After arriving to find his venue’s locks had been smashed, the owner of the Comedy Bar opted to pull the plug on a late-night “No Fascist” show last weekend.
Gary Rideout Jr., the Bloorcourt venue’s co-owner and artistic director, said he took action to protect the safety of his staff and patrons in the event that the show became an unsafe space used for fighting between opposing political groups.
Initially booked for Saturday night, the “No Fascist T.O. Comedy Show” was organized by local comic Danny Polishchuk — writer and actor in Filth City — and had plans to give the proceeds it raised to the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. The event was also promoted as a “free speech comedy show.”
On the day the event was supposed to happen, Rideout Jr. was made aware of a Facebook post which referred to this standup comedy show as “crypto-fascist,” and said his box-office line had received several callers voicing concerns that people involved in the show may have ties to extreme political groups.