Pop Goes The News — As comedians from all over the world descend on Montreal for the Just For Laughs festival, the Quebec Human Rights Tribunal has ordered stand-up comic Mike Ward to pay $42,000 for jokes he made about a disabled boy.

The ruling is sending a chill through the comedy community and outraging advocates of freedom of expression.

UPDATE (7/21): Measha Brueggergosman has deleted her GoFundMe page and the links to it she shared on Twitter and Facebook. No explanation was given.

Pop Goes The News — Canadian opera singer Measha Brueggergosman is lashing out at the person who stole her property — and appealing to her fans for help.

The 39-year-old soprano was the victim of a break-and-enter on Monday night and now wants the public to help her “avoid an unjustifiable expense.”

Pop Goes The News — Ralphie May is a survivor — both in the world of stand-up comedy, where he’s been performing for more than 25 years, and in life.

Five years ago, the corpulent comedian was struck with double pneumonia and a pulmonary embolism. The near-death experience came a little more than two decades after a car accident that put him in a coma with 42 broken bones.

Pop Goes The News — A Canadian act has been eliminated from America’s Got Talent.

On the episode that aired Tuesday night, acrobats Philippe Bélanger and Marie-Lee Guilbert dazzled the judges but failed to earn a spot on one of the live shows.

Pop Goes The News — A sense of humour goes a long way in Montreal, where people live with crumbling infrastructure, a struggling economy, and a landscape dominated by orange construction signs and barricades.

Once a year, things get a lot funnier in the city thanks to Just For Laughs (JFL). Founded in 1983, the comedy festival attracts top-tier talent from around the world. It’s more than live performances at venues throughout the city — it’s a street party that takes over the city’s Quartier des Spectacles.

Pop Goes The News — If you’re one of the hundreds of fans going to see Alan Carr perform at Montréal’s Just For Laughs festival this month, you may want to leave your mobile device in your pocket.

The 40-year-old British comedian and TV host wants his audience to live every moment of his hilarious show, Yap Yap Yap.