Interview: Stand-up comic and actor Andy Kindler on his new album, the 25th anniversary of his JFL addresses, and mental health

Posted by: Andrew Lizotte  //  October 17, 2020 @ 7:54pm

Andy Kindler has been a stand-up comic for over 30 years; toured endlessly across North America; co-starred in hit TV shows like Everybody Loves Raymond, Bob's Burgers, and Maron; spent years doing regular field pieces on The Late Show with David Letterman and returns to the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal every year to deliver his "State of the Industry

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JFL Interview: Late Night and Amber Ruffin Show writer/performer Jenny Hagel

Posted by: Andrew Lizotte  //  October 8, 2020 @ 7:07pm

If you've watched Late Night with Seth Meyers over the last few years, you've likely seen lots of Second City alumn Jenny Hagel, either performing alongside Meyers and fellow writer Amber Ruffin for the popular "Jokes Seth Can't Tell" segment or appearing in various other bits and sketches.

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JFL Interview: Stand-up comic DeAnne Smith

Posted by: Andrew Lizotte  //  October 7, 2020 @ 10:02pm

DeAnne Smith has been doing stand-up for nearly 15 years, beginning in Montreal, moving to the Toronto scene, and performing on stages all over Canada, the United States, the UK, and Australia since.

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Interview: Comic Gavin Matts coming back to Canada for a mini tour out west

Posted by: Paul Little  //  November 7, 2019 @ 7:55pm

Comic Gavin Matts has had a pretty good last couple years.

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JFL42 Reviews: Serious Talk with Funny People, Gabriel Iglesias, The El-Salomons, My Gorgeous Son

Posted by: Showbiz Monkeys  //  September 30, 2019 @ 5:34pm

Serious Talk with Funny People

September 28, 2019 • 3:00 PM @ TIFF Bell Lightbox

Reviewed by: Andrew Lizotte

Spirits were high as the panelists (Andy Kindler, Deanne Smith, Jessica Holmes, and Byron Bowers) took to

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JFL42 Reviews: SiriusXM Top Comic Finals, Dave Merheje, and Andy Kindler's Alternative Show

Posted by: Showbiz Monkeys  //  September 28, 2019 @ 2:28pm

SiriusXM Top Comic Finals

September 26, 2019 • 7:00 PM @ The Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Reviewed by: George Hudson & Paul Little

The annual SiriusXM Top Comic competition once again had its finals as part of JFL42 on Thursday night, with 10 comics competing for the top spot and a $2

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JFL42 Interview: Comic, actor, children's author, and podcaster Seán Cullen

Posted by: Andrew Lizotte  //  September 26, 2019 @ 11:51am

Seán Cullen is one of those rare Canadian performers who has fans across any age group. People were excited to shake his hand and give him a hug as he sauntered to the stage at one of his recent JFL42 shows.

For followers of the comedian's long career, this was a decidedly deeper and more intimate evening.

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JFL42 Reviews: Kate Berlant, Seán Cullen, and Jon Dore

Posted by: Showbiz Monkeys  //  September 26, 2019 @ 11:42am

Kate Berlant

September 24, 2019 • 9:00 PM @ The Royal

Reviewed by: Paul Little

Kate Berlant is an absolute joy to watch.

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JFL42 Reviews: Gettin' Better with Ron Funches, Chanty Marostica, and Seán Cullen

Posted by: Andrew Lizotte  //  September 24, 2019 @ 8:18pm

Getting Better with Ron Funches

September 22, 2019 • 5:30 PM @ TIFF Bell Lighthouse

Conditions were perfect for the kind of mellow gold that only Ron Funches can deliver. The seats were comfy, my herbal tea quietly steeping in the cup holder, my hair being gently tussled by the air conditioning. I was ready for essentially what was a meditation session with jokes.

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JFL42 Reviews: Between Two Ferns, Broad City, and Nick Kroll

Posted by: Andrew Lizotte  //  September 21, 2019 @ 4:06pm

Between Two Ferns: The Movie

September 20, 2019 • 2:00 PM @ TIFF Bell Lightbox

"How do I turn a five minute sketch into a feature length film?" is the age-old question that I'm sure keeps Lorne Michaels up at night.

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