In the news: Canadian satire

Rebecca Addelman of Walrus Magazine writes about the difference in US and Canadian satire shows, shaped by the difference in libel laws in the two countries (the article is from May but I don’t think it’s been available free online before):

  • The Last Laugh
    “Our law presumes that the defendant’s words are false and that the plaintiff has been damaged by the accusations. Unfortunately, “I was just joking” is not a defence. As a result, the Canadian system leaves joke writers wide open to litigation.”