December 13 2023  |  Inflight Entertainment

Air Canada makes merry with Just For Laughs IFE

By Robynne Trueman

Trevor Noah has a Volume 1 and Volume 2 special as part of the new IFE series

Passengers travelling on Air Canada will be laughing all the way thanks to the airline’s collaboration with Just For Laughs. The partnership is bringing new comedic content onboard via Spafax Media, including 10 stand-up specials, which premiered on Air Canada’s IFE this month and will be available through July 2024.

“Stand-up comedy is the perfect accompaniment to flying with its power to directly engage, entertain and relax passengers through the power of laughter. Air Canada passengers are in for a real treat thanks to this offering,” said David Van Poppel, IFE Content Manager at Spafax. “Having partnered with both Air Canada and Just For Laughs for many years, we at Spafax continue to be impressed by the ingenuity of both parties and we applaud their respective dedication to providing quality creative entertainment to audiences around the world.”

The 10 specials were filmed at the infamous Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montréal and are hosted by some of the biggest names in comedy.

“You know those people on planes who laugh the entire flight thanks to whatever they’re watching onboard? This partnership makes it easier than ever to join in the fun,” said Norman Haughton, Director, IFEC Product and Analytics for Air Canada. “We’re tickled pink to be able to add a dose of laugh-out-loud fun to our in-flight entertainment with Just For Laughs, which celebrates the cultural fabric of Canada while bringing some of the funniest comedy for our passengers to enjoy on their next flight.”

“We are delighted to be bringing the best of Just For Laughs stand-up to Air Canada passengers. Many of today’s biggest stars were first discovered at our comedy festival in Montreal. This carefully curated selection of stand-up specials features over 50 leading comedy artists that have performed at our festival,” Marina Di Pancrazio, Just For Laughs' Chief Content Revenue Officer said of the news.

Just For Laughs has been providing Air Canada with stand-up comedy specials for their IFE program since 1995. Just For Laughs Gags has also been available to watch inflight on various Air Canada routes for the last 25 years.

The comedy specials now available onboard Air Canada include:

  • Ronny Chieng: On Guard with guests Julie Kim, Rachid Badouri, Alonzo Bodden, Jay Pharoah, and many more.
  • Chelsea Handler @ JFL with guests Adam Christie, Jay Jurden, Vanessa Gonzalez, Sam Jay, Salma Hindy, and Atsuko Okatsuka.
  • Jo Koy @ JFL with guests Paul Rabliauskas, Jimmy O. Yang, JR De Guzman, Asif Ali and more.
  • Ken Jeong: Best Medicine with guests Orny Adams, Jess Salomon, Matt Wright and more.
  • Tiffany Haddish: Top of the World a hysterical evening of stand-up comedy with guests Fortune Feimster, Gina Yashere, Ruben Paul, and more.
  • Trevor Noah @ JFL: Volume 1: The first of two specials, Volume 1 features Aisha Alfa, Baron Vaughn, Michelle Buteau, Jim Norton, Gina Brillon, and Anthony Atamanuik as President Donald J. Trump.
  • Trevor Noah @ JFL Volume 2: Volume 2 of this two-part series, Trevor Noah shares the stage with a host of comics including DeAnne Smith, Alonzo Bodden, Dulcé Sloan and more.
  • Just for Laughs: All Access, Season 4, Episode 2: This latest episode is hosted by Trevor Noah and features performances by Katherine Ryan, Mark Forward, Hasan Minhaj, and Neal Brennan.
  • Just For Laughs 25th Anniversary Edition JFL where Bill Burr, Andrew Grose and Kevin Hart get back to their roots at Just For Laughs for the festival’s 25th anniversary edition.
  • Just For Laughs featuring Kevin Hart: Step back in time to 2009 and watch Kevin Hart, Jim Gaffigan, Jon Dore, and more perform on the Just For Laughs stage.
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