Immigrants are funny

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Montreal Anglo stand-up comic Sugar Sammy was on the radio last week promoting le Show Raisonable, a comedy event showcassing funny guys from Québec’s minority communities.

Sugar tried out one of his jokes on the air. “You know, there’s two types of Québécois, there’s the 50% that are educated, cultivated people, then there’s the 50% that voted Yes in the referendum.”


If I had had the opportunity to go onstage after him, this would have been my comeback: “You know, there’s two types on anglophones in Québec. There’s the educated and cultivated anglophones, those with an open mind, a passion for ideas and a love of democracy. Then there’s the 99, 9% of those who voted No in the referendum.”

Sugar described himself as an anglophone although as the son of immigrants from outside Canada he is one of the so-called Children of bill 101 ‘forced’ to go to french school. If they had had the choice his parents would have sent him to english school, he said.

I can only admire Sugar’s participation in a french-language show. Allthough Montreal is filled with many perfectly billingual people like him, we almost never see artists, and even less comedians, with the talent or balls to cross over to the other solitude. More power to him.

I happen to find comedy based on truths funnier than jokes based on prejudice. Sugar might be interested to know that support for Québec independence rises with scholarity and that the first PQ cabinet had more PhD’s than any other cabinet in Canadian history.

I suppose you have to excuse Sugar for not knowing that, after all, he didn’t have the smartest parents. They wanted to raise their son in English and chose to live in the Only city in North America that was not English-Speaking.

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  1. Due you’re totally being ignorant. What the guy was saying was in the context of a comedy show. Take it ewasuy and have some toutiere with your anger……by the way you’re being super racist.

    Steve Tamer

    October 7, 2007 at 2:52 am

  2. Ya and it’s pretty low even for you to attack the guy’s parents. That just makes YOU look stupid.


    October 7, 2007 at 2:56 am

  3. Wow Steve Tamer,

    your fact-filled comment devoid of any ethnic stereotyping has really showed me!


    October 16, 2007 at 1:07 am

  4. I guess Steve and Anonymous are part of the 99.9%. Why on earth would a smart, open-minded and respectful anglophone post in places that have clearly beliefs that are contrary to theirs?

    If you have something against French, Quebec-bashing sites are aplenty!


    December 9, 2008 at 4:58 am

  5. Maybe you don’t understand anglophone political culture very well because Sammy’s joke was just that, a joke. It’s an insult yes. But racist? tabarnak de crisse.

    I’m sure you didn’t laugh when all those “Jesusland” maps came out after the 2004 election, because it was “racist” to American southerners and such. So I guess the anglophone response that you and “Angry French Girl” want when you say; “there’s the 99, 9% of those who voted No in the referendum” is that your being racist. I’ll pretend your being racist as well. Yet if I did that I’d be a humourless dork like you.

    Don’t get me wrong, I rarely agree with you, and find that your posts have a generally angry slant to them. But at least they’re usually entertaining in a sarcastic hardcore sovereigntist sort of way. Though, to be fair, this is one of your older posts and despite your english being nearly perfect it isn’t your first language.

    Davey Anglophone

    July 25, 2009 at 3:01 am

  6. “You know, there’s two types of Immigrants, there’s the 50% that are educated, cultivated people, then there’s the 50% that voted NO in the referendum.”

    Is that even funny ?

    Marc Pageau

    May 14, 2013 at 8:07 pm

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