How sensitive will Canadian comedy audiences (or bookers) get?
Just when you thought it was safe to tell jokes in Canada… Wait. You thought it was safe to tell jokes in Canada? Don’t let the extravagance of Just For Laughs fool you. For all of the “ethnic” and “nasty” shows at JFL Montreal each July, there are comedy bookers... [Read More]
Quebec’s Human Rights Tribunal orders Mike Ward to pay $42,000 to family of singer he mocked
A human rights tribunal in Quebec has ordered comedian Mike Ward to pay $42,000 in "moral and punitive damages" to singer Jérémy Gabriel and Gabriel's mother, following a complaint made back in 2012 about jokes Ward had made regarding Gabriel. Ward announced the ruling Wednesday n... [Read More]
Comedian Mike Ward ordered to pay $42K for offensive jokes
In the on-going saga where comedian Mike Ward has been on trial in Canada for telling jokes, took quite a turn. Quebec’s Human Rights Tribunal has ruled that Ward must pay Jérémy Gabriel $35,000 for making jokes that “violated his rights.” The penalty? $25,000 for mor... [Read More]
Comedian Mike Ward ordered to pay $35K for offensive jokes
In the on-going saga where comedian Mike Ward has been on trial in Canada for telling jokes, took quite a turn. Quebec’s Human Rights Tribunal has ruled that Ward must pay Jérémy Gabriel $35,000 for making jokes that “violated his rights.” The penalty? $25,000 for mor... [Read More]
Mike Ward supported by comedy community, protesting censorship at Quebec award show
A few months back we reported that Canadian comedian Mike Ward has come under fire for telling an offensive joke putting him under review by the country’s human rights tribunal. A joke that made it to courts and reignited the freedom of speech debate. An update to the story shows that Ward is ... [Read More]
Mike Ward supported by comedy community, protesting censorship at Quebec award show
A few months back we reported that Canadian comedian Mike Ward has come under fire for telling an offensive joke putting him under review by the country’s human rights tribunal. A joke that made it to courts and reignited the freedom of speech debate. An update to the story shows that Ward is ... [Read More]
The Canadian Comedian on Trial Before a Human Rights Tribunal for a Mean Joke
Mike Ward was born in Quebec City in 1973, seven years prior to the first of two Quebec Referendums, a vote called by the separatist Parti Québécois in 1980 to secede the country’s second most populated province from Canada. The son of an Anglophone father, when Ward and his fami... [Read More]
The Canadian Comedian on Trial Before a Human Rights Tribunal for a Mean Joke
Mike Ward was born in Quebec City in 1973, seven years prior to the first of two Quebec Referendums, a vote called by the separatist Parti Québécois in 1980 to secede the country’s second most populated province from Canada. The son of an Anglophone father, when Ward and his fami... [Read More]
Artie Lange on Showtime’s The Nasty Show and finding serenity in his kitchen-based podcast
When was the last time Artie Lange was too nasty for his own good? As he told me in December on my podcast, The Comic’s Comic Presents Last Things First: “It was at my friend’s house. My friend’s brother had married a black girl, and I didn’t realize it. And I was ... [Read More]
Artie Lange on Showtime’s The Nasty Show and finding serenity in his kitchen-based podcast
When was the last time Artie Lange was too nasty for his own good? As he told me in December on my podcast, The Comic’s Comic Presents Last Things First: “It was at my friend’s house. My friend’s brother had married a black girl, and I didn’t realize it. And I was ... [Read More]