More big news today from one of our favorite annual comedy festivals: Just for Laughs JFL42 announced today that the Toronto festival will host two big comedy movie screenings– Between Two Ferns the Movie, and the world premiere of Billy Connolly: The Sex Life of Bandages.
Connolly is an absolute legend and his live stand up shows are thrilling, unpredictable, and a religious experience for those who love live comedy. The Sex Life of Bandages brings to theaters Connolly’s final tour, recorded in 2015, during the Australian leg of his tour. Connolly was diagnosed with Parkinsons just two years prior but continued touring until announcing his retirement from live performance in 2018. His diagnosis and retirement makes this record of his last tour all the more precious. The film is described as capturing a “whip smart routine [that] is a riotous journey filled with outrageous tales and blistering observations of everyday absurdities.” We’d expect nothing less, and you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to see this before everyone else.
Comedy fans will also enjoy hearing that they will also have the opportunity to see Netflix’s upcoming Between Two Ferns: The Movie on the big screen in Toronto, and Scott Aukerman will be on hand along with Lauren Lapkus for a Q&A.
There’s more screens big and small. In honor of the 15th anniversary of the release of Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, the festival is putting on a live read of the script, and there are TV panels planned for Canadian series “Kim’s Convenience”, “Beaverton”, and “Tallboyz.”
Podcasts are absolutely obligatory at comedy festivals these days, and leading the pack is a live recording of The 500 With Josh Adam Meyers. Also planned, opportunities to check out Chosen Family, Turn Me On, and My Gorgeous Son.
The festival is continuing its popular “IN CONVERSATION” series with plenty of live interviews. Already announced guests include Nick Kroll, Michael Rapaport, Steve-O, and Cristela Alonzo, and now the festival has added conversations with Jim Norton, Ronny Chieng, and Nate Bargatze to the line up. A slew of panels announced include panels about mental health, the obstacles women face in comedy, Drag Queens, a conversation about podcasting, how to “make it” in stand up comedy, handling career challenges in fraught political times, and a panel with Canadian comedy writers.
Also added, a few specialty shows including Margaret Trudeau’s his show Certain Women of an Age, John Mulaney co-headlining with an unnamed special guest, Comedy Bang Bang Live with Scott Aukerman, Threedom Live with Scott Aukerman, Lauren Lapkus and Paul F. Tompkins and tons more.
And that’s just the NEW stuff that doesn’t even include the 42- already long since announced.
JFL42 may just be the most underrated festival on the continent, so if you love comedy, you should pack your bag and head north. Or south. Or East or West depending on where you are reading this. It all rolls into Toronto on September 19th for 10 comedy packed days. Get your ass over to www.jfl42.com for more info.