Nish Kumar: Comedian ‘pelted with bread’ after making Brexit jokes at charity cricket lunch

The Mash Report host was escorted off stage to boos from the crowd

Adam White
Tuesday 03 December 2019 10:03
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Comedian Nish Kumar ‘pelted with bread’ after making Brexit jokes at charity cricket lunch

Comedian Nish Kumar was booed and pelted with bread at a charity lunch after making jokes about Brexit.

Kumar, who hosts the BBC comedy series The Mash Report, was appearing at the Lord’s Taverners annual charity cricket lunch when he faced jeers from the crowd. The comedian’s set was reportedly met with laughs until he made jokes about Brexit and former House of Commons speaker John Bercow, who was in attendance at the event.

Footage from the set posted on Twitter by attendee Jon Austin shows Kumar comparing himself to Bercow and refusing to leave the stage despite boos.

“I’m not going anywhere,” Kumar says. “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.”

Kumar is then joined on stage by the host of the event, who proceeds to escort him off.

“Can I shake your hand, sir?” he asks. “Ladies and gentlemen, Nish gave his time to come and support this charity today, and I think the very least we can do is say thank you for doing that.”

Austin, who filmed the incident and uploaded it to Twitter, captioned the video with the message: “A man absolutely died on stage.” Reports additionally claimed that one attendee threw a bread roll at Kumar.

On Twitter, Kumar laughed off the incident, tweeting: “In my defence, it was only one bread roll and it missed me.” He also posted a 1966 clip of Bob Dylan mocking newspaper reports claiming that his latest concert inspired mass walkouts.

The Independent has reached out to Lord’s Taverners for comment.

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