QUEBEC CITY, August 2, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - Starting tomorrow, Mike Ward will be playing to audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe—the largest arts festival in the world—with his English‑language show "Freedom of speech isn't free," presented by ComediHa! The comedian will give a total of 29 performances between August 3 and 28 at the Gilded Balloon, one of the four main venues at this major annual affair. Edinburgh media have been quick to pick up on his appearance at the Fringe.
"Ward, who hosts The Nasty Show on HBO, is a skilled performer in English and in French and is big news in Canada and the U.S., where his last tour grossed $5 million."
- THE TIMES
"Canadian comic Mike Ward may be facing a hefty fine and a ban from performing at home for his 'edgy' style, but the unlikely new poster boy for free speech has no plans to shut up." - EDINBURG FESTIVALS MAG
Mike Ward's first appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe
Mike Ward's set deals with freedom of expression—a subject much debated on the comedian's native soil as of late. The recent wave of anti-Ward sentiment in the media has done nothing to erode the comedian's popularity. In Quebec and across North America, in French and English, Mike Ward is enjoying an undeniably successful career.
"When you perform in Edinburgh, you're standing alongside the world's best comedians. For someone like me who is passionate about stand-up comedy, it's a dream come true. I'm backed by ComediHa! and going there with a team that I respect and trust. I think it's a great partnership," said Ward.
The winner of this year's Olivier and a headliner at both Festival ComediHa! and Just For Laughs, Mike Ward has garnered much praise in recent weeks as the host of a critically acclaimed gala for Festival ComediHa 2016 and for his popular performances at Just For Laughs, which closed August 1.
ComediHa!'s first show on British soil
"ComediHa!'s first venture on British soil is an important part of our mission to 'Make people LAUGH.' We're proud to take center stage at a festival as big as the Fringe with a major artist like Mike Ward. It's a big show that will help us grow internationally, solidify our partnerships in the global comedy industry, and hopefully lead to a world tour," said Sylvain Parent-Bédard, founding president of ComediHa!
The Fringe: The largest arts festival in the world, with 50,500 performances
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world and exists to provide a world-class venue for artists of all kinds. The Fringe presents shows in a range of artistic disciplines, from comedy to theater to circus to dance. In 2015, festival audiences were invited to 3,314 shows, with some 50,500 performances in all. The Edinburgh Fringe takes place every August for three weeks in Edinburgh, Scotland's capital city.
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