Festivals

Published on June 21st, 2010 | by Sharilyn Johnson

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JFL: Go West

Quick reminder to those of you who don’t frequently visit www.third-beat.ca (the Toronto-centric version of what you see here), I’ve been posting Just For Laughs Toronto lineups at a pretty steady pace.

This year is shaping up to be fantastic, with appearances by Mike Birbiglia, Andy Kindler, Patton Oswalt, Todd Barry, Chris Hardwick, Noel Fielding, Louis CK, Garry Shandling, and a whole load more. If you live within driving distance of Toronto, I highly recommend coming for a visit. Assuming the city doesn’t get burned to the ground during the G20.

The Toronto festival happens July 6-11. I’ll be attending as many shows as I can, and will report back here and on the .ca edition.

This is basically in lieu of my annual attendance at the Montreal edition, because I’ll be back home for the highly-anticipated wedding of Winnipeg comic Jason Beck. Yep, a comedian having his wedding during Just For Laughs — but in fairness, the date was chosen before Montreal decided to go a week earlier. Sucks to be us. (Incidentally, does anyone know where I can get “I’d rather be watching the Steve Martin gala” embroidered on my dress?)

I’m not sure how many of you reading this – primarily Americans – are aware of the Toronto edition of the festival. But I have to say, I’m shocked at how little Torontonians themselves seem to know about it. Beyond the circle of hardcore comedy people, I’ve encountered remarkable amount of confusion between the 30-year institution in Montreal, versus its much younger Toronto sibling.

I’ve had people mention gala hosts to me who are NOT going to be here (they’re doing Montreal). Even had someone say “oh, I didn’t know they moved the festival here!”. Still facepalming over that one.

It’s the 4th year for the ever-growing Toronto edition. People should have the hang of this by now, n’est pas?


About the Author

is the author of the book Bears & Balls: The Colbert Report A-Z. Called "one of the city’s most discriminating comedy critics” by NOW Magazine, Sharilyn has been covering comedy for longer than she cares to admit. She served as the comedy reporter for Winnipeg's Uptown Magazine for five years, and was the host of the radio show Laugh Tracks for three seasons. Her work has also appeared in the Toronto Star, the Winnipeg Free Press, The Apiary, and on CBC Radio's national comedy programs LOL and Definitely Not the Opera.



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