There are several examples of comedy and basketball crossing over. Whether it’s a team lead by Jackie Moon, Carlton Banks launching a buzzer beater on The Fresh Prince or the New York Knicks, basketball is often a home for humor.
This year’s Just For Laughs Festival will feature a charity basketball game showcasing comedians and comedy industry professionals with proceeds benefiting AMI Quebec.
Comedy Records Presents JFL Hoop Dreams goes down July 24 at 2PM and will showcase Team World taking on Team Canada. The event will be hosted by K Trevor Wilson who will be in town performing his new show, Too Awesome, Too Fast as part of Off-JFL and Zoofest. Lineups for each team are filling up and feature a good balance of comedians and industry people.
Team World will be captained by Forrest Shaw who remained cautious when asked about his squad’s chances, ‘How can the world beat Canada at anything let alone basketball?’ While he remains humble his team is coming together and looks to have a decent roster including Jim Jefferies, other fellow comedians Brad Williams, Josh Adam Myers, Andrew Schulz, Emma Willmann and James Mattern, industry teammates Michael Cox (NBC’s Jimmy Fallon), Emilio Savone (New York Comedy Club), Mike Levine (Miami’s Comedy Inn) and former collegiate baller Katie Edwards (APA)
Team Canada will be lead by Nick Reynoldson who has a bit more confidence than his opponent going into the event. “This will be the second basketball championship a Canadian team will win this year,” explains the Scarborough native, “but also the second one that Americans don’t care about.” So far Reynoldson will be joined by fellow Toronto comics Rodrigo Fernandez-Stoll, Adam Christie, Freddy Rivas and from the industry side, Monique Barbieri from Live Nation.
JFL Pass Holders will have access to the event and the general public can purchase tickets at this link . All proceeds from the game will benefit AMI-Quebec, a non-profit organization that helps families manage the effects of mental illness through support, education, guidance, and advocacy.
There are a few spots remaining for comedians and comedy industry pros who’d like to participate. Potential players can sign up by emailing JFLHoopDreams@ComedyRecords.ca Registration closes July 17.
Complete details on the event are available here.