5000 or buy online at Ticketmaster