JFL42’s can’t-miss comics

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The Workin’ mom Sept. 24, Sony Cen­tre

In Ali Wong’s break­through Net­flix spe­cial, Baby Co­bra, the co­me­dian was seven months preg­nant, de­liv­er­ing hon­est in­sights about the ex­act sort of things you’d ex­pect: the awk­ward tran­si­tion into adult­hood, the quirks of mar­riage and the pe­cu­liar­i­ties of par­ent­hood. Now that she’s of­fi­cially a mom, we ex­pect she’ll have plenty more to say on the topic.

The irL-onLy ex­pe­ri­enCe Sept. 24, Queen El­iz­a­beth The­atre

She’s done low-bud­get vi­ral videos (Mar­cel the Shell With Shoes On), in­die rom-coms (Ob­vi­ous Child) and Hol­ly­wood ro­mance (she dated Chris Evans), but for­mer SNL star Jenny Slate has sworn never to film her stand-up com­edy. Con­sider this JFL42 ap­pear­ance a rare op­por­tu­nity to see Slate at her purest.

The WoLf in sheep’s CLoTh­ing Sept. 21, Sony Cen­tre

Twig­gish, nasalvoiced and prep­pily dressed, John Mu­laney looks more like a Young Repub­li­can than a rab­ble-rouser. But in his new rou­tine, Kid Gor­geous, he lands a few jabs at Trump and shows off the bit­ing wit and awk­ward charm that pro­pelled him to fame through stand-up spe­cials and time spent writ­ing for Satur­day Night Live (he co-cre­ated Ste­fon!).

The Cringe ComiCs Sept. 29, Sony Cen­tre

Tim Hei­decker and Eric Ware­heim have made a ca­reer out of find­ing the hu­mour in the most cringeworthy of am­a­teur­ish en­ter­tain­ers, bad pub­lic-ac­cess TV shows and clichéd Hol­ly­wood movies. To mark the an­niver­sary of their sig­na­ture Adult Swim pro­gram, The Awe­some Show, Tim and Eric bring their raunchy alt-com­edy to the stage.

The mur­der nerds Sept. 30, Sony Cen­tre

Se­rial killers, can­ni­bal­ism, Ted Bundy—they’re all fod­der for Karen Kil­gar­iff and Ge­or­gia Hard­stark’s sur­pris­ingly funny true-crime pod­cast, My Fa­vorite Mur­der. The episodes are like wacky group ther­apy ses­sions, of­fer­ing the hosts (and au­di­ences) a goofy out­let for their deep­est fears and grimmest ob­ses­sions.

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