Mike Ward (comedian)
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|Birth name||Michael John Ward|
September 14, 1973 |
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
|Medium||television, stand-up, radio, podcast & documentary|
|Notable works and roles||Chabot on L'Gros Show
Henri on CNM (Simon & Henri)
Ludger (cotton ouaté avec un loup) on Testostérone
Mike Ward has appeared on television doing stand-up in 20 countries; airing throughout Europe, Africa, Australia and North America. He is a frequent guest of the Anthony Cumia Show podcast.Anthony Cumia. "Anthony Cumia Show". compoundmedia.com (Podcast). Retrieved October 2, 2016.
Ward has been the subject of controversy. At Jean-Marc Parent's 2008 Just For Laughs French gala, he made a joke about Revenu Québec, in which he mentioned Cédrika Provencher, a young girl who had been abducted in 2007 in Quebec and whose remains were found in December 2015.
Ward also had a joke ridiculing Jérémy Gabriel, a disabled boy with Treacher Collins syndrome who was 12 years old when first ridiculed by Ward. Jérémy's parents filed a complaint with the Quebec human rights commission, and the commission brought the case in front of Quebec’s Human Rights Tribunal seeking $80,000 in damages from Ward. On July 20, he was ordered to pay $42000($35000 to Jérémy, $7000 to his mother). His attorney, Julius Grey intends to appeal the decision.
- 2016 - Comedic Artist of the Year - 17th annual Canadian Comedy Awards 
- 2016 - Olivier "Humoriste de l'année" (best comedian of the year) and "Capsule, chronique ou sketch humoristique web" (web series or sketch) at the French comedy awards 
- 2010 - DVD Platine for the show "Haissable" (Canadian Platinum DVD - 15,000 DVDs sold)
- 2006 - Gémeaux "Meilleure Interprétation: Humour" (Gemini Award - "Best actor in a french comedy series")
- 2006 - DVD Platine (Canadian Platinum DVD - 10,000 DVDs sold)
- 2005 - Olivier "Performance Scénique de l'Année" (Performer of the year" at the French comedy awards)
- 2005 - Billet Or (Quebec Gold Ticket - 50,000 tickets sold for his one-man-show)
- 2004 - Billet Argent (Quebec Silver Ticket - 25,000 tickets sold for his one-man-show)
- 2002 - Révélation Juste Pour Rire ("Discovery of the year" at the Montreal Comedy Festival)
- 2002 - Révélation Grand Rire Bleue ("Discovery of the year" at the Quebec Comedy Festival)
- "Mike Ward speaks our languages". The Gazette. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
- "The Canadian Comedian on Trial Before a Human Rights Tribunal for a Mean Joke". May 13, 2016.
- Patriquin, Martin (March 23, 2016). "Comedian Mike Ward's joke about a 12-year old has landed him in court and put a brand of very edgy comedy on trial". Maclean's. Archived from the original on March 24, 2016. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
He once used Cédrika Provencher, a nine-year-old whose disappearance in 2007 was heavily covered in the media, as the butt of a joke.
- "Mike Ward devra verser 35 000 $ à Jérémy Gabriel". Ici Radio-Canada. Montreal. 20 July 2016. Retrieved 2016-07-21. (French)
- Siouu, Marie-Michèle (21 July 2016). "Mike Ward condamné à une amende de 42 000 $". Le Devoir. Montreal. Retrieved 2016-07-21. (French)
- "Mike Ward, premier Québécois à gagner le prix Comedic Artist of the Year au Canadian Comedy Awards". Le Huffington Post.
- "Gala Les Olivier 2016: Mike Ward remporte l'Olivier de l'année". Le Huffington Post. May 13, 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
- "Mike Ward plus mordant que jamais!". Québec Hebdo. September 23, 2010. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
- "Liste des récipiendaires par catégories". Prix gémeaux. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
- (French) Official Site