Last month, we announced that Louis CK is headlining JFL42, a Just For Laughs festival with 42 offerings (duh), including standup, music, poetry and lectures (it’s sort of like the NXNE of the comedy world). And the confirmed participants keep rolling in: Patton Oswalt and Todd Barry have signed on to make people laugh, while David Suzuki has been asked to lecture because, well, he’s awesome. Not interested in laughing or listening to awesome people talk about important subjects? There’s also a poetry slam and some sort of event where people get their naked bodies painted (art!), so there’s something for every kind of person. (For everyone’s sake, we hope the paint isn’t too cold.)
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Fans of Louis CK’s incredibly colourful (and hilarious) standup comedy will be excited to note that he’ll be headlining four shows in Toronto as part of the launch of JFL42, a festival put together by Just For Laughs and LiveNation. The festival runs for eight days from September 21 to 28, and will include, um, 42 acts from various disciplines, ranging from art to comedy, to choose from (a pass entitles the buyers to a reserved seat for a Louis CK show, and the choice of attending several other events). This isn’t your average comedy festival either, because JFL and LiveNation want the user to be involved in creating the schedule—festival passes can be purchased via smart phone, and the acts with the most interest will get the best time slots (the festival also recognizes that some acts may be too popular, and they have committed to setting up at bigger venues or adding extra performance dates and times where possible). Passes go on sale May 25 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster, and a full list of the performers will be revealed in June. Please, please, please, let Rob Delaney be on that final list.