The streets of downtown Toronto have been overtaken with film industry bigwigs, camera-toting tourists, major celebs, and eye-popping marketing activations. Are these the four horsemen of the apocalypse? Perhaps—but they’re definitely a sign that the 2016 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival hath begun!
 
The annual event has descended upon the streets, theaters, and premium restaurants of Hogtown, bringing with it a pretty big box full of highly anticipated films from around the world. While most TIFF films aim for cultural impact, social commentary, and/or achievement in the art and science of motion pictures, there are a few that strive to elicit laughs in the name of comedy. Since our channel is called “Comedy”, we thought it might be a useful exercise to identify some of the funnier offerings in this year’s fest.
 
Please note the following picks are based solely on us clicking around the website to find anything labeled “comedy”. We have not seen any of these works and cannot guarantee the validity of their humorousness. That being said we probably saved you a bunch of time should you be the type who would much rather see films that are more “fart” than “art”, know what I mean?
 
Using the films’ synopses, we’ll compare each to 1988’s Willow, which has been scienTIFFically proven as the median to which all films should be compared against.
 
nirvanna the band the show


TIFF Description:
Can-con bad boy Matt Johnson (The Dirties, Operation Avalanche) and co-conspirator Jay McCarrol revive their cult-hit web series about a hapless two-piece Toronto band who will do anything to play a show at The Rivoli — apart from actually writing and rehearsing any actual songs.
 
What We Know For Sure:
This was a web series that is becoming a TV series that’s being premiered on a movie screen. That’s pretty funny?
 
Will It Be Better Than Willow?
The comedic duo of Johnson and McCarrol definitely have the potential to outdo Kevin Pollack and Rick Overton’s hilarious Brownies that helped make Willow one of the most okay movies of all-time.
 


Dog Eat Dog

TIFF Description:
Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe star in this blackly comic crime caper from director Paul Schrader (Affliction, The Walker), about a crew of ex-cons hired by a Cleveland mafioso to kidnap the baby of a rival mobster.

What We Know For Sure:
Cage and Defoe are both excellent actors with VERY funny faces.

Will It Be Better Than Willow?
Both films are centered on the stealing of a special baby so it’ll be a close call. But if you consider that Cage and Defoe would’ve both made formidable Madmartigans, it definitely has potential to surpass Willow.



 
The Edge of Seventeen


TIFF Description:
Oscar nominees Hailee Steinfeld and Woody Harrelson star in this hilarious, edgy and poignant coming-of-age tale about an endearingly witty but self-absorbed teen whose life goes into a tailspin after her older brother starts dating her best friend.

What We Know For Sure:
This is a sticky situation!

Will It Be Better Than Willow?
As much as we love Woody Harrelson, we doubt this film will combine adventure and special effects like Willow does.


Prank


TIFF Description:
A lovelorn teenage outcast gets drawn into the world of “professional” pranksters, in the agonizingly hilarious feature debut from acclaimed Quebecois short filmmaker Vincent Biron.

What We Know For Sure:
If any region in world can support an industry of professional pranksters, it’s Quebec.

Will It Be Better Than Willow?
The world that this teenage outcast is drawn into doesn’t quite sound as interesting as the world filled with magic and danger that Willow Ufgood finds himself in, but if this movie ends up being a feature length version of Just For Laughs: Gags, it should easily surpass Willow.




Sing

TIFF Description:
A show-biz impresario who happens to be a koala (Matthew McConaughey) attracts a menagerie of musical hopefuls when he holds a singing contest to try and save his theatre, in this animated musical comedy from the creators of Despicable Me.

What We Know For Sure:
McConaughey doesn’t put on an Australian accent when voicing the lead koala so like, what’s the point?

Will It Be Better Than Willow?
Willow’s famous talking goat/ostrich/tortoise/tiger/woman morphing sequence is like a whole animated movie told in under two minutes. This one goes to Willow.

 
Mascots


TIFF Description:
Director Christopher Guest (Best in Show, A Mighty Wind) and members of his beloved stock company — Parker Posey, Bob Balaban, Jane Lynch, Jennifer Coolidge, Ed Begley Jr., and Fred Willard — along with new additions Chris O'Dowd and Zach Woods, usher us into the high-stakes world of professional sports mascots, who are engaged in a cutthroat competition for the annual "Gold Fluffy Award."

What We Know For Sure:
This movie will have at least three funny parts.

Will It Be Better Than Willow?
Every Christopher Guest movie except For Your Consideration is better than Willow so there’s a very good chance that this movie will surpass it in overall quality.