JFL 2018 is officially underway, and earlier this month we celebrated the then-imminent festivities by introducing you to all the amazing Canadian comics participating in Homegrown Comics (hosted by Letterkenny’s own K. Trevor Wilson and officially premiering on September 3).

But there are dozens of funny Canucks performing at JFL 2018 who we haven’t highlighted yet, and for that we are truly sorry. How Canadian of us. To make for this egregious oversight, we’re presenting you with this all-encompassing guide of every single Canadian that we'll be shooting with at JFL this year. Every. Single. One. Dig in to some poutine and put on a Canadian PSA playlist, because it’s about to get aggressively, hilariously polite up in here.


DeAnne Smith

You might already recognise DeAnne Smith from her two appearances on Last Comic Standing and/or her viral Winnipeg Comedy Festival set. If you don’t recognise her, get to know her—she’s performed at Just for Laughs, JFL42, the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the New Zealand International Comedy Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the Iceland Comedy Festival.

Sabrina Jalees

She was on Video on Trial! She was on Transparent! She was the host of hit Canadian children’s program In Real Life! Sabrina Jalees has been in the comedy game for a while, but there’s no way she’s slowing down. Right now she’s based in L.A. and is a staff writer for the TBS comedy-mystery Search Party. And she can give one hell of a TED Talk!

Aisha Alfa

You probably know Aisha Alfa fromThe Beaverton, but otherwise you may have seen her on Degrassi: Next Class, Odd Squad, or on stage performing at JFL and the Winnipeg Comedy Festival



Sterling Scott

Scarborough native Sterling Scott can find the funny in anything, from fatherhood to current events. He won the Edmonton international comedy festival "Young Guns" competition 2013 and got second place in SiriusXM’s Top Comic, Canada’s largest comedy competition. Plus, the Kevin Hart asked Scott to develop a show for his LOL Network just last year. 

DJ Demers

D.J. Demers participated in Season 11 of America's Got Talent, which means JFL 2018’s got a comic who’s interacted with Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum and the judge with a grudge, Simon Cowell. He also won the JFL Homegrown Comics Competition in 2014 and the 'Best Breakout Artist' award at the 2015 Canadian Comedy Awards.

Brent Butt

Are you really Canadian if you don’t know who Brent Butt is? The mastermind behind Corner Gas and Corner Gas Animated, Butt has turned his ability to notice and comment on the eccentricities of small-town, everyday life into a multi-decade career. He’s hosted the JUNOs, been nominated for an International Emmy Award, and received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal?? What a résumé.


Katherine Ryan

Described by Exclaim magazine as having "the confident delivery of an American, the dry reserve of a Brit, and the likability of all things Canadian," Katherine Ryan has been making waves in Canada and the UK for years. Having been a guest on every British panel show you can think of (including Comedy Central UK's version of Roast Battle), Ryan is finally heading her very own JFL Montreal show this year. And she apparently performed her very own stand-up set with a newborn strapped to her chest? What a star. 

Scott Thompson

Scott Thompson is a straight-up Canadian comedy legend. A member of the seminal sketch comedy group The Kids in the Hall, Thompson helped write and star in cult film classic Brain Candy, starred in fan-favourite comedy television show The Larry Sanders Show, and continues to regularly perform stand-up around the country to this day.

Graham Clark

Graham Clark is the loveable bearded Vancouverite you wish was your best friend. The co-host of long running (and award-winning) comedy podcast Stop Podcasting Yourself, Clark has performed at Just for Laughs, the Halifax Comedy Festival, the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He also created beardpaintings.com, where he sells paintings made using his beard as a paintbrush and donates the proceeds to charity. If anyone knows Graham, please ask him to send us one.

Rebecca Kohler

Dubbed Toronto’s Best Female Comic by NOW Magazine in 2013, Rebecca Kohler has performed at several Canadian comedy festivals and has written for Workin’ Moms, Schitt’s Creek, Kim’s Convenience, The Ron James Show, Spun Out, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Scaredy Squirrel, and The Debaters. Rebecca Kohler didn’t get to meet the Levys–the Levys got to meet her.

Mark Forward

Mark Forward has appeared on John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show, has made multiple appearances on The Late Late Show, and wrote for and starred in The Jon Dore Television Show on IFC. He was also a series regular on Season 3 of Fargo and plays the very irritable Coach on CraveTV’s Letterkenny.

Ivan Decker

This year, Ivan Decker became the first comic to win a JUNO Award for Comedy Album of the Year (for the hilarious I Wanted to Be a Dinosaur) since 1984. Kind of a big deal. He’s also performed on popular Canadian radio show The Debaters and recently made his American international TV debut on Conan.

Graham Chittenden

Graham Chittenden has toured with Howie Mandel (of Deal or No Deal fame, natch), Gad Elmaleh, John Pinette, Brent Butt, and Bob Saget. He’s also hosted talk shows on MTV and Comedy and has written for Mr. D and Still Standing. You may also recognize his voice from The Debaters. His one-hour comedy special Reluctant Adult, which you can check out right now, premiered on CraveTV this past spring.

Courtney Gilmour

Courtney Gilmour won last year’s JFL Homegrown Comics Competition (the first female comic in 19 years to EVER walk away with the victory), and since then she’s been riding that wave of momentum like nobody’s business. She co-produces So Fresh N' So Clean, Toronto's only clean comedy show, and has opened for Aparna Nancherla, Chris Gethard, Todd Glass, and James Adomian.

Sara Hennessey

Sara Hennessey is the co-star and co-creator of hit ‘70s-era webseries Terrific Women, has won the Canadian Comedy Award winner for Best Female Stand Up, wrote for Spun Out and The Stanley Dynamic and starred in those exercise-positive ParticipACTION commercials. Yeah, you know the ones.

Aisha Brown

In 2017, Aisha Brown opened for Michael Che at the Danforth Music Hall and Roy Wood Jr at JFL42. She's also written for Baroness Von Sketch Show and The Beaverton. Plus, she’s released two albums with Toronto hip hop comedy collective Runnin' At The Mouth. That’s right, she’s multi-talented, y’all.

Mark Little

Mark Little helped found the sketch comedy group Picnicface, is one of the stars of Mr. D, won the Canadian Comedy Award for Best Film in 2012 and has a whopping 18 Canadian Comedy Awards to his name. Plus, he just seems like a cool guy.

Dave Merheje

Dave Merheje has been on Much’s Video on Trial, Comedy’s Match Game and Mr. D. He won JFL’s Homegrown Comic Competition in 2011 and has made multiple appearances at JFL Montreal, the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, JFL42, the Halifax Comedy Festival and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. In other words, he’s on the brink of taking the comedy world by storm.

Steph Tolev

Steph Tolev is a Torontonian who’s currently living in L.A., and she’s absolutely killing it. Recently, Comedy Central listed her as one of its "Up Next" comedians and she’s performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Bridgetown, Laughing Skull and JFL42.