Toronto’s Just For Laughs Festival – 10 Must-See Acts

Bring on the bellyaches! Just For Laughs presents its first #JFL42, an interactive comedy festival in Toronto that promises 42 cool comedy-related things to do over a 10-day period, starting September 18. This year’s headliners include such killing-it acts as Lena Dunham, Seth Meyers, Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes. There’s a lot on offer, so to help you choose, we present the top 10 Just For Laughs acts on our must-see list.

Seth Meyers

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1. Cameron Esposito, September 18th @ Bad Dog Comedy Theatre

Called “the future of comedy” by none other than Jay Leno, Cameron Esposito is a fast rising Los Angeles-based standup comic, actor and writer who promises to be one to watch.

2. Amy Schumer, September 19th @ Sony Centre

An American stand-up comedian, writer, producer and actress, Amy Schumer was nominated for numerous awards for her new show Inside Amy Schumer.  

3. New Faces of Comedy: Toronto, September 19th @ Comedy Bar Main Space

Sit back and enjoy an outstanding lineup of up-and-coming comedians at this local venue.

4. Lena Dunham & Nick Offerman, September 20th @ Sony Centre

Award-winning screenwriter, actress, producer and director Lena Dunham will be headlining at the Sony Centre. Known for his breakout role as Ron Swanson in the acclaimed NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, Nick Offerman will also make a headlining appearance later on that evening. 

5. Debra DiGiovanni, September 23rd @ Absolute Comedy

A judge on the popular MuchMusic show Video on Trial and its spinoff Stars on Trial, Debra can be heard on CBC radio on The Debaters.

6. Tig Notaro, September 24th @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Queen of Raunch Sarah Silverman flagged this American stand-up comic and writer as one to watch.

7. Sirius XM’s Top Comic, Headliner Jon Dore, September 25th @ Randolph Theatre

Canadian-born comedian Jon Dore, from Ottawa, is known for various comedic roles, including his recent appearance on Inside Amy Schumer.

8. Wanda Sykes, September 26th @ Sony Centre

American writer, comedian, actress and voice artist Wanda Sykes has been gaining major laughs on TV and film for over 15 years.

9. Doug Benson, September 27th @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Presented by SiriusXM

American funny man Doug Benson was also a contestant on the fifth season of Last Comic Standing. 

10. Seth Meyers, September 27th @ Sony Centre

A man of many hats, and he wears them well. Meyers has dabbled in just about every aspect of the industry, including currently hosting his own talk show, Late Night With Seth Meyers.

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