Ah, hecklers. Are they a plague on comedy shows, or do they give comedians a chance to stretch their improv muscles, resulting in what is arguably the best part of the night? Or at least the most memo...
Lena Dunham's headlining act at JFL42 at first seemed like the odd event out -- it's not a stand-up act, and frankly a lot of the topics Lena deals with aren't all that funny. But that didn't stop peo...
Lena Dunham recently revealed she wants to retire in Canada, and after her appearances at Toronto's Just for Laughs Festival, she could be closer than ever — at least when it comes to her sartorial se...
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If you're not already obsessed with Amy Schumer, now is the chance to get caught up before she gets any more famous -- and believe me, she's going to be huge. In fact, she's already a major star, and...
It's my favourite time of year: JFL42, Toronto’s comedy festival. Sure, I could travel to Montreal for the original Just For Laughs festival, but frankly I’m broke and I already live in Toronto. It's...
Wanda Sykes is going to say what you’re thinking, and it’s going to make you laugh -- you can be sure of that. The 50-year-old comedian has been telling it like it is on the comedy stage for years, a...
What the hell were we thinking? A comedy festival, with a weird pass and even a weirder name immediately following what can only be described as the centre of the entertainment universe! But then it happened. Toronto comedy fans have secured this event as not only Toronto's biggest comedy festival, but as one of top five comedy festivals in all of North America!
Joan Rivers paved the way for female comedians like no one before her. She was the first female comic to perform at Carnegie Hall. Many famous funny ladies cite Rivers as their inspiration, and with good reason. Looking at the festival line-up for late-September's JFL42, TO's answer to Montreal's Just For Laughs comedy festival, you can see the influence Joan Rivers had on the comedy world.
The good folks at JFL42 must have known Toronto was getting antsy for comedy, because they offered up a taste of the festival -- an amuse-bouche, if you will -- just this past week. I was ever-so-lucky to see one of the best in the biz, festival alumni Todd Barry.
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JFL42 is pulling out all the stops this year. Practically every single performer at the 2014 JFL42 Comedy Festival is a one-time headliner, and several of them even star in their own TV show. The th...
I don't wanna sound all tree-huggy, but this week's lesson is a simple one of business that has more to do with green thumbs than it does with red ink or blue-chip stocks. In a nutshell: Good Deeds Plan Seeds. And now here's the story behind it.
I love seeing non-Canadian comedians in Canada, because they always let the nation-specific jokes fly. Sure, we're easy to laugh at -- if you don't actually know anything about us. Some people, however, like Janeane Garofalo are up on their Canadian trivia.
I love #JFL42. I think it's a great festival. It's innovative, it's fun, and it's bringing a more robust comedy scene to Toronto. Next year all they need to do is drop the pretense that using phones at a smartphone-based festival is rude. And all I need to do...is get a new phone.
If you're a fan of laughing, and laughing hard, then you're in luck if you're in Toronto from September 19 - 28, 2013. The second annual JFL42 is invading Toronto again this fall with an all-star lin...