Three first-time JFL comedians you need to check out
At the very first JFL42 festival in 2012, a late addition to the lineup was far from a household name, a young woman whose foul-mouthed sets at celebrity roasts were starting to grab the public. Six years later, Amy Schumer is a movie star scoring millions of dollars for her standup specials — proof that sometimes the festival grabs fresh faces at just the right time.
Not that they always get it right — that first fest also included David Suzuki, for reasons that remain unclear. But look beyond the headliners (this year: Joe Rogan, Seth Meyers, Jo Koy, Wanda Sykes, Hannibal Buress, Anthony Jeselnik, Chris D’Elia, Reggie Watts and Ken Jeong) and the returning fest veterans (Lady Dynamite’s Maria Bamford, Chappelle’s Show co-creator Neal Brennan, Margaret Cho, the indefatigable Andy Kindler) but there are always new faces bound for glory in years to come. Here are three names to consider checking out:
- Dulcé Sloan, who joined The Daily Show as a correspondent last year, stood out quickly for her cool dismissals, evident in a set where she warns us off tangling with anyone from the Congo: “She will kill you with a blow dart and a sharpened banana.” In Toronto Sept. 21-23.
- Clean-cut Idaho native Ryan Hamilton has a winning Netflix special Happy Face already under his belt, and scored on Colbert with his routine on the impossible rules for cancelling a gym membership. “Write a letter? I was furious. You know why? Because I didn’t sign this contract during the Civil War.” Sept. 25-29.
- Theo Von jokes compellingly about growing up poor and shrugging off talk of white privilege — “I know some (lucky sorts) had sweaters, but I was two tank tops in the winter”) and yoga ( “I ain’t touching my feet. That’s why God put ’em down there, so I wouldn’t be messing with ’em” — like a Southern-fried Bill Burr. Sept. 20-22.
Passes and tickets range from $55 to $299 at jfl42.com. And for the true comedy aficionado, there’s also the parallel ComedyCon slate of interviews and podcast tapings during the day; see the same site for details.
Garnet Fraser is a deputy entertainment editor and a contributor to the Star’s Entertainment section. He is based in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @garnetfraser
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