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Marc Cassivi June 7, 2012
PHOTO: François Massicotte, Guy Nantel, André Sauvé, Daniel Lemire, Mario Jean, Guillaume Wagner and Laurent Paquin are among the comedians who will take part in the protest show against the special law (78), June 18.
No, these are not marginal far-left artists joining up to sing the Internationale. These are main-act humorists. Popular artists, whose voices carry, who have formed the Coalition of Indignant Humorists (CHI) in the aftermath of the passing of the special law (78), at the initiative of the author Daniel Thibault (Mirador).
June 18, Martin Petit, André Sauvé, Mario Jean, Daniel Lemire, Jean-François Mercier, Laurent Paquin, Guy Nantel, Mike Ward, François Massicotte, Emmanuel Bilodeau, Maxim Martin, Claudine Mercier and Guillaume Wagner will stand together on the stage of Théâtre St-Denis, thanks to the competition of producers Luce and Lucie Rozon, in order to denounce the Charest government’s special law and raise funds to support student associations.
What was originally meant to be a politically-flavoured show, planned in the fall to take the place of Parlementaires, has become a militant event, which will only be shown once, in less than two weeks, outside of the Just for Laughs Festival.
“People often complain that humorists don’t get their hands dirty. They’re going to get their hands dirty,” says Daniel Thibault, director of this indignation-themed gala, who says Laurent Paquin convinced him it was urgent to put the show on as soon as possible.
“With Law 78, we didn’t put the cover on the pot, we put the heat on high,” declared Daniel Thibault yesterday at a press conference, “And because the fire was red, people pulled out their pots and pans. I remind you that Amir Khadir was arrested but Tony Tomassi is still on the run….”