Stand-ups play it Just for Laughs


Musical comedy wunderkind Bo Burnham, as well as stand-ups Sean Patton, Brendon Walsh, Tyler Hawkins and Phil Hanley, were among the acts creating buzz here at the 26th annual Just for Laughs comedy festival Wednesday night and Thursday.

One-man shows by Danny Hoch and Brendon Burns were also among the hot tickets in town and earned strong reviews from industry attendees.

Burnham, 17, was part of the musical comedy show Amp'd, with many TV and film executives, agents and managers in attendance.

Burnham scored with songs about love and sexuality. Several networks are considering Burnham for development opportunities. His recently released Comedy Central record is the No. 1 comedy album on iTunes.

Fellow online favorite Jon Lajoie — with his rap about being an average guy and other songs — earned a strong ovation from the audience at the music comedy show as well.

The first of two "New Faces" showcases Wednesday night drew big crowds of industry folks and fans alike.

Patton was one of the up-and-coming standups on the show that industry watchers mentioned for his offbeat and edgy set about such things as picking fights and broken hearts.

In other JFL standup highlights, Hawkins won the annual "Homegrown" competition of Canadian standups, judged by an industry jury, with Hanley clinching the runner-up spot. (partialdiff)