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.

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.

Pop Goes The News — Carrie Fisher, Sarah Silverman and stand-up veteran George Wallace have been added to the line-up of this summer’s Just For Laughs festival in Montreal.

Also announced on Wednesday morning were appearances by Community creator Dan Harmon and comic Finesse Mitchell as well as new shows by Iliza Schlesinger, Louie Anderson, and Brad Williams.

Pop Goes The News — Jay Pharoah will have a chance to do his Drake impression in the rapper’s home country this summer.

The Saturday Night Live cast member is scheduled to host JFL All Access Live on July 27 (two shows) as part of the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal.

Pop Goes The News — Canadian comedian Mike Ward didn’t shy away Monday night from joking about a disabled teenager who’s seeking compensation for being the butt of his jokes.

Opening for Tom Green at the Salle André-Mathieu in Laval, Ward wasted little time addressing the controversy.