For a rare time, Mike Ward admitted regretting his bad jokes at Jeremy Gabriel’s expense.
In an interview Tuesday with Mélanie Meynard on the show Sweety saltyThe comedian admitted that he would now think twice before making fun of a disabled person or a member of a minority group.
“He gave me so much trouble. He ruined my life,” he said during this interview, during which he also spoke about his podcast Under Listen and his amazing show with a full house at the Peel Center.
Since the legal saga with Jeremy Gabriel, Mike Ward has decided to follow the advice of his friend, humorist Eddie King and will now take the time to crack his jokes in front of an audience made up of targeted people. One evening, Eddie King asked if a white man, in his opinion, could tell jokes to black people. Eddie King replied yes, but only if he made his jokes in front of an audience made up solely of members of the black communities. “If the joke reaches this audience, that’s fine. If not, you’ve forgotten it,” Eddie King would have told him.
Mike Ward took that advice. “If I had a gay number, I’d go to a gay bar, I’d test it, look. How are you and I’m comfortable? If it doesn’t work, what do I need to do to get it through, what do I need to do to be comfortable?” he explained.
Unfortunately for him, he hadn’t made that move yet when he made a joke on Jeremy Gabriel’s back.
“Then, do you see the joke, I’m sorry… At that time, that’s it, if I had that mentality, I wouldn’t have done it because it’s not a joke I would have done in front of him”, concluded Mike Ward.
Melanie Maynard asked, “Did you find a room full of little Jeremy?”
“I was going to have to clone her, and then test my gag in front of a lot of clones,” laughed Mike Ward to conclude the interview.
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