The joke goes: “The women in Montreal are so beautiful. Where do you send all the ugly women? To Toronto?”
In the Hot Docs smash movie Let’s All Hate Toronto, Brampton comedian Russell Peters tells the joke as evidence towards the animosity Canadians have for Toronto. Rob Spence and Albert Nerenberg, the directors of Let’s All Hate Toronto were offended as well. They brought forth a petition to the Just for Laughs comedy festival to scrap the recurring joke, which is often told by American comedians to win over the Montreal crowd. Lo and behold, Just For Laughs agreed, and will be retiring the joke at the 25th annual Just For laughs festival this summer.
Let’s All Hate Toronto will be a part of Comedia, the Just For Laughs film festival, this summer in Montreal. At the screening on July 14th there will be a ceremony to retire the joke.
“Just for Laughs is built on fresh, engaging and often cutting edge humour, and the joke is neither accurate or cutting edge,” says Just for Laughs Comedia Producer, Paul Ronca. Of course, the festival doesn’t censor comedians, but will discourage comedians from using the joke.
If you missed out on your chance to see the movie, you weren’t alone. Lineups stretched around the block and even scalpers were offering movie tickets at jacked up prices outside the Bloor in April.
But don’t you fear, because Let’s All Hate Toronto will be screening at the Bloor Cinema in Toronto starting tonight, Thursday June 28 until July 3.
You already know we here at Torontoist love the movie, now see it for yourself. If you go to tonight’s screening, the ever so handsome Mr. Toronto will be in attendance for a Q&A alongside his co-director Albert Nerenberg.
Rumour has it, if you go dressed as a zombie, you’ll get free popcorn, too.
Photo by Nadine Spizzirri-Phillips from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.