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Friday, June 27, 2008

News: Offensive Remarks Land Comedian Human Rights Complaint

Comedian Guy Earle admits he made some offensive comments after losing his cool. Comedian Guy Earle admits he made some offensive comments after losing his cool. (CBC)

A standup comic at the centre of a B.C. Human Rights Tribunal complaint says he's no bigot, after two audience members complained he unleashed a tirade of homophobic and sexist insults at them.

Lorna Pardy filed a complaint alleging she and her lesbian partner were the targets the offensive comments made by Guy Earle, who was hosting the open mic night at Zesty's Restaurant on Commercial Drive in May 2007.

Earle doesn't deny he was offensive, but claims Pardy and her same-sex partner first rudely heckled him, along with the amateur comics onstage that night.

He told CBC News Wednesday that he lost his cool and shot back with some deliberately offensive lines of his own to shut them up.

Read the full story here>>>

Watch Guy Earle talk about the incident on YouTube here>>>

Ed.: Rumor has it that this case is the reason for Zesty's new incarnation as Zawa, which also seemed to be an opportunity to hike up menu prices as well.

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