Popular Canadian comedian and voice-over artist Ben Bankas has been cancelled just 24 hours before an appearance at a comedy club in Toronto over the content of his stand-up material.
Bankas, who has appeared on popular podcasts such as 'Kill Tony' starring Tony Hinchcliffe, was informed via email by the General Manager of Paradise Theatre that his show would not proceed as expected because his content goes against the "policies and guidelines" of the venue.
The cancellation email reads as follows:
"The content of your material does not align with the policies and guidelines of Paradise Theatre and we cannot proceed with your performance. I am confident that [we] can find a solution to booking you elsewhere."
"Out of nowhere the venue cancelled, 24 hours before the show," Bankas told Rebel News.
"The lady in charge of the decision said she didn’t like my material when I opened for another comic, Joe List, but never told me. She could have made the decision weeks ago but decided to do it the day before to make it as hard as possible to regroup," the comedian explained.
Bankas' stand-up material contains pandemic-related jokes and routinely mocks political figures of all sides, such as Canadian federal party leaders Pierre Poilievre, Jagmeet Singh and of course the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
The now-defunct promotion for the appearance can still be viewed online; however the show has been since moved to the Royal Comedy Theatre in Toronto.