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Tommy Tiernan Peforming at Just For Laughs Festival

After being let go from the festival last year due to anti-Semitic comments, the comedian will be performing in Toronto from July 6-11.

By: Ilan Mester

Published: May 18th, 2010 in Culture » Stage » News

Tommy Tiernan Peforming at Just For Laughs Festival

Last fall, Irish comedian Tommy Tiernan was let go from the Just For Laughs Canadian tour after allegedly making public anti-Semitic comments. This summer, Tiernan will be getting his own show at the Toronto Just For Laughs Festival.

The trouble started last September at the Electric Picnic music festival in Ireland. Tiernan was asked if he’d ever been accused of anti-Semitism.

“I certainly have, yeah,” he reportedly responded. “In America ... I used to do this joke about ... the Jews say they never killed Jesus, and the joke was, ‘Well, it wasn’t the f---ing Mexicans.’ Yeah, Jewish people came up to me afterwards.”

The comic prefaced his rant by saying that what happens on a comedy stage is "about allowing whatever lunacy is inside you to come out in a special protected environment where people know that nothing they say is being taken seriously."

Tiernan reportedly went on: “But these Jews, these f---ing Jews c---s come up to me. F---ing Christ-killing bastards. F---ing six million? I would have got 10 or 12 million out of that. No f---ing problem! F--- them. Two at a time, they would have gone. Hold hands, get in there. Leave us your teeth and your glasses.”

At the time, the comedian maintained that his comments should not have been taken seriously. According to Canoe.ca, Bruce Hills, JFL chief operating officer, is setting up a meeting between the Canadian Jewish Congress and the comedian.

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