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Bigger. Better. Funnier. JFL42, Toronto’s Comedy Festival, Celebrates Its Most Successful Year Yet!

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 11:10 am


Over 18,000 passes and single tickets purchased, almost 70% more than in 2013

A total attendance of over 42,000 at 181 shows over 10 days

Toronto, ON (September 29, 2014)JFL42 2014, presented by Air Canada in association with SiriusXM, marked the Festival’s most successful year to-date. Taking over multiple venues across the city for ten straight days (September 18-27) including seven shows at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, this year’s JFL42 was the biggest, most star-studded lineup since the Festival launched in 2012. Passholders were treated to the likes of Seth Meyers, Lena Dunham, Nick Offerman, Amy Schumer, Joe Rogan, Wanda Sykes, Tim Minchin, Mike Birbiglia and many more.

SiriusXM hosted their annual Next Top Comic competition at the Randolph Theatre with Montreal-based Faisal Butt winning the contest and being awarded $15,000 in addition to a showcase at next year’s JFL42. SiriusXM also had multiple shows (Ben Miner, Ward & Al, and The Todd Shapiro Show) broadcasting live from JFL42 for two days during the Festival. Many of the JFL42 acts appeared as guests on their shows.

JFL42 is a pass-based interactive comedy festival created by Just For Laughs. Pass holders are given the opportunity to see their chosen headliner plus all of the 42 Festival acts over 10 days, along with the freedom to create their own schedule and experience. In turn, the demand created by pass holders for each of the Festival acts dictates how many shows each comic will perform and the size of the venue. It’s all processed through JFL42’s custom online reservation system and Festival App.

Below is a by-the-numbers recap of JFL42 2014:

13  —  Venues dedicated to JFL42

181  —  Number of JFL42 shows this year

6  —  Headlining comics performing at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, twice as many as in 2013 (Seth Meyers, Lena Dunham, Nick Offerman, Amy Schumer, Joe Rogan, Wanda Sykes). All headlining shows were presented by Air Canada

42  —  The number of comedy acts that performed as part of the Festival in addition to the six headliners

53  —  Number of local Toronto show openers

16  —  Number of females featured in this year’s Festival— more than ever before!

12,000  —  Number of passes sold

6,000  —  Number of single tickets sold

42,000+  —  Total attendance at JFL42 this year (comprised of 12,000 pass holders and 6,000 ticket buyers)

22  —  Number of shows that the most prolific performer, Ian Karmel, completed during the Festival run after his stay was extended due to demand.

30+  —  Total number of shows attended by any one pass holder over the 10-day Festival

1  —  The number of times Wanda Sykes dropped by the Comedy Bar to perform a surprise set at the Alternative Show and support the local comedy community

JFL42 is made possible through grants from Celebrate Ontario and the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation as well as the following sponsors: Air Canada; SiriusXM; Comedy Network; Volkswagen Canada;; Canadian Film Centre and Front Row Centre Events by Cineplex.

Established in 2012 and now in its third year, JFL42 is a pass-based interactive comedy Festival in Toronto created by Just For Laughs. Developed with a mandate to celebrate the most hilarious, innovative, riveting and relevant comedy experiences in the world with Toronto audiences, JFL42’s unique interactive pass-based ticketing and reservation system makes it the first comedy festival of its kind. In addition to JFL42, Just For Laughs has produced the world’s most prestigious comedy festival in Montreal for the past 32 years and in recent years has launched festivals in Sydney (Australia) and Nantes (France).

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Twitter: @JFL42


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