Just For Laughs Announces New Festival Launch Titled Just For Laughs London’ With Craig Robinson, Ryan Reynolds, And Many More!

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LONDON/ LOS ANGELES / MONTRÉAL, November 21, 2022 – Global leader in comedy, Just For Laughs, in collaboration with leading live entertainment company, AEG Presents, and The O2, the world’s most popular music, leisure and entertainment venue, are thrilled to share details of the first slate of programming to be added to the first-ever edition of Just For Laughs LONDON, a four-day festival being held between March 2-5 2023 inclusive at The O2. Tickets go on sale on Thursday 24th November 2022 at 10.00am (GMT) and are available from www.jfllondon.com.

American Express® Cardmembers’ can get access to presale tickets for Ryan Reynolds “Maximum Effort” from Wednesday 23rd November at 10:00am GMT. O2 and Virgin Media customers can access presale tickets via the Priority app for events taking place in The O2 arena, indigo at The O2 and Superscreen, Cineworld at The O2 from Tuesday 22nd November at 10:00am GMT.

Taking place in various venues covering the full campus of The O2 – from club shows at indigo at The O2 to London’s largest cinema, Cineworld to the installation of Fortuna, an intimate wood and mirror Spiegeltent as an additional performance space as well as the world-famous arena – and featuring a mix of notable headliners, multi-comic shows, live podcast recordings, ‘In Conversations’, cast panels and more, Just for Laughs LONDON promises to deliver larger-than-life laughs as it unites today’s funniest UK and international comedy stars.

Just for Laughs LONDON is joining forces with the major charity Comic Relief, who have been changing lives across the world since 1985. Both our organisations believe in the power of laughter and people coming together to create positive change, so we are thrilled to be working together to program 2-3 shows at the first edition of Just For Laughs LONDON. The comedy festival will raise money to help Comic Relief support people through the toughest times of their lives in the UK and around the world.

Over the last 40 years, the unique and edgy style of British humour has become synonymous with what Just For Laughs is known for. They have introduced prime-time TV audiences to these rising British comedy stars on Channel 4, BBC, Channel 5 and to global audiences. 

Bruce Hills, President of Just For Laughs: “Every year, without a doubt, the British contingent of comedians at JFL MONTRÉAL are one of the highlights of our event, which I credit to the comedians’ distinctiveness, originality and a point of view unlike any other. Now is the perfect time for us to bring our festival to shine the international spotlight on the incredible UK scene, while also bringing global comedy stars to join forces in producing one epic comedy celebration”.

Steve Homer, CEO of AEG Presents: “AEG Presents are hugely excited to be building what’s set to be London’s biggest ever comedy festival with the fantastic JFL and The O2 teams. We can’t wait to celebrate everything that’s so unique, quirky and world-renowned about British comedy along with some of the world’s biggest international stars – all gracing The O2’s hallowed stages together next March”.

Emma Bownes, VP of Venue Programming (Europe) at The O2: “We’re thrilled to be partnering with JFL and AEG Presents to bring the very first Just For Laughs LONDON to The O2 in March 2023. From Hollywood royalty with the legendary Ryan Reynolds, to the unstoppable Katherine Ryan, Just For Laughs LONDON will feature the best in stand-up, podcasts, and even wrestling across seven venues all within The O2’s campus. We look forward to hosting Just for Laughs LONDON for many years to come”.

Richard Curtis: “At Comic Relief, we believe in the power of comedy and entertainment to drive positive change across the world. That’s why I’m delighted to be hosting this special show at the very first Just For Laughs festival in the UK, with AEG and The 02.  I am incredibly excited about sharing the stage with some of the superstars who’ve helped us raise more than £1.5billion in the last 35 years…and dropping some juicy morsels of backstage gossip into the open mouths – and/or ears – of our lovely audience of diehard comedy fans”.

Graham Norton: “I can’t wait to be a part of this amazing comedy event. I can guarantee people a night of big names and even bigger laughs. London in 2023 just got a whole lot funnier!!”.

THE O2 ARENA

Ryan Reynolds “Maximum Effort” moderated by Rob Delaney I Saturday, March 4, 2023 I The O2 arena I 8:30 PM 

Global super-star Ryan Reynolds will transport us into his creative multiverse as he talks about everything from his accomplished acting career to being a producer and screenwriter to a successful entrepreneur. This is sure to be a fun-packed conversation filled with laughter, anecdotes, and insight into the Hollywood superstar. Reynolds’ acting career includes nominations for a Golden Globe and Grammy Awards for his work on the billion-dollar franchise Deadpool. He is the only actor with 3 films on Netflix’s all-time top 10 list (Red NoticeThe Adam ProjectSix Underground).  After beginning his acting career in 1991, Ryan rose to prominence in the comedy series Two Guys, A Girl and a Pizza Place and dozens of films. But there’s more as Reynolds is also an award-winning marketer, creating breakthrough campaigns for Deadpool as well as Aviation Gin, Mint Mobile and the Match Group. And if you think he’s not busy enough, he is also an owner of Aviation Gin, Mint Mobile, Wrexham Football Club, Chief Creative Officer of MNTN and a co-founder of Maximum Effort Productions. It’s no wonder that he’s been recognized as one of the most creative people in business by Fast Company, Wall Street Journal and AdWeek among others. Don’t miss this exciting, funny and insightful conversation with Ryan Reynolds as he talks about his passions, future projects, his road to and secrets of his success.

Moderating the conversation will be Ryan’s Deadpool 2 co-star, Rob Delaney. Rob is the Emmy-nominated co-creator and co-star of the critically acclaimed Channel 4 and Amazon Prime comedy Catastrophe and is currently filming Showtime’s drama series The Man Who Fell To Earth. He recently wrapped Judd Apatow’s upcoming comedy The Bubble opposite Karen Gillan, and his stand-up special Rob Delaney: Live at the Bowery Ballroom, is available on Netflix. 

Variety Gala hosted by Graham Norton at The O2 arena 

*show date and time to be announced shortly

Just For Laughs LONDON is thrilled to announce that for the first time in many years, Graham Norton will be taking the stage to host a special curated variety gala. Full details including line-up and ticket details to be announced in the upcoming weeks.

INDIGO AT THE O2

Katherine Ryan and Friends I Thursday, March 2, 2023 I indigo at The O2 I 9:30 PM

Join the Creator, Writer, Star and EP of Netflix Original hit series, The Duchess (along with two global Netflix comedy specials: In Trouble and Glitter Room) comedian Katherine Ryan as she hosts a very special line-up of brilliant comedians. As seen on Live At The Apollo, Would I Lie To You (BBC), 8 Out Of 10 Cats (Channel 4), and hosting Backstage with Katherine Ryan (Amazon Prime).  

Joining Katherine will be the Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and star of Mock The Week and Live At The Apollo (both BBC). Darren Harriott, and more brilliant comedians to be announced soon!

Reggie Watts I Saturday, March 4, 2023 I indigo at The O2 I 11:00 PM

Reggie Watts, internationally renowned vocalist, beatboxer, musician, comedian and improvisor amazes audiences with his unpredictable performances, which are created on-the-spot using only his formidable voice and loop pedals. Blending and blurring the lines between comedy and music with his unique lyrical style, LA Weekly calls Reggie “the most wildly inventive new talent of the past five years.”

Reggie’s Netflix comedy special, Spatial, released in 2016 is available worldwide. He also has appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden, Conan, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live, John Oliver’s Stand-Up New York, HBO’s The Yes Men Save The World, IFC, Comedy Central’s Michael and Michael Have Issues, UK’s Funny Or Die, and PBS’ Electric Company.

Comic Relief – The Truth & Everything Except the Truth, Hosted by Richard Curtis, Sunday, March 5 2023 I indigo at The O2 I 4:00pm

Richard Curtis, co-founder of Red Nose Day, is joined by Comic Relief stars as they reveal “Comic Relief – the Truth & Everything Except the Truth” – an afternoon of comedy, memories and mishaps.

Aisling Bea and Friends I Saturday, March 4, 2023 I indigo at The O2 I 8:00 PM

Join the Bafta award winning creator and star of Channel 4’s This Way Up, comedian Aisling Bea, as she hosts a starry line-up of fantastic comedians. As seen regularly on QI (BBC), 8 Out Of 10 Cats (Channel 4), and featured on Netflix’s Comedy Line-up. Aisling also can be seen playing one of the leads in the Netflix series, Living With Yourself, starring opposite Paul Rudd.

Joining Aisling will be two-time Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee and Host of The Mash Report (BBC) Nish Kumar, plus more to be announced. 

The Horne Section I Friday, March 3, 2023 I indigo at The O2 I 7:30 PM

Following The Horne Section TV Show on Channel 4, their hit BBC Radio 4 series, their own TV Special at the London Palladium, appearances as house band on Save Our Summer Crouchy’s Year Late Euros and The Last Leg, an iTunes chart-topping podcast and many years of sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and London’s West End, don’t miss everyone’s favourite Dictionary Corner regulars on 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and the first band to ever host Never Mind The Buzzcocks at Just for Laughs London this March. 

Five outstanding musicians, one non-musical stand up, there’ll be comedy, songs, enthusiastic dancing and a lot of mucking about. A unique show from the hugely talented band and Alex Horne, the creator and co-host of The Bafta and Emmy nominated Taskmaster, which won Best Entertainment Show at last year’s Broadcast Awards. 

Adam Buxton Best of Bug I Thursday, March 2, 2023 I indigo at The O2 I 7:00 PM
British writer, comedian and podcast host Adam Buxton brings BUG, the long running, sell out BFI music video show to the Indigo stage. Expect a selection of outstanding videos from the last few years, variously unhinged comments from the online community and other nonsense from Adam’s laptop. 

Craig Robinson and The Nasty Delicious I Friday, March 3, 2023 I indigo at The O2 I 11:00 PM

Funnyman actor/comedian Craig Robinson (NBC’s The Office/NBC’s Brooklyn 99) introduced his band, The Nasty Delicious, in 2007. The nine-piece crew have been electrifying audiences around the globe with their powerful fusion of Chicago-House, funk, hip hop and R&B, all topped off with Craig’s soulful voice, edgy humour, and improved crowd participation. All the members of the band have their own creative projects, and have also toured and recorded with countless legendary artists across the genres, including Stevie Wonder, Lionel Ritchie, John Legend, Lauryn Hill, Chaka Khan, Beyonce, Maroon 5, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, and many more. They have also been featured on Seth Rogen’s Hilarity For Charity on Netflix, NBC’s The Office & Last Comic Standing, just to name a few.

The Receipts Podcast – Live I Saturday, March 4, 2023 I indigo at The O2 I 5:00 PM

The Receipts Podcast are thrilled to be part of the Just For Laughs comedy festival 2023. From relationships to situationships and everything in between you can expect unadulterated girl talk with no filter. The girls guarantee you a night of laughter, joy and even some confessions from the dedicated listeners. Hosted by Tolani Shoneye, Milena Sanchez & Audrey Indome, you’ll see the ladies do what they do best in real time including a live performance and other surprises in store, it’s sure to be a fun night!

Max and Ivan’s ‘The Wrestling’ I Sunday, March 5, 2023 I indigo at The O2 I 8:00 PM

The Wrestling is a death-defying, Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning, sell-out mega-show – the grandest, most outrageous spectacle in the comedy universe. Stemming from Max’s misspent youth as the UK’s youngest professional wrestler (Max Voltage, the Human Dynamo), it’s a world of spectacular high-flying action featuring your favourite comedians as you’ve never seen them before. Since The Wrestling began, Aisling Bea has been hurled over the top rope, Sara Pascoe has been carried in on the back of an entire semi-nude team of acrobats, and Max & 

Ivan has done battle atop a ladder – all in front of a feral live crowd. Good versus evil. Clotheslines versus punchlines. 

Springleaf: James Acaster and Nish Kumar I Saturday, March 4, 2023 I Screen 16, Cineworld at The O2 I 6:00 PM

James Acaster is the covert stand-up comedian persona of undercover cop Pat Springleaf. Everyone knows that. And as it’s obligatory for all comedians to have a podcast these days, Pat wants in. When Pat was undercover, he wore his wire 24-7-365. Or 366 if it was a leap year. In this one-off event for Just For Laughs LONDON, Pat talks to Nish Kumar about the true-crime podcast he’s been working on, in which he uses the wire recordings he’s amassed over years of infiltrating criminal gangs to blow wide open the biggest case he ever worked on. A case, it transpires, in which Nish played an unwitting part…

Elis James and John Robins Live I Sunday, March 5, 2023 I Superscreen, Cineworld at The O2 I 7:00 PM

Join Elis James (Fantasy Football League) and John Robins (Live at the Apollo, Edinburgh Comedy Award winner) for an hour of classic Elis and John. PCDs, Retro Oners and Live Vibe Tasters assemble! Elis and John can be heard weekly on their BBC Radio 5Live show, and their award-winning BBC Podcast How Do You Cope?”

Shaparak Khorsandi presents “It Was The 90’s!” I Saturday, March 4, 2023 I O2 Blueroom I 4:00 PM

Ah, the 90s! The decade that Shaparak was in her twenties and ‘ladette’ culture ruled the school. The decade when there was nothing to be done but party, and Shaparak found herself flying about London with hope in her heart, a tenner in her pocket and spare knickers in her handbag. She matched the boys pint-for-pint and frequently woke up in parts of London she’d never heard of. With hindsight though, the way people behaved back then looks like the ultimate in self harm. In those days, ‘mindfulness’ was making sure you had enough money for the night bus and ‘self-care’ was putting your flat shoes in a handbag. This is a show about how we 90s kids are looking to young people to learn how to take care of ourselves.

All Killa No Filla Podcast I Saturday, March 4, 2023 I Superscreen, Cineworld at The O2 I 7:00 PM

Rachel Fairburn and Kiri Pritchard-McLean are co-presenters of the hit true crime podcast All Killa no Filla. With millions of downloads, sold out tours of the UK and an American tour behind them the pair thought it was about time they brought their unique blend of murder facts and humour to Canada but couldn’t get visas so are delighted to be taking part in the Just for Laughs Festival LONDON festival. 

A Gay and A NonGay Podcast I Sunday, March 5, 2023 I Screen 16, Cineworld at The O2 I 4:00 PM

In a time when we’re all threatened by a rhetoric of hate from the people in power, A Gay and A NonGay challenges our differences head on and proves that no matter who you are, or what you’re into, love is love and Gays and NonGays can be Friends. A new episode is released every Wednesday, where James and Dan dive into conversations around day-to-day life, differences in perceptions, homophobia, coming out, mental health and lighter topics like dating and Dan learning all about douching. It’s always been their mission to talk openly, promote equality, freedom and friendship whilst making our listeners laugh. Hosted by comedians James Barr and Dan Hudson (James is Gay, Dan is NonGay), the A Gay and A NonGay is the UK’s #1 award winning LGBTQ+ podcast.

Stamptown hosted by Zach Zucker  I Friday, March 3, 2023 I  Fortuna Spiegeltent I 9:00 PM

Zach Zucker is an award-winning, performer/producer based in London and LA. He is the creator of the Stamptown and one half of Norwegian-American comedy duo, Zach & Viggo. Zach also runs the late-night, variety show Stamptown Comedy Night and hopes to fulfil his lifelong dream of playing in the NBA.

Luisa Omielan presents “Ten” I Thursday, March 2, 2023 I Screen 16, Cineworld at The O2 I 8:30 PM

Luisa Omielan creates iconic one woman shows. She was the first comedian to receive a Bafta Breakthrough for stand up. Not the first female comedian, the first ever. Now, 10 years after What Would Beyonce Do?! propelled her into the spotlight. Featuring jokes from Am I right LadiesPolitics for Bitches and God is a Woman. Expect cow impressions, thigh gaps, Mary Magdalene and relationship boat analogies. Authentic, raw, honest and timeless, it’s the only show that can make you laugh your head off and cry your eyes out simultaneously.

Craig Robinson In Conversation I Saturday, March 4, 2023 I Screen 16, Cineworld at The O2 4:00 PM

Notable actor, writer, performer, Craig Robinson is best known for his role in the U.S. version of NBC’s The Office, as well as his roles in such blockbuster movies as Knocked Up, This is the End, Hot Tub Time Machine, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, just to name a few! In addition to his acting career, he travels the world performing with his band “The Nasty Delicious.”

Come hear directly from Craig as he shares hilarious career stories, discussing his journey to comedy stardom with hit global TV and film roles which have been ranked some of the most binged- watched comedy series and films in history. 

Randy Feltface I Friday, March 3, 2023 I Screen 16, Cineworld at The O2 I 6:00 PM

Randy Feltface has spent over fifteen years carving out a unique niche on the international comedy circuit. He was nominated for best comedy at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, sold out in London and New York, and featured several times at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival. He has released five comedy specials and made his US television debut as a crowd favourite on NBC’s Bring The Funny. His live show is a high energy existential crisis full of the kind of amusing anecdotes and biting observations that have earned him the title of World’s Most Entertaining Non-Human Comedian.

Jessica Fostekew presents “Wench” I Saturday, March 4, 2023 I All Bar One at The O2 I 6:00 PM

A show about sexy things (awkward), private things (oh no) and a woman trying to sit on the face of time to keep it still (hot, right?). You’ve seen Jess on Live at the Apollo, QI and on Harry Hill’s Clubnite amongst other TV shows. She’s a regular co-host of The Guilty Feminist Podcast, the host and creator of The Hoovering Podcast and you hear her regularly on BBC R4’s News Quiz and Now Show. Jess was nominated for the Dave Edinburgh Comedy Award – Best Show 2019 with her last show Hench, and she won Best Breakthrough Act in the Chortle Awards 2020.

FOC It Up! Comedy Club I Saturday, March 4, 2023 I O2 Blueroom, 2:00 PM

The FOC IT UP! Comedy Club, founded by American comic Kemah Bob, unapologetically celebrates and centres the perspectives of comedians of colour that are not cis-men! Join Kemah and her incredibly hilarious comrades in comedy for a night the Evening Standard calls “a riot of positivity and inclusivity”. Since 2018 FOC IT UP! has brought its revolutionary energy to sold out shows in London, the Edinburgh Fringe, Latitude and Southbank Festival. Hot off recording the first season of the FOC IT UP! Podcast, featuring stand-up from over 50 comedians, the Femmes of Colour Comedy club is excited to be a part of Just For Laughs London. “The Femmes of Color Comedy Club is the freshest & most important new outfit in the British comedy landscape” – Deborah Frances-White of The Guilty Feminist. White audience members are encouraged to check their privilege at the door! Kemah (she/they) is a comedian, presenter, writer, actor, drag artist and producer. In addition to being featured on Dave, iTV, Channel 4, Comedy Central and the BBC, she has supported Hannah Gadsby, Nish Kumar, Desiree Burch and The Guilty Feminist on tour. 

DAYDATEARTISTVENUESHOWTIME
ThursdayMarch 2Adam Buxton “Best of Bug”indigo at The O27:00PM
ThursdayMarch 2Luisa Omielan “Ten”Screen 16, Cineworld at The O28:30PM
ThursdayMarch 2Katherine Ryan and Friendsindigo at The O29:30PM
FridayMarch 3Randy FeltfaceScreen 16, Cineworld at The O26:00PM
FridayMarch 3Stamptown hosted by Zach ZuckerFortuna Spiegeltent 9:00PM
FridayMarch 3Craig Robinson and The Nasty Deliciousindigo at The O211:00PM
FridayMarch 3The Horne Sectionindigo at The O27:30PM
SaturdayMarch 4Shaparak Khorsandi: “It Was The 90s!”O2 Blueroom4:00PM  
SaturdayMarch 4FOC It Up! Comedy ClubO2 Blueroom 2:00 PM
SaturdayMarch 4Craig Robinson In ConversationScreen 16, Cineworld at The O24:00PM
SaturdayMarch 4The Receipts Podcast – Live indigo at The O25:00PM
SaturdayMarch 4Springleaf: James Acaster & Nish KumarScreen 16, Cineworld at The O26:00PM
SaturdayMarch 4Jessica Fostekew “Wench”All Bar One at The O26:00PM
SaturdayMarch 4All Killa No Filla PodcastSuperscreen, Cineworld at The O27:00PM
SaturdayMarch 4Aisling Bea and Friends indigo at The O28:00PM
SaturdayMarch 4Ryan Reynolds “Maximum Effort” moderated by Rob DelaneyThe O2 arena8:30PM
Saturday March 4Reggie Watts indigo at The O211:00PM
SundayMarch 5A Gay and A NonGay PodcastScreen 16, Cineworld at The O24:00 PM
Sunday March 5Comic Relief – The Truth & Everything Except the Truth, Hosted by Richard Curtisindigo at The O24:00 PM
SundayMarch 5Elis James and John Robins LiveSuperscreen, Cineworld at The O27:00PM
SundayMarch 5Max and Ivan “The Wrestling” indigo at The O28:00PM

FESTIVAL VENUES INCLUDE: 

THE O2 ARENA

Located at the heart of the world’s most popular music, comedy, entertainment and leisure venue.

INDIGO AT THE O2

Sitting under the roof of an iconic London landmark, indigo at The O2 is a 1800 – 2800 capacity entertainment venue located at the front of The O2’s Entertainment District.

CINEWORLD AT THE O2

London’s biggest cinema.

O2 BLUEROOM

O2’s exclusive lounge for good vibes pre and post show.

FORTUNA SPIEGELTENT

Tented area located in The Quadrant just outside the main entrance of The O2. A stylish space for drinks and small plates.

FESTIVAL TICKET DETAILS:

Tickets go on sale this Thursday, November 24 at 10:00 AM GMT

All tickets and passes for JFL LONDON can be purchased at www.jfllondon.com

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