Bill Burr’s standup routine for JFL42 took place in a full house at Toronto’s Sony Centre. Burr put on a show that started off strong with some accurate jabs at Canada and Toronto with several spot-on observations about our appearance of unity and kindness, but deep-seated racism and aggression (in a funny way, of course).

Burr later switched gears and artfully used the current political climate in the US while also taking some jabs at North Korea’s “crazy guy—not long for this world.”

Known for his no-holds-barred brand of comedy, Burr’s Jewish jokes (including speaking about gas chambers) were personally squirm-inducing, yet to which the majority of the audience laughed uproariously. Burr’s tales of his childhood also came across as more sad than comedic.

It was a very young, drunk and high crowd, and they loved it. Burr told some good jokes overall, but by the end of the show I’d had enough and did not leave wishing for more.

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Janelle Watkins
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Janelle Watkins is a citizen of the world who has lived both a charmed and stormy life. She has worked as a personal shopper, journalist, has done extensive work in marketing communications, and public relations. These experiences have seen her working alongside prominent leaders from the fashion, culinary, art and media worlds. This bon vivant would like to add some flair to her readers’ lives and loves to get their feedback. On everyday life she sums up, “Live life in your own style, be true to yourself – be distinct.” Favourite place in Toronto: Strolling around the Yonge/Eglinton and Mt. Pleasant Village neighbourhoods with a David’s Tea and two special little someones.

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