Shaun Majumder takes on white supremacy to find the funny in hate

Shaun Majumder has been keeping busy since his time on This Hour Has 22 Minutes. For his new tour, he draws on his experiences coming up against racism, the alt-right and white supremacy in order to find the humour.
Guest host Laurie Brown with Shaun Majumder in the q studio in Toronto, Ont. (Vivian Rashotte/CBC)

There's a good chance Shaun Majumder has made you laugh at some point over the last two decades, either in person or on television. He spent 17 years lampooning the news on This Hour Has 22 Minutes, and while he took part in many sketches on the show, there are a few in particular that have stuck with him to this day.

In one, Majumder went to one of Donald Trump's campaign rallies in 2016 dressed in a bulletproof vest with the words "Corrupt Media" splashed across the back. He then interviewed Trump supporters about border security, media bias and Hillary Clinton.

As soon as that piece — and others like it — appeared online, Majumder started receiving a lot of attention from white supremacists who were sending him violent threats. Trolls were photoshopping his face into disturbing photos, but Majumder wasn't scared, he was fascinated by the bigotry. 

Now Majumder wants to have a frank and funny discussion about it all, and he's bringing that discussion to audiences all across Canada on what he's calling the Hate Tour. He'll be making stops across Ontario and Newfoundland starting next month and continuing until April.

Produced by ​Ben Jamieson

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