Jeff Singer books Montreal. “We acknowledge those who came forward this past weekend and shared their experiences. “I asked a question and repeated back a phrase that someone said and it was completely wrong to do that. I sincerely apologized privately to the ones directly affected. Update, June 7, 10:43 a.m.: Just for Laughs has released a statement confirming Singer’s resignation.— Mehran Khaghani (@MehranX) June 5, 2021

A comedian posted his story of homophobic treatment from Jeff Singer talent booker for the @justforlaughs Montréal festival. We do not tolerate abusive, inappropriate or vexatious behaviors. Nevertheless it was 100% wrong and I should have known better immediately.”

“Clearly it was insensitive and I deeply regret it,” he continued. There was no malice when I said it. I apologize to anyone else I offended that night from my thoughtless words. “To that end, I submitted my resignation to Just For Laughs over the weekend. Just for Laughs has not released a statement on Singer’s resignation. “People tried to stop and educate him and he just doubled and tripled down.” Khaghani also alleged that at a JFL audition years earlier, Singer dismissed his comedy, telling him, “I’ve seen gay before.” The comic continued, “This guy has, for the full span of my own career in comedy, gate kept a major showcase for talent in my industry. Anyone working with Just for Laughs must treat fellow artists, industry, employees and audiences with equality, respect and dignity.”


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Tags: He's been a dick to too many comics I've known and if people in power are getting in trouble for being dickheads about social issues and casually dropping n-bombs, sweep this man out to sea. “He said he was just repeating, verbatim, the language of a poc he was talking to,” Khaghani said in the post on both Facebook and Twitter. I am imperfect and will take away everything I can from this to do better.” Singer did not address the allegations of sexism and homophobia in his statement. I'm not typing this shit out twice. If you’re a comic who’s been mistreated by Jeff add it to this thread or…— JEN KIRKMAN (@JenKirkman) June 5, 2021

Another female comedian who Jeff Singer – talent scout for the @justforlaughs festival did this to— JEN KIRKMAN (@JenKirkman) June 6, 2021

As first reported by the Comic’s Comic, Singer took to Facebook on June 6 to apologize for the incident in which he repeatedly used a racial slur, and to announce that he has resigned from Just for Laughs. JFL has a commitment to listen and provide a safe and respectful workplace,” the statement reads. He doesn’t see gays or women or POCs or any combination thereof in a progressive or even-handed way.”

Following Khaghani’s post, other comedians began to chime in about their own experiences with Singer over the years, and comedian Jen Kirkman tweeted a thread of anonymous claims of sexism against the booker. Photo: Inside Jokes/Amazon

Jeff Singer, the influential talent booker behind Just for Laughs’ New Faces showcase, resigned from the Montreal-based comedy festival this weekend after an incident in which he repeatedly used the N-word in front of auditioning comics. “He’s been at it for decades & accusations of his sexism/homophobia/racism are many,” she wrote. On June 4, comedian Mehran Khaghani posted to social media about Singer recently using the N-word at a club show. “I was at a comedy club having a conversation with some people and I made a huge error in judgment,” he wrote. He’s been at it decades & accusations of his sexism/homophobia/racism are many. “To that end, Just for Laughs has a strict code of conduct policy. I have learned from this experience and will make sure it never happens again.