Comedian Jessie Olsen grows from fan of Toronto comedy scene to hosting her own show at JFL Toronto

Posted by: Matthew Ardill  •  October 18, 2023 @ 10:51am

Jessie Olson is an amazing comic who's been stirring up the Toronto comedy scene over the last few years. A local comedy fan, they made the leap from the audience to the stage and there's been no looking back.

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Detecting the Marvelous - Sandman Preludes & Nocturnes - Sweet Dreams Are Made Of These

Posted by: Matthew Ardill  •  October 16, 2023 @ 8:00am

The Detecting the Marvelous crew get together to get a little Freaudian and talk about Vertigo's Sandman covering the first half of Volume 1 Preludes & Nocturnes. We talk about Neil Gaiman's early work, the inspirations and the plot threads setup in this first series.

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Order Up! - JP Larocque - Sugar Water Solves All Your Problems

Posted by: Matthew Ardill  •  October 15, 2023 @ 5:39pm

We launch inoto the Soda War with the amazing writer who's work has been seen on Jan, Digstown, Popularity Papers and Shudder's Slasher JP Larocque. JP dives into the deep end with the virtues of Neocitran and thhe disappointment of Ovaltine.

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Patti Harrison at JFL Toronto

Posted by: Melanie Dahling  •  October 6, 2023 @ 8:03pm

Another JFL Toronto has come and gone. It's been such a treat to see so many masters at work, each showcasing their talent in their own unique way. One of the most memorable among them was Patti Harrison, with a show that sent a shock wave of mixed emotions through The Royal Theatre.

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Detecting the Marvelous - Daredevil - New Kid On The Cell Block

Posted by: Matthew Ardill  •  October 2, 2023 @ 8:00am

We go to the big house along with Matt Murdock to one of the world's most notorious prisons, Rikers Island. We explore Ed Brubaker's run of Daredevil with The Devil In Cell Block D.

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Order Up! - Ian Williams - Second Cousins

Posted by: Matthew Ardill  •  October 2, 2023 @ 8:00am

The Order Up crew chat with award-winning novelist and poet Ian Williams. We get his thoughts on pizza, discover his feelings on Pizza Pizza pizza, and even talk a little cereal.

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Comic Graham Kay brings his one-man show to JFL Toronto

Posted by: Andrew Lizotte  •  September 28, 2023 @ 10:43am

Ottawa's Graham Kay, who now calls Brooklyn home, has built up quite the comedy résumé.

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Comedian Sydnee Washington at JFL Toronto

Posted by: Melanie Dahling  •  September 27, 2023 @ 9:51am

I got the chance to catch up on Zoom with the charming and talented Sydnee Washington ahead of her appearances at the Toronto Just for Laughs Festival.

You can catch Syndee's solo show "How to Start a Fire" at JFL Toronto every night at Comedy Bar from September 27-30.

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Opening weekend at JFL Toronto 2023

Posted by: Melanie Dahling  •  September 26, 2023 @ 10:12am

Summers in Toronto are magical, and the Just for Laughs comedy festival is a perfect way to end one with a bang. It's 10 days of your favourite entertainers, the weather is right, and last call stretches 'til the wee hours.

As someone in the funny business, I often struggle between the urge to see and be seen, and the pleasure of my couch + a cozy list of grievances.

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Live Review: Al Val's Big, Brave Comedy Taping

Posted by: Matthew Ardill  •  September 19, 2023 @ 12:12pm

The first time I saw Al Val perform, she was getting roasted by a vicious panel of her peers at one of Todd Van Allen's "Write 'em Up" shows at Comedy Bar; she was being torn apart by the zippers on her pants.

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