Mike Ward (comedian)

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Mike Ward
Mike Ward.jpg
Ward in September 2016
Birth nameMichael John Ward
Born (1973-09-14) September 14, 1973 (age 47)
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Mediumtelevision, stand-up, radio, podcast & documentary
NationalityCanadian
GenresBlack comedy
Notable works and rolesChabot on L'Gros Show
Henri on CNM (Simon & Henri)
Ludger (cotton ouaté avec un loup) on Testostérone
Websitehttp://www.mikeward.ca

Michael John Ward (born September 14, 1973) is a Canadian comedian.[1] He performs comedy in both French and English.

Career[edit]

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.[2] Mike hosts two podcasts : 2 Drink Minimum with comedian Pantelis on Compound Media[3] and Mike Ward sous écoute.[4]

Controversies[edit]

Ward in May 2014

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[5] Cédrika Provencher, a young girl who had been abducted in 2007[6] in Quebec and whose remains were found in December 2015.

Mocking of Jérémy Gabriel[edit]

Between 2010 and 2013, Ward performed a comedy routine about Jérémy Gabriel, a young disabled singer with Treacher Collins syndrome. Ward mocked Gabriel's appearance, his illness and his abilities as a singer and joked about trying to kill him by drowning him. Gabriel was repeatedly bullied at school and became suicidal.[7]

Gabriel'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, 2016, he was ordered to pay $42,000 ($35,000 to Jérémy, $7,000 to his mother). Ward's lawyer, Julius Grey, appealed the decision,[8][9] and the decision was upheld by appellate court judges on November 28, 2019, but dropped the fee initially ordered to be paid to the mother.[10]

In February 2021, Ward appealed the fine to the Supreme Court of Canada.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

  • 2002: Testostérone
  • 2004: Le Mike Ward Show
  • 2005-2006: L'Gros Show
  • 2015: Nasty Show
  • 2016: Mike Ward Show

DVDs and Digital Release[edit]

  • 2004: Les meilleurs moments.Testostérone. Spécial Mike Ward
  • 2006: L'Gros show 1
  • 2009: Haïssable
  • 2013: Mike Ward s'eXpose
  • 2018: Mike Ward au Bordel
  • 2018: Infamous

Albums[edit]

  • 2001: Vulgaire
  • 2016: Pedophile Jokes & Death Threats
  • 2018: Infamous

Radio and Podcasts[edit]

  • 1996: Les grandes gueules
  • 2001- 2002: Midi Mecs comiques
  • 2004 - 2005: Les grandes gueules
  • 2015-: Mike Ward sous écoute
  • 2018: 2 Drink Minimum[12]

Film[edit]

Awards[edit]

  • 2002 Nez d’or: Découverte (Quebec City Comedy Festival Award for Best Newcomer)
  • 2002 Victor: Révélation (Just For Laughs Award for Breakout Star of the Festival
  • 2005 Olivier: Meilleure performance scénique (Best Comedy Performance)
  • 2006 Gémeaux: Meilleure performance humour (Gemini Award for Best Comedy Performance)[14]
  • 2012 Victor: Numéro de l’année (Just For Laughs Award for Best Set of the Fest)”
  • 2015 Antoine: Humanitarian Award
  • 2016 Olivier: Série web (Best Web Series)[15]
  • 2016 Olivier: Olivier de l’année (Comedian of the Year)[16]
  • 2016 Canadian Comedy Award: Comedic Artist of the Year[17]
  • 2017 Olivier: Meilleur podcast (Best Podcast)
  • 2018 Olivier: Meilleur podcast (Best Podcast)
  • 2019 Olivier: Olivier de l’année (Comedian of the Year)
  • 2019 Olivier: Spectacle de l’année (Best Show of the Year)
  • 2019 Olivier: Auteur de l’année - Spectacle (Best Writing - Stage Show)
  • 2019 Olivier: Meilleur podcast (Best Podcast)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mike Ward speaks our languages". The Gazette. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  2. ^ Anthony Cumia. "Anthony Cumia Show". compoundmedia.com (Podcast). Retrieved October 2, 2016.
  3. ^ "Mike Ward". Archived from the original on August 2, 2018. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  4. ^ "Mike Ward, le roi du podcast au Québec". December 3, 2018.
  5. ^ "The Canadian Comedian on Trial Before a Human Rights Tribunal for a Mean Joke". May 13, 2016.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "Mike Ward vs. Jérémy Gabriel: Supreme Court hears case this week on limits of comedy". Montreal Gazette. Montreal. 15 February 2021. Retrieved 2021-02-15.
  8. ^ "Mike Ward devra verser 35 000 $ à Jérémy Gabriel". Ici Radio-Canada (in French). Montreal. 20 July 2016. Retrieved 2016-07-21.
  9. ^ Sioui, Marie-Michèle (21 July 2016). "Mike Ward condamné à une amende de 42 000 $". Le Devoir (in French). Montreal. Retrieved 2016-07-21.
  10. ^ "Comedian Mike Ward must pay Jeremy Gabriel for discriminatory joke, appeals court rules". montreal.ctvnews.ca. November 28, 2019.
  11. ^ "Quebec comedian Mike Ward heads to the Supreme Court after making singer with disability butt of joke". montreal.ctvnews.ca. February 15, 2021.
  12. ^ Brownstein, Bill "Brownstein at Just for Laughs: Is political correctness killing comedy?",Montreal Gazette, 27 July 2018, Retrieved 29 July 2018
  13. ^ "In Review: The Comedian's Guide to Survival". August 27, 2016.
  14. ^ "Liste des récipiendaires par catégories". Prix gémeaux. Archived from the original on 22 June 2016. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  15. ^ "Gala Les Olivier 2016: Mike Ward remporte l'Olivier de l'année". Le Huffington Post. May 13, 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
  16. ^ "Gala Les Olivier 2016: Mike Ward remporte l'Olivier de l'année". Le Huffington Post. May 13, 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
  17. ^ "Mike Ward, premier Québécois à gagner le prix Comedic Artist of the Year au Canadian Comedy Awards". Le Huffington Post.

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