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Review: Patton Oswalt talks the pains of growing old and more at JFL42 Special

Toronto - "You're not getting your money's worth tonight," Patton Oswalt said early on to a packed Toronto audience Friday night. Despite confessing major tiredness, Oswalt was still on the top of his game.

Review: John Hodgman weaves a bizarre, beautiful world at JFL42 Special

Toronto - John Hodgman began his Tuesday night JFL42 show by getting the audience into a "power pose": standing up, hands above head. He tells the audience the pose helps with stressful situations, which he assures his audience can expect from his act.

Review: Bill Burr brings his edgy humour to raucous Toronto crowd Special

Toronto - In a packed Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in downtown Toronto, U.S. comedian Bill Burr didn't shy away from his ornery takedowns of celebs such as Caitlyn Jenner, Donald Trump, Kanye West, and even Peter Dinklage.

Review: Trevor Noah gets political at JFL42 Special

Toronto - Just two days before he's slated to take the helm of 'The Daily Show,' Trevor Noah delivered on a set that was understandably political.

Review: John Mulaney slays Toronto at JFL42 Special

Toronto - John Mulaney's uniquely sly-yet-enthusiastic tone makes his comedy unpredictable — he may be telling a perfectly innocuous-sounding story before suddenly pretending he's a two-year-old French bulldog who's seen some things.

Review: Joe Rogan delivers a mixed bag at JFL42 Special

Toronto - Joe Rogan is a man of many day jobs — MMA colour commentator, podcaster, host of 'Fear Factor — but his first job was stand-up, and he brought a sprawling set to JFL42.

Review: Wanda Sykes keeps it real at JFL42 Special

Toronto - More than anything, Wanda Sykes excels at straight talk. She can make jokes about serious world events in the same breath as she jokes about living in "a house full of white people."

Comedian Iliza Shlesinger expertly analyzes female behaviour Special

Few comedians have so precisely captured the cultural and societal zeitgest of the modern woman as Iliza Shlesinger does regularly on stage. In an interview, she discussed finding her comedic voice, defining what's funny and her upcoming USO Tour.

Review: Nick Offerman goes 'full bush,' endears Canadians at JFL42 Special

Toronto - Fans of the NBC hit 'Parks of Recreation' likely know what it sounds like when Ron Swanson giggles. As it turns out, Nick Offerman has the exact same laugh — it was one of many ways Offerman endeared himself to the Sony Centre on Saturday night.

Review: Lena Dunham talks feminism, Hollywood, why she's different than Hannah Special

Toronto - Reading from her memoir for the first time and answering questions, Lena Dunham, the creator and star of the HBO hit show Girls, shared her charming humour, candid insight into gender issues and why she feels like she's visiting Hollywood still.

Review: Amy Schumer's raunchy humour scores big at JFL42 Special

Toronto - As the first of JFL42's headliners, Amy Schumer had high expectations placed on her, but she more than delivered to a sold-out Sony Theatre Friday night in Toronto.

Review: Tim Minchin makes an effortless return to comedy at JFL42 Special

Toronto - Partway through his act, Australian comic Tim Minchin said "This isn't actually comedy. This is like someone with an arts degree who never got to use it." Despite his insistence that his act wasn't comedy, he had a full audience roaring throughout.

Review: Cullen, DiGiovanni highlight first night of Toronto's comedy fest Special

Toronto - A cross-section of Canuck comic talent – including local legend Seán Cullen – took the spotlight at the Rivoli last night, in a special edition of the long-running ALTdot COMedy Lounge that was affiliated with the ongoing JFL42 festival.

Toronto's Dave Merheje brings on the laughs at JFL42 this week Special

Toronto - Dave Merheje is one very busy man. One of Canada's fastest-rising stand-up comics over the past few years, he's about to add multiple appearances at Toronto's JFL42 comedy festival to his already impressive resume.
 

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