The Fifth Edition of Toronto’s Comedy Festival JFL42 Returns

The fifth annual JFL42 Festival, presented by Air Canada in association with SiriusXM.

JFL42 is returning to Toronto this fall from September 22 to October 1, featuring eight headliners performing at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts: Jim Gaffigan, Jim Jefferies, Trevor Noah, Roseanne Barr, Anthony Jeselnik, Tig Notaro, Demetri Martin, and Chris D’Elia.

This year’s festival boasts the most headliner performances in JFL42’s history including comedy breakout stars, podcasts and for the first time ever, daytime programming including ComedyCon, a daytime programming series which will take place over five days of the 10-day festival (September 23-25 and September 30-October 1). The all new ComedyCon will include cast panels, In Conversations with headliners Jim Jefferies, Trevor Noah, Anthony Jeselnik, Tig Notaro, Chris D’Elia and Margaret Cho, Craig Robinson, and Natasha Leggero. It will also feature podcasts, including The Todd Barry Podcast and The Dork Forest podcast with special guest, Maria Bamford. ComedyCon will give true comedy fans the chance to get up-close and personal with their favourite comedians at The Second City.

JFL42 is a ground breaking comedy experience created by Just For Laughs, with eight different headliners, plus 42 great comedy acts, and a flexible pass and ticketing system that allows fans to see the best that stand-up comedy has to offer.

Headlining at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts:

Jim Gaffigan (September 29 at 7:00 PM and 9:45 PM): Gaffigan is an award-nominated comedian, New York Times best-selling author, top touring performer, and father of five! He recently wrapped the first season of his semi-fictitious television show, The Jim Gaffigan Show, which was picked up for a second season and premiered this summer. The series, lauded by The Los Angeles Times as “Fun and Funny,” revolves around one man’s struggle to balance fatherhood, stand-up comedy and an insatiable appetite.

Jim Jefferies (September 24 at 7:00 PM and 9:45 PM): Jefferies, who was nominated for the 2015 Comedy Tour of the Year by Pollstar, continues to sell out venues as he tours around the globe. His most recent comedy special, BARE, which premiered on Netflix this past winter, features Jefferies’ side-splitting stories of sex and drugs, as well as taking on the Second Amendment, having a relationship, and being a father.

Trevor Noah (September 23 at 9:45 PM): Noah has had a busy year becoming host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning program, The Daily Show, on Comedy Central. Noah recently debuted his one-hour stand-up special, Trevor Noah: Lost in Translation, also for Comedy Central. Filmed at The Lincoln Theatre in Washington, D.C., Trevor Noah: Lost in Translation brings Noah’s unique world-view and global analysis of American culture to the forefront.

Roseanne Barr (September 23 at 7:00 PM): Comedy superstar, award-winning actress, best-selling author, recent presidential candidate and original domestic goddess Roseanne Barr continues to amaze. Her creation and stark portrayal of Roseanne Conner and the Conner family on ABC’s Roseanne has been hailed as “the most ground breaking kitchen-sink sitcom since All in the Family, (Entertainment Weekly)” adding, “she’s the funniest disturber of peace that we have.”

Demetri Martin (September 30 at 7:00 PM): New York Times Bestselling author, writer for Late Night with Conan O’Brien and regular performer from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart is taking the stage in Toronto this fall. He created and starred in his own television series for Comedy Central called Important Things with Demetri Martin and his most recent stand-up comedy album for Netflix, Demetri Martin Live (at the time) showcases his trademark calm and wittily reflective delivery.

Anthony Jeselnik (September 30 at 9:45 PM): Jeselnik is a critically acclaimed comedian and writer, and regular on late-night television. 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. He starred in and created The Jeselnik Offensive, which ran two seasons on Comedy Central and his hour-long comedy special, Thoughts and Prayers, released by Netflix this past October received much praise.

Tig Notaro (September 25 at 7:00 PM): Tig Notaro is currently writing, producing and starring in the semi-autobiographical comedy series, One Mississippi for Amazon Studios. She can also be seen in her recurring role as “Barb,” on the Jill Soloway series Transparent.  Her eagerly anticipated memoir, I’m Just A Person will come out in June followed by a book tour.

Chris D’Elia (October 1 at 7:00 PM): D’Elia most recently starred in NBC’s Undateable. His latest standup special, Incorrigible, debuted on Netflix in April 2015. Additionally, D’Elia appeared on the dais of Comedy Central’s Roast of Justin Bieber and starred opposite Whitney Cummings on NBC’s multi-camera comedy series Whitney.

And then some favourites return:

Craig Robinson: Robinson began capturing audience attention both as a regular on NBC’s The Office¸ and as a memorable stand-up comedian in the festival and late night circuits. He’s starred in Pineapple Express, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, and Hot Tub Time Machine.

Margaret Cho: Cho is a three-time Grammy and Emmy nominee. She was recently named a special co-host of E!’s Fashion Police, which will cover some of the biggest award shows of 2016. Her most recent comedy album, American Myth, has just been released.

Neal Brennan: Co-creator and co-writer of Chappelle’s Show, Brennan has made many TV appearances of shows such as Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Conan O’Brien. He’s bringing his Off-Broadway show, 3 Mics, directed by Drew Barr, to Toronto.

Hasan Minhaj: Minhaj frequently appears as a correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and will be bringing his one-man show Homecoming King, which recently returned Off-Broadway after a sold out run in 2015 with rave reviews, to JFL42.

Plus more…

JFL42 Festival passes range from $54.50 to $299 with single tickets ranging from $32.50 to $65.50. Tickets can be purchased online at

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

About The Author

René Samulewitsch
CEO: Chief Entertainment Officer

René Samulewitsch @VIPRene is a globetrotter with a hunger for adventure, but at heart, he will always be an urban tourist with big love for Toronto. When not busy with his day job as a PR strategist, he spends his time exploring the city’s culture and entertainment venues. Rene has a passion for sharing experiences, and truly believes in the power of word of mouth. Favourite place in Toronto: Kensington Market in the Summer as there’s always something new to discover. Queen Street for the urban vibe and King Street to let loose and party.

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