JFL 42 features the most hilarious, riveting and relevant comedy acts over a 10-day period in venues all over Toronto. From September 21 to 30, some of the most talented and well known names in comedy come to perform including Jenny Slate, John Mulaney, Jen Kirkman and Ali Wong – and boy did we join in on the action!
Our JFL journey began on Saturday night with the ever so talented Jenny Slate. Slate has appeared in some of the hottest shows on television – including Parks and Recreation, House of Lies and Comedy Central’s Kroll Show. She’s also voiced some of the most hilarious characters, including Gidget from The Secret Life of Pets and Marcel The Shell! Needless to say, we were beyond excited to see her perform.
Jenny Slate In Parks And Recreation
Slate came out to the song ‘Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself” by British singer Jess Glynne which messaging played a a backdrop to her entire performance and set the tone of the show.
The audience was beaming as Slate moved on to discuss everything from her parents professions (a potter and a poet), her deepest sexual fantasies, her fear of horses and pointed out some hilarious inconsistencies within Disney films – but seriously, why did everyone in Beauty in The Beast call the Beast ‘master’, but Belle called him ‘Beast’?
Already glowing from show one, we headed of to show two on Sunday night to see Ali Wong – one of the headliners of the festival.
As soon as I saw Ali Wong walk on stage, fully pregnant sporting a tight leopard dress and a messy bun, I knew laughs were definitely coming our way. Usually, you will find Ali making jokes about sex on the first date, penis size and strict asian parents. Since becoming a mom with another baby on the way, she took us through the “joys of motherhood” and pregnancy like no one has ever before. Let me rephrase that… she took us through motherhood and pregnancy REALNESS with absolutely no holding back! C sections, prenups, breastfeeding woes, how women change after having ababy, balancing family and career and what your “V” looks like after giving birth. These are all things that made us laugh uncontrollably, the guys included. At one point, we all heard a baby let out a loud cry and Ali invited the baby up to the stage. It was hilarious! Her raw sense of humour is one of a kind.
Near the end of the show, she said something that pretty much summed up the evening: Just because you had a baby, doesn’t mean you grew up! A new mantra to live by? I think so! Check out her Netflix stand up special Baby Cobra and make sure you take a tinkle first. You might not be able to contain yourself 😉