Michael McIntyre removes coronavirus jokes from Netflix special

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Michael McIntyre performs during a Prince’s Trust 'Invest In Futures' gala, with supporters and beneficiaries, in a central London hotel, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, pool)
Michael McIntyre recorded the show in March and made jokes about handwashing. (AP)

Michael McIntyre has admitted he has cut out jokes about coronavirus from his new Netflix stand-up show.

The 44-year-old comedian filmed the special in March and revealed he made the decision to remove jokes about handwashing and social distancing from the routine before it air, in light of the global pandemic.

McIntyre told Jessie Ware’s Table Manners podcast: “‘I did a joke about it [coronavirus].

“I introduced myself on stage when all the handwashing stuff was starting and I said, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, please put your hands together and wash them for 30 seconds as we welcome Michael McIntyre.’

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“I actually came on and said, ‘This could be the last time we get together in a crowd.’

Michael McIntyre performing on stage at the Royal Albert Hall in London for the Teenage Cancer Trust annual concert series. Picture date: Wednesday March 29th, 2017. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/ EMPICS Entertainment.
Michael McIntyre is known for his energetic stage presence. (PA)

“I said it as a joke! I should never have said that.”

Ware asked: “Does it stay in the Netflix special?”

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McIntyre admitted: “No, I took all that stuff out. There are a few more jokes in the Netflix special which I’m hoping are still funny but it’s worried me slightly. ‘I have jokes about face masks, but this was at a time no one in the world except people in Asia were wearing face masks.”

The stand-up comedian’s new show has just launched on Netflix.

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McIntyre is also set to host a brand new prime-time game show on BBC One called The Wheel, it was recently announced.