By Paul Ash
This post is different from any I’ve done, and very different from anything I expected to do. This is the obituary of a comedy show. I’m posting this, because there’s been a number of stories circulating, accusations being made, fingers pointed and I want people aware of how things have happened from my perspective.
On Friday March 8th I received a text from Pierre, the owner of Andrews Pub. Pierre bought the pub a year ago last November, long after the Kick Ash show started at Andrews Pub (the third venue for the Kick Ash show). The Kick Ash show has existed for approximately four years here in Montreal.
Pierre speaks European French, English isn’t his first language and since my French is fairly bad I’ve generally only dealt with him through intermediaries. He’s never come to see a show, so it comes as no surprise he doesn’t know me. That did not stop me from being shocked – felt like I was kicked in my gut to read:
Hi. its pierre. i canculed your show in my pub. Cause i hear a lot of bad thing about you. i cant keep you in my place.
I don’t claim to be a saint, but I try to live by a simple philosophy, treat others like you want to be treated. I try to figure out the motivations of people, especially those I don’t see eye to eye with. Hearing that there’s a “lot of bad things” being said about me, that I’m the type of person that the owner “can’t keep” in his establishment flabbergasted me. I can’t imagine what horrible things he’s heard about me that should see me banned from a bar, any bar.
During the time of Kick Ash, Andrews has been written of several times including in web reviews and the Montreal Gazette, all favorably. The Kick Ash Show (somewhat infamously) bore witness to a young man’s decision to not commit suicide – spawning the hashtag #KickAshSaves . Now I’m being told that with all the positivism that we brought to Andrews Pub, I’m unwelcome – that I’m some sort of moral leper that can taint the atmosphere of Andrews Pub. How would you react?
It’s not fair to say it was unexpected. There had been signs. Taking it back to last spring, a girlfriend of a one of the comics was coming around. She was enthusiastic about the show. She complained to me that she didn’t have a job, and one of our favourite bartenders had left Andrews, so introductions to the senior bartender (someone she knew from her time spent at the venue watching the Kick Ash Show) were made and she was quickly hired.
Things progressed normally, for awhile. Then there was a change. I later learned that the new bartender had broken up with her comedian boyfriend. A campaign of hate started. First it was just heckling (escalating to a vicious rant directed at Asaf Gerchak during one of his last Montreal performances before moving to Australia). I also received feedback from
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