As if figuring out JFL42’s ticketing system weren’t confusing enough—although, as we said yesterday, it doesn’t have to be—choosing which shows to attend can be just as perplexing. With 42 acts on the schedule, narrowing your picks down to five can be an anxiety-inducing affair. Below, we offer recommendations to suit your individual comedic taste.
 
HOW TO PICK YOUR HEADLINER
 
If you like your humour nasty and profane
Sarah Silverman’s the woman for you. Silverman recently appeared on the Roast of James Franco, where she had a lot of fun.
 
If you like shrill voices and trendy suits
Then Aziz Ansari is your guy. Best known for playing Tom Haverford on Parks and Recreation, Ansari just wrapped his Buried Alive tour in July, and is already performing new material.
 
If you wish you were a Griffin
Then you need to have the Family Guy Live experience. Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, and Mila Kunis will be present for a live reading, accompanied by a 40-piece orchestra. Sounds like Stewie’s getting fancy for real.
 
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If you like absurdist character humour
Maria Bamford all the way. If you haven’t heard of her (which you should have), you’ll probably recognize her from appearances on shows like Arrested Development, Kroll Show, Louie, and Tim and Eric. We recommend checking out The Maria Bamford Show for an intro to what she’s all about.
 
If you want to support the local guy...
There are a bunch of fantastic local comedians on the roster this year, including Chris Locke, and Graham Chittenden, as well as ex-Picnicface members Mark Little and Kyle Dooley, who are doing a show together.
 
If you have darkness in your soul
Anthony Jeselnik is known for his unapologetically harsh brand of envelope-pushing humour. See him if your heart is made of coal.
 
If you’re a Saturday Night Live fan
Lots of SNL folk in the lineup this year. Ex-cast members Janeane Garofalo and Colin Quinn will both be performing solo stand-up shows, and John Mulaney, best known for his work as an SNL writer, will also be appearing for two nights.
 
If you never miss a podcast
Grand podcast king supreme Marc Maron will be in Toronto for two shows on September 24. And you also have two chances to see Bill Burr, host the Bill’s Monday Morning Podcast, on September 21.
 
If you’re a game show fan
Then check out Match Game Live on September 25 at Second City. Circle back here for more details on talent appearing in the show.