Tribute to Carol Burnett tops JFL42 lineup for Toronto’s 2019 comedy festival

The schedule and lineup for Toronto’s JFL42 2019 is out! Passes go on sale Friday, with individual tickets available next Friday.

Carol Burnett tops the list for Just For Laugh’s month of 42 headliners this Sept. 19-29 in Toronto. Here’s how the night with Burnett is billed.


During “An Evening of Laughter and Reflection,” Burnett will take questions from the audience and show video clips from her shows in a format that harkens back to the legendary openings of ‘The Carol Burnett Show’ where her studio audience had an unfiltered opportunity to engage Carol with questions and receive spontaneous answers. “I love the spontaneity of these evenings,” said Carol. “I never know what anyone is going to ask, or say, or do, so it keeps me on my toes!

Tickets on sale Friday, June 7 at 10AM

This Special Event has TICKETS ONLY (NO PASSES) 

The Burnett tribute is happening on Sept. 26 (happy birthday to me).

Opening night headliners include Marc Maron, Jonathan Van Ness, Roy Wood Jr., and Jen Kirkman. Other headliners:

Headlining at Sony Centre (soon to be Meridian Hall)

John Mulaney and Pete Davidson (Sunday, September 22 at 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM): Emmy-winning comedian, actor, writer and producer, John Mulaney is joining forces with real life BFF, fellow-comedian and actor, Pete Davidson for 2 unbeatable shows of stand-up comedy. Mulaney, who is best known for his Emmy-winning stand up and his work as a writer on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, is also part of the comedy duo show, Oh, Hello which had a successful run on Broadway, as well as the lead voice in the Netflix smash hit, Big Mouth. Pete Davidson, star of NBC’s Saturday Night Live has performed on a handful of celebrity Comedy Central Roasts, and recently starred in Netflix’s The Dirt, as well as American High’s feature film, Big Time Adolescence with a performance that received critical acclaim at Sundance. After performing a handful of shows together in the US to rave reviews, this will be the pair’s first joint Canadian performance!

Jonathan Van Ness (Thursday, September 19 at 9:45 PM): Emmy-nominated television personality, comedian, podcaster, and expert hairstylist, Jonathan Van Ness is the star of Netflix’s Queer Eye. Host of the podcast, Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness, this megastar is also known for his hit web series parody, Gay of Thrones. Jonathan is currently on his first worldwide comedy tour, Jonathan Van Ness: Road to Beijing where he is going for comedy gold!

Gabriel Iglesias (Saturday, September 28 at 7:00 PM): One of America’s most successful stand-up comedians, Gabriel Iglesias’ globally appealing comedy stays mostly clean and his non-controversial material appeals to audiences of all ages and walks of life. Iglesias had the distinct honor of being one of the few to headline and sell-out Madison Square Garden, Staples Center and The Sydney Opera House. Iglesias starred and created Fluffy’s Food Adventures on Fuse TV, and guest starred on ABC’s Modern Family. He is currently in production as star and Executive Producer of the upcoming multi-cam comedy series for Netflix, Mr. Iglesias set to premiere this month, along with two more Netflix specials in the pipeline.

How Did This Get Made – Live (Saturday, September 28 at 9:45 PM): Have you ever seen a movie so bad that it’s good? Paul Scheer (Black Monday, The League, Veep), Jason Mantzoukas (The Good Place, The League) and June Diane Raphael (Long Shot, Grace & Frankie) are experts in the best of the worst of cinema. On each episode of their award-winning podcast, How Did This Get Made? they gather with their funniest friends and subject themselves to a cinematic nightmare and report back to you with the results. Come join a live recording of How Did This Get Made? 

Marc Maron (Thursday, September 19 at 7:00 PM): Comedian, podcast host, actor and author, Marc Maron, has been writing and performing raw, honest and thought-provoking comedy for over 20 years. In September 2009, Maron changed the podcast landscape when he started WTF with Marc Maron, featuring revelatory conversations with iconic personalities such as Conan O’Brien, Robin Williams, Ben Stiller, President Barack Obama and more. Currently starring on Netflix’s GLOW, Maron has several comedy albums and specials as well as a self-titled IFC comedy series under his belt.

Nick Kroll (Friday, September 20 at 9:45 PM): Actor, writer and producer, Nick Kroll, recently co-created and voiced numerous roles on the Netflix animated series Big Mouth, which has been heralded by the Hollywood Reporter as “sweet, progressive and breathtakingly filthy,”. In January 2017, Kroll wrapped his Broadway debut with the critically acclaimed Oh, Hello on Broadway. Nick had his own Comedy Central sketch show Kroll Show and starred as Ruxin in the hit FX show The League. Next up, Nick can be heard in Universal Pictures’ upcoming animated film, Secret Life of Pets 2, and MGM’s upcoming The Addams Family.

Eric Andre (Thursday, September 26 at 9:45 PM): Actor, comedian and television host, Eric Andre, is the creator and host of the Adult Swim’s hit series The Eric Andre Show. He is also a writer and executive producer of the network’s new late-night comedy Mostly 4 Millennials. He is also widely recognized for his role on FXX’s Man Seeking Woman. Andre co-starred on ABC’s Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, as well as guest starred on Fox’s 2 Broke Girls. He can be seen on the silver screen this summer, voicing the hyena “Azizi”, in Disney’s reimagining of The Lion King and this fall in the prank comedy Bad Trip, alongside Lil Rel Howery.

Many others as you can see in the poster!

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