Published on May 23rd, 2012 | by Sharilyn Johnson0
Just For Laughs Toronto returns Sept. 21-28
It’s been the worst-kept secret in Toronto comedy circles for months, but the details of the resurrected Just For Laughs Toronto edition have finally been made public.
After skipping 2011 altogether, “JFL42” will return September 21-28, a shift from its previous mid-July home.
Louis C.K. will headline 4 nights at the Sony Centre, as part of a total of 42 “things” the Festival will feature. (Hence the odd name.)
The city has been a tough nut for JFL to crack marketing-wise. Perhaps suffering from brand confusion among Toronto consumers – who seemed more aware of the annual Just For Laughs Tour, and the famous Montreal edition – the attendance was unpredictable, and seemed to attract fans of specific artists rather than people looking to experience the Festival as a whole.
While the “JFL42” moniker doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, it may be exactly the messaging they need to drum up repeat business throughout the week.
Ticketing-wise, the push for consumers to attend multiple shows is a little more obvious. The only way to score tickets to those Louis C.K. shows come Friday is to purchase a $99/$149 all-access pass, available now through http://jfl42.com.
There aren’t any indications of what other types of “things” are to come, but it’s likely safe to assume a combination of standup, sketch, and outdoor events. At a $99 price point, does that mean no more galas? It will be interesting to see what the Festival has in store for Toronto in the coming months. (For a look back at the 2010 edition, check out Third Beat’s comprehensive coverage.)
September will be a busy month for comedy in Toronto: JFL42 overlaps with the annual Dark Comedy Festival, which has already announced Maria Bamford as a headliner.