Every time we find ourselves announcing the lineup for an annual festival, we feel obliged to use overly-excited language in an attempt to convince ourselves, and you, that it truly is “the biggest and best lineup ever”. Truth is, we probably don’t remember the lineup from past year, therefore no matter how good or bad the new lineup actually is, we can’t actually compare it to its predecessors, so we lie instead.   

That being said, we totally feel comfortable in declaring this year’s JFL42 lineup the biggest and best yet because the festival has only been around for four years and we remember a bit, if not SOME of its short history. This year’s festival runs from September 24 to October 3 in Toronto and if you think we’re falsely pumping it up then check out the crop of incredible comics announced this morning:


BILL BURR                                                                                            HANNIBAL BURESS
CRAIG FERGUSON                                                                               JOHN MULANEY
TREVOR NOAH (2 days before his Daily Show hosting debut!)            CHRIS HARDWICK 
PATTON OSWALT                                                                                MIRANDA SINGS

See? VERY STRONG. It'll be hard to pick just one but catching Trevor Noah right before he starts a new life as host of The Daily Show is very tempting.  

If that weren’t enough, this year’s 42 reads like a list of headliners. We're especially excited for Flight of the Conchord's Rhys Darby and the infamous Gilbert Gottfried.

Plus, SEVERAL of the 42 will be recording versions of their podcasts live and directly into your faces! 

THE 42

T.J. Miller                                      Andy Kindler                               Aparna Nancherla
Natasha Leggero                          Dr. Katz Live                               Michelle Wolf
John Hodgman                             Joe Mande                                  Fortune Feimster
Jake and Amir                               Robert Kelly                                Doug Benson
Pete Holmes                                 Brian Posehn                               Chris Gethard
Gilbert Gottfried                            Rory Scovel                                 Kurt Braunohler 
Al Madrigal                                    Duncan Trussell                          Brent Morin 
Ari Shaffir                                      
Kyle Kinane                                 Rachel Feinstein
Rhys Darby                                   Moshe Kasher                             Tony Hinchcliffe
Christina Pazsitzky


As always, there’s an amazing crop of locals and non-Torontonians filling out the fest. Here’s who and what will be making you proud to be a Canuck come September:

SiriusXM’s Top Comic Finale                               
Mike Ward
Faisal Butt                                                            Dawn Whitwell
Get Some                                                             Ladystache
Darcy Michael                                                       Arthur Simeon                
Pat Thornton                                                        
Crimson Wave
JFL42 New Faces showcase

Passes go on sale Friday, June 5 at 10:00am, while tickets for individual shows start sellin' June 12 at 10:00am. Buy yours at jfl42.com.

If you’ve never been to JFL42 before, it’s a little different than those traditional comedy fests your grandpa goes to. Here’s how it works:

See you in September!