North America’s top jokesters got comedy lovers chuckling this weekend at Toronto’s first annual Just For Laughs festival. Yonge-Dundas Square was comedy central during the festivities, playing host to stage acts and street performances, while Massey Hall featured gala appearances from the likes of Lewis Black, Howie Mandel and Craig Ferguson. The comedy took a break at the Hard Rock Cafe as headliners stopped by for fast food and hard drinks.




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Canadian comedy diva Nikki Payne.

Last Comic Standing season three winner Alonzo Bodden.

Howie Mandel on opening night.

Canadian comedy export Russell Peters.

Irascible commentator Lewis Black, a regular on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, rests his funny bones before the big night.

Kathleen Madigan, Last Comic Standing judge and the first female to hit the Just For Laughs gala stage.

The Ethnic Heroes Of Comedy, Sugar Sammy, left, and Frank Spadone strike a pose.