Brace yourself… the most famous and influential comedy festival in the world lands in London this summer! 

Bringing a host of exceptional exclusive artists from around the globe along with their authentic comedy carnival atmosphere!

Russell Square will be transformed into the home of international comedy and variety for two weeks only.

The perfect way to spend long summer evenings, with outstanding entertainment bang in the heart of London.

Piff The Magic Dragon
Piff The Magic Dragon



13th JULY 2016


13TH JULY – 24TH JULY 2016

Just For Laughs London is a brand new festival experience, brought to you by the creators of the world’s most famous comedy festival Just For Laughs in Montreal; the largest multi-venue comedy event in the world, attracting the greatest names and crème de la crème of comedy talent.

The original festival is both a desirable launch pad (kick-starting the careers of Rowan Atkinson, Jim Carrey, Adam Sandler, Louis CK and so many more), and a place for the globe’s greatest joke slingers to flex their comedic muscles. With an eye firmly on the prize JFL are planning to take over the world with laughter and London is no exception; starting with Russell Square, destined to be the funniest place on the planet for 12 days in July.

The centre of Russell Square will be open daily as a free festival of street performers, magicians and art installations. The Paradiso Spiegeltent and the UK’s hottest new venue The Mix will play host to our festival hub ticketed shows and 900 capacity venue Logan Hall is just 2 minutes away, where our biggest names will be holding court.

JFL London is proud to announce Jim Jefferies as one of the amazing headliners. Jim is one of most sort after cult comedy tickets on the globe – with sell out arena shows over 4 continents.  Make sure you’re quick to get tickets as you can expect the ‘Bad Boy of Comedy’ to sell out within just hours of going on sale.

Jim is just one of many phenomenal comics making their way to JFL London. Bethnal Green’s very own Gina Yashere is still making waves over in New York & LA; America’s Got Talent ‘loser’ Piff The Magic Dragon, now a nightly resident of The Flamingo Casino Hotel in Las Vegas, will be wowing us with his comedy, magic and levitating Chihuahua. And whilst on the subject of magic we welcome the Champions of Magic, a HUGE illusion show that will blow your mind and probably a few of the venue’s light bulbs (NO SPOILERS).

Eddie The Eagle will only be performing in London this year at Just For Laughs festival on 22nd and 23rd July at The Mix, Russell Square. Eddie The Eagle Edwards is a unique British sporting hero. Expect a blizzard of hilarious anecdotes and a succession of soaring highs and bumpy landings: from worldwide fame to bankruptcy, through facial reconstruction and heartbreak, to being acclaimed as a National treasure and immortalised on the silver screen in a major feature film. His unique story of flying against-all-odds and turning failure into success shows what’s possible when you dare to follow your dream.

Eddie The Eagle
Eddie The Eagle

We’re very excited for a WORLD EXCLUSIVE from Whose Line Is It Anyway? star Colin Mochrie. The most intriguing and craziest show at the festival: HYPROV. A brand new concept morphing hypnosis and improv where the unconscious inhibitions of a chosen few audience members (and Colin himself) will create a different and guaranteed hysterical show every night. Not to be missed. Add to all this a juggernaut of the best comedians, cabaret shows and kids activities – a huge first year to celebrate and the chance to meet the festival’s pesky mascot Victor.

Throughout the 12 days you can also catch a brand new show from Milton Jones and see Marcus Brigstocke’s topical news show The Early Edition. 

Alongside the comedy there is a plethora of musical shows taking place in our surrounding venues, just a chassé away.Sing along to the purely brilliant and uplifting A Night at The Musicals starring Le Gâteaux Chocolat & Johnny Woo or sing even louder to another set of legends: The Brand New Heavies. If you’d prefer a ‘quiet night in’ you can dance all night at the ORIGINAL Silent Disco.  Whatever you do, do not miss The Church who are destined for great things, it’s written in the scriptures!

There’s even more… with the always hilarious and topical Andrew Maxwell, the simply sublime Sammy J and Randy and kids shows including Annabelle’s Skirting Board Adventure. So much to mention, so little time! With many more surprise guests and exclusive one off shows to be announced we hope this has whet your appetite.

The opening night Gala will be held at the Spiegeltent on Wednesday 13thJuly with proceeds from ticket sales donated to Great Ormond Street.

The line up includes; Miss Behave, Piff The Magic Dragon, Marcus Brigstocke, Andrew Maxwell, and more acts still to be announced

“With a smile and a laugh you can change the world”

Gilbert Rozon, CEO Just for Laughs


Logan Hall – 20 Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0AL

13-15                                    Jim Jefferies               2 shows each day

16                                         Gina Yashere              2 shows

17–24                                   Champions of Magic   

17                                         Milton Jones

18-22                                    Special JFL Guests TBA

23                                         The Brand New Heavies        

24                                         JFL London Closing Gala

Spiegeltent– Russell Square

13 JFL LONDON OPENING GALA (not to be published)

14-17, 20-21                         HYPROV

14-17                                    Special JFL Guests TBA

15                                         Funz & Gamez

16                                         Funz & Gamez II

22-23                                    Special JFL Guests TBA

23                                         Andrew Maxwell

23-24                                    Early Edition with Marcus Brigstocke

The Mix – Russell Square

14                                         Keith Farnan

20-24                                    Sammy J and Randy

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