NEWS
05/16/2016 19:54 EDT | Updated 05/17/2017 01:12 EDT

French comedian Dieudonné finally gets his Montreal show

Controversial comedian Dieudonné, who was barred from entering the country last week, performed in Montreal on Monday night, only this time it was via the internet.   

A reception hall in St-Leonard sold roughly 600 tickets, at $50 each, to watch Dieudonné perform from France.

The Montreal audience greeted the start of the webcast with a standing ovation.

 

Dieudonné, the stage name of Dieudonné M'bala M'bala, was turned away by border agents at Montreal's Trudeau airport on Tuesday. He had arrived to perform a series of sold-out shows at a small art gallery.

The French-language comedian has run afoul of French authorities several times for his routines.

Most recently, he was found guilty last Tuesday of violating hate speech laws and was handed a €10,000 ($14,734) fine and a two-month suspended jail sentence, according to French media reports.

The conviction is related to a show where he dressed up like a detainee from Guantanamo Bay, mocked the Holocaust and suggested Jews were active in the slave trade.

Canada Border Services Agency wouldn't say why it refused to let Dieudonné enter the country. 

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre had previously said the comedian "wasn't welcome" in the city in light of his public denials of the Holocaust and frequent jokes about gas chambers and Jewish conspiracies.