About The Festival

Festival & Company Overview

Just For Laughs Toronto is the Ontario not-for-profit responsible for one of the most important English comedy festivals in North America, the Just for Laughs Toronto Festival and other events. We occupy a unique place in the comedy world as one of the most important platforms for stand-up artists. Since 2012 the annual festival has showcased comedy's biggest stars, been a career-launcher for local and national emerging comedians, and been an important driver of tourism and fiscal revenue for Ontario and the City of Toronto.

The Just For Laughs Toronto mission rests on: reaching the widest audience possible; spurring discovery - by showcasing the next generation of local Toronto, Ontario and Canadian talent; supporting the comedy industry and comedy arts’ development in Toronto, across the province and beyond. We pursue our mission by being cutting edge and at the forefront of comedy – with stellar event management and unmatched programming laser focused on making Toronto THE comedy destination for a public wide and far.



The 2022 Festival was a smashing success. Nearly doubling in size from the last pre-pandemic edition — increasing the number of shows and artists by 93% and festival patrons by 86%!

The team took care to program shows for everyone. There was great BIPOC and LGBTQ2+ representation across the entire festival.

One of the most exciting parts of the 2022 festival, was the addition of the new FREE 100,000 sq ft outdoor Street Festival, which — even in its first year — has already become a fall festival staple for the city. Other highlights include:

  • Cementing JFL Toronto as one the biggest comedy festivals in the world
  • 10 days of live shows & events and a 3-day free Outdoor Festival
  • 240+ Live indoor and outdoor comedy shows
  • 300+ Artists and performers, of which 160+ are Canadian
  • 155,000+ fans

Pillars of Our Mission

  • Reach the widest audience possible - with a diverse, always cutting-edge offering of must-see comedy
  • Spur discovery as a catalyst for comedic talent - by showcasing and supporting the next generation of local Toronto, Ontario and Canadian talent
  • Support the comedy industry and comedy arts’ development - in Toronto, across the province and beyond


Our organizational vision is to make Toronto THE comedy destination for a public wide and far. Our vision for the festival is to be at the forefront of comedy with North America's biggest, most important English-market comedy festival.

JFL Toronto Staff

Executive & Administration

Robyn Kaszor

VP of Festivals

Oz Weaver

Executive Producer

Thomas Quirk

Director of Operations

Chris MacGregor

Associate Producer

Marc Chartrand

Director of Box Office & Ticketing

Elisabetta Gagliardi

Festival Coordinator

Madeline Pompura

Customer Service Coordinator


Nick Brazao

Director of Programming

Paul Willers

Director of International Programming

Christine Walters

Creative Director, ComedyPRO

Neil Bansil

Canadian Talent Programmer & Booker

Marianne Ways

U.S. Talent Booker

Ariane Thibault

Programming Manager


Lucy Segal

Director of Production

Reuben Coward

Producer, Street Festival

Duncan Macmillan

Sr. Production Manager

Matt Cohen

Technical Director


Laurent Madore

Director of Marketing

Alexandre Verbruggen

Marketing Project Manager

Kyra Carleton

Social Media Specialist

Diana Gerasimov

Marketing Coordinator

Charlene Coy


Jessie Kravitz

Lead Designer

Khalil Michot


Scott Da Ros


Jean-Philippe Gaudette

Senior Director - Digital and Monetization

Anne B-Godbout

Digital Services Manager

Samuel Poisson

Web Developer

Amélie Durand

Web Developer

Mickael Bourdon

Web Developer

Fabien Dariel

Web Developer


Kathleen Barbeau

Manager of Public Partnerships*

Jean-Philippe Couture

Public Partnerships Senior Financial Analyst*

Isabelle Patenaude

Senior Writer*

David Massé

Project Manager, Public Partnerships and Cultural Industries*

Kevin Townsend

City of Toronto Government Relations**

Sadaf Abbasi

Ontario Government Relations**

Amanda DeYoung

Ontario Government Relations**

Liam Daly

Federal Government Relations*

Andrew Reddick

Director Sales, Sponsorships

Phil Bouffard

Managing Director+

Morgan Claringbold

Manager, Strategic Partnerships+

Marc Thususka

Business Development+

*L’Équipe Spectra ** Sussex Strategy Group + Paquin Partnerships

Just For Laughs Group Executive Team

Bruce Hills


Alain Boucher

Exec. VP & Chief Financial Officer

Stéphanie Hudon

VP & Chief Legal Officer

Marina Di Pancrazio

Chief Content Revenue

Patrick Rozon

Chief Creative Officer


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