In the run-up to spiked’s free-speech comedy night at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, we spoke to Mike Ward – an acclaimed Canadian comic who, last month, was fined $42,000 for telling an offensive joke. What’s the future for stand-up in these offence-taking times? And how can comics fight back? Fellow comic Andrew Doyle sat down with Mike to discuss.
Mike Ward: ‘I was fined $42,000 for telling a joke’
Mike Ward talks comedy, censorship and why we can't let the offence-takers win.