Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Guy Earle Trial Day 3: Noon Update
Comedian Marlo Franson. Watch him on YouTube
Marlo Franson testimony con't:
Ismail: What happened next?
Franson: Guy introduced the next comedian, and as he walked by table 3 - I saw it very clearly, as I was in eye contact with him the whole time - water splashed from [Pardy's] table. He didn't stop at their table. He walked by me, appearing wet and dumbfounded. There was no physical threat from Guy Earl, only the verbal exchange.
Ismail: Do you think that Guy Earle is homophobic?
Franson: I'd known him since late January  and hadn't seen anything that indicates that.
Ismail: What was the behavior of Pardy after?
Franson: They were not distressed, or scared for their lives. I approached the table and asked if they were OK and they seemed OK, maybe just a little shocked about the sunglasses.
Cousineau: Have you spoken to Mr. Ismail about your testimony today?
Cousineau: Have you heard anything about the witnesses that already testified?
Franson: No, other than something I read in the province, they quoted her.
Cousineau: Do you remember specifically if Guy Earle used the word "dyke" or "cunt"?
Franson: If you want an idea of the comments, there's a YouTube video, you're going to have to watch it.
Cousineau: But do you remember?
Franson: It's there, on the video. I remember watching it a few times thinking "yeah, that's exactly what he said." But I'm not here to confirm or deny what anyone said.
Geiger-Adams: Mr. Franson, as a witness you must tell the Tribunal what you remember, and if not, tell us so.
Cousineau: What do you remember?
Franson: [slightly raised voice] I remember it was something, but not what exactly, so I'm not going to deny or confirm what words he used. This is not a high priority thing for me. My mind is busy.
Cousineau: Were they yelling at the stage?
Franson: They and Guy Earle were engaged in a back-and-forth game of insults, with lots of profanity being used on both sides.
GA: How did the arrangement come about that you would perform that night?
Franson: Guy Earle had told me about the open-mic Tuesdays at the restaurant. After 4 weeks observing, I went onstage.
GA: And how do you do that, how exactly do you get on stage?
Franson: Arrive early and request to perform.
Ishmail: Were you compensated in any way for your performance?
Franson: No, there was no compensation either way.
Ismail: So it was an open mic night?"
Franson: Yes. Both amateurs and professionals performed.
Cousineau: And Guy Earle was the MC?
Franson: Yes, every Tuesday.
.....coming next: What Pardy wanted to do with a beer bottle.