How do you close a festival filled with the funniest people in the world? Easy, with one of the world’s most popular comedians! This summer, Russell returns to the JFL stage once again, this time hosting his very own gala with a serious line-up of comedy heavyweights. Your sides will hurt (in a good way) with perfectly timed delivery and wickedly accurate jokes about everyone of every shape, size and colour on the planet.
Featuring: Ruben Paul, Wil Anderson, George Wallace, Robert Kelly, Godfrey and Erin Foley
He’s Canadian (like us)!: born in Toronto, Ontario, Russell has since become an international comedy super star
How it all started: attributes his performance on Comedy Now! in 2004 as the turning point in a career, especially after the video went viral on YouTube.
He could've been a salesman: in 2007 he was the first comedian to sell out Toronto's Air Canada Centre
He’s on TV: he’ll be one of the judges on the newest season of Last Comic Standing premiering this May
In good company : has toured and collaborated extensively with top comics Jamie Foxx, George Lopez, Cedric The Entertainer and Russell Peters
He wins at stuff: was chosen as one of the “Best of the Fest” at HBO’s U.S. Comedy Arts Festival
He’s a globetrotter: is an audience favourite in the US, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai
He’s on big and small screens: Zoolander, 30 Rock and recurring role on Louie
TV loves him: fresh off filming the FX pilot Bronx Warrants and stars alongside Shaquille O'Neal on TruTV series, Upload
Some backstory: constantly got in trouble for misbehaving and being an all-around class clown
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