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Hot on the star-studded heels of the Toronto International Film Festival comes JFL42, the comedy takeover of Toronto that sees dozens of big name comedians and other laugh-inducing types take to the stages of local comedy clubs and major venues like the Sony Centre between September 19 – 29.
This year, the festival will host everyone from Margaret Trudeau (aka Justin’s mom) to Steve-O to ‘Why Won’t You Date Me’ podcast host Nicole Byers — and those aren’t even the headliners. Among the top-billed acts are two LGBTQ icons who we can’t wait to welcome to the city:
Queer Eye’s resident hair and grooming guru will kick off the fest with a September 19th opening night set at the Sony Centre where we expect him to grace the stage in his trademark Van Ness handlebar-moustache-and-heels ensemble. With the premiere of the four-episode mini-season set to air on November 1 (don’t sleep — this installment sees the Fab Five take on Japan), the hype around Van Ness’ Canadian visit is HUGE.
And for anyone wondering how Van Ness could possibly do a full set on the topic of pomade and beard oil, please try to keep up: Funny or Die’s Gay of Thrones recapper has had a podcast on Earwolf since 2015. On Getting Curious, Van Ness tackles topics ranging from figure skating to the war in Yemen, all approached with genuine curiosity and, like, zero pretense.
The Broad City withdrawal struggle is real. When co-creators and stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer wrapped the fifth and final season of their genius two-hander series last spring, we legit cried. The pair’s so-honest-it-hurts approach to periods, pot, roommate situations, and sexuality was both liberating and hilarious.
Post-series, Jacobson came out with a memoir about her life after Broad City in which she shares essays, drawings, and other revealing musings. In I Might Regret This, Jacobson aligns her character with her real life experiences — beginning to date women and facing true heartbreak for the first time. Both she and Glazer will appear for an ‘In Conversation With’ dish session at the Sony Centre on September 20th and we are so here for it.
Tickets to see Jonathan Van Ness and Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer are available on JFL42’s site.