Fes­ti­val throws good money af­ter bad jokes

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

Mon­treal’s Just for Laughs fes­ti­val has come out in sup­port of a Que­bec co­me­dian who was or­dered to pay $35,000 in moral and puni­tive dam­ages to a young artist for jokes about his singing and his dis­fig­ure­ment. The fes­ti­val will present a bilin­gual show Saturday night to help raise money for Mike Ward’s le­gal fees. The Que­bec Hu­man Rights Tri­bunal ruled ear­lier this month that Ward made dis­crim­i­na­tory com­ments about Jeremy Gabriel’s hand­i­cap dur­ing his com­edy shows.

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