Mike Ward (comedian)

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Mike Ward
Mike Ward
Ward in September 2016
Birth name Michael John Ward
Born (1973-09-14) September 14, 1973 (age 44)
Quebec City, Quebec
Medium television, stand-up, radio, podcast & documentary
Nationality Canadian
Genres Black humor
Notable works and roles Chabot on L'Gros Show
Henri on CNM (Simon & Henri)
Ludger (cotton ouaté avec un loup) on Testostérone
Website http://www.mikeward.ca

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


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]


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[3] Cédrika Provencher, a young girl who had been abducted in 2007[4] 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.[5][6]


  • 2016 - Comedic Artist of the Year - 17th annual Canadian Comedy Awards [7]
  • 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 [8]
  • 2010 - DVD Platine for the show "Haissable" (Canadian Platinum DVD - 15,000 DVDs sold)[9]
  • 2006 - Gémeaux "Meilleure Interprétation: Humour" (Gemini Award - "Best actor in a french comedy series")[10]
  • 2006 - DVD Platine (Canadian Platinum DVD - 10,000 DVDs sold)[citation needed]
  • 2005 - Olivier "Performance Scénique de l'Année" (Performer of the year" at the French comedy awards)[citation needed]
  • 2005 - Billet Or (Quebec Gold Ticket - 50,000 tickets sold for his one-man-show)[citation needed]
  • 2004 - Billet Argent (Quebec Silver Ticket - 25,000 tickets sold for his one-man-show)[citation needed]
  • 2002 - Révélation Juste Pour Rire ("Discovery of the year" at the Montreal Comedy Festival)[citation needed]
  • 2002 - Révélation Grand Rire Bleue ("Discovery of the year" at the Quebec Comedy Festival)[citation needed]


  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. ^ "The Canadian Comedian on Trial Before a Human Rights Tribunal for a Mean Joke". May 13, 2016. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ "Mike Ward devra verser 35 000 $ à Jérémy Gabriel". Ici Radio-Canada. Montreal. 20 July 2016. Retrieved 2016-07-21.  (in French)
  6. ^ Siouu, Marie-Michèle (21 July 2016). "Mike Ward condamné à une amende de 42 000 $". Le Devoir. Montreal. Retrieved 2016-07-21.  (in French)
  7. ^ "Mike Ward, premier Québécois à gagner le prix Comedic Artist of the Year au Canadian Comedy Awards". Le Huffington Post. 
  8. ^ "Gala Les Olivier 2016: Mike Ward remporte l'Olivier de l'année". Le Huffington Post. May 13, 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2016. 
  9. ^ "Mike Ward plus mordant que jamais!". Québec Hebdo. September 23, 2010. Retrieved 18 July 2016. 
  10. ^ "Liste des récipiendaires par catégories". Prix gémeaux. Retrieved 18 July 2016. 

External links

  • (in French) Official Site
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