Caught the final performance of Allah Made Me Funny , the Official Muslim Comedy Tour at Yuk's Downtown. What began as a refreshing and diverse comedy night - it's rare to see one Muslim, let alone five, on a mainstream comedy stage - turned into a display of bigotry. Host Enis Esmer and openers Rasul Somji , Sabrina Jalees and Azhar Usman hit their marks. Esmer, host of The Toronto Show, is as slick as ever, Jalees shows a bold new physicality in her work, and Chicago's Usman delivered the best joke of the night, about paranoia in an airplane.
But headliner Preacher Moss ended his set with several unfunny anti-gay comments - you couldn't call them jokes - that wrecked the night and made everyone's pleas for acceptance and seeing beyond stereotypes seem hypocritical.
Moss claimed homosexuals are "like Visa, everywhere I want to be," dismissed gay rights with an impression of a man cooing, "I have a dream, too!" in reaction to Martin Luther King's civil rights speech, and implied that gay men like the prostrate Muslim praying stance and wear the hijab.
Two steps forward, three back.