Stand-up comedian Nish Kumar has been booed off stage, and even had a bread roll thrown at him, after making jokes about Brexit and politicians at a charity event.
The host of BBC Two’s The Mash Report was performing at the Lord’s Taverners annual charity cricket Christmas lunch in London but his jokes about Brexit did not go down well with the audience.
Kumar then made a joke about former House of Commons speaker John Bercow, who was in attendance.
He told the crowd at the Grosvenor House hotel: “I’m not going anywhere. Absolutely not. I’m full Bercowing it. Absolute Bercow. I know you want me to do it but I’m not gonna leave. Absolutely not. Absolutely not.”
A man absolutely died on stage 🤦🏼♂️ pic.twitter.com/WPCbpKEUHk— Jon Austin 🤔 (@JonCAustin) December 2, 2019
The comic is shown in video footage posted online refusing to leave the stage, whilst being booed by the audience.
Kumar was then joined by the host of the event who politely escorted him from the stage.
Guest Jon Austin, who posted the video on Twitter, told The Daily Telegraph: “It was the most embarrassing thing I’ve ever seen. It was Brexit straight away. He came on and he killed the audience. It took less than a minute.
“People were booing him. He had bread rolls thrown at him.
“He said ‘what you need here is far right comedians.’ ‘Far right’ - it was just deeply offensive. He started arguing with the audience. He alienated literally everyone, then dug into John Bercow, which he mispronounced as ‘cow’, then after being booed he refused to leave the stage till they stopped.”
Kumar responded on Twitter, writing: “In my defence, it was only one bread roll and it missed me.”
In my defence, it was only one bread roll and it missed me— Nish Kumar (@MrNishKumar) December 3, 2019
He also posted a video clip of Bob Dylan in 1966, mocking newspaper reports which claimed his latest concert inspired mass walkouts.
Lord’s Taverners is a charity which helps support young and disabled cricketers.