Nish Kumar met with boos and bread rolls for Brexit joke

Kumar was drowned out by booing and had food hurled at him - BBC

BBC comedian Nish Kumar was met with boos and bread rolls after making Brexit jokes at a charity cricket  lunch.

The presenter of topical satire programme The Mash Report claimed that his angered audience needed “far-right” comedians instead of him at the fundraiser for disability sports.

According to an eyewitness at the Lord’s Taverners Christmas lunch, which raises money for cricketing charities, Kumar was drowned out by booing and had food hurled at him.

He reportedly had made a joke about Brexit which incensed the crowd, proceeded to argue with the audience, then claimed to be like former Commons Speaker John Bercow in his obstinate refusal to leave the stage.

“It was the most embarrassing thing I’ve ever seen,” said Jon Austin, who attended the dinner at the Grosvenor House in London yesterday to help raise money for young and disabled cricketers.

“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.”

Kumar was filmed on stage facing a wall of noise at the lunch, where diners objected to his politicised act.

The comedian was filmed refusing to leave the stage despite anger of the crowd, saying: “I’m not going anywhere.  Absolute Bercow 

“I know you want me to leave but I’m not going to do it.  Absolutely not.”

Nish Kumar on The Mash Report Credit: Nick Millward/ BBC Pictures

Mr Austin told The Telegraph it “wasn't the place” for politics and the comedy act was “cringeworthy”, as well as insulting.

“He said ‘what you need here is far right comedians’,” added Mr Austin.  “‘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 was eventually approached by an organiser at the event, who urged the crowd to be gentler with the comedian who “gave his time to come and support the charity”

Representatives of the BBC comic have been asked for comment on his performance.