JFL42’s can’t-miss comics
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.