'Not acceptable': Glasgow comedian's Fringe gig AXED by venue bosses

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'Not acceptable': Glasgow comedian's Fringe gig AXED by venue bosses
'Not acceptable': Glasgow comedian's Fringe gig AXED by venue bosses

A GLASGOW comedian has had his Edinburgh Fringe gig axed by venue bosses.

Jerry Sadowitz, known for his controversial humour, was scheduled to perform for two nights at The Pleasance at Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

After his Friday gig went ahead, the comedian revealed on social media that Saturday's performance had been cancelled.

He tweeted: "Did a show last night, 75 mins, thought it went well.

"Didn't see any walkouts. Today I’m told my show's been cancelled.

"Great stuff. I'm truly sorry for everyone who travelled to see the show tonight."

 

Ahead of the show, the venue's listing carried the warning: "This show contains strong language and themes some may find distressing."

However, on Saturday the Pleasance Theatre Trust said the second performance was cancelled "with immediate effect", the BBC reports.

A statement read: "Opinions such as those displayed on stage by Sadowitz are not acceptable and The Pleasance are not prepared to be associated with such material."

It is understood that the decision came after complaints from some audience members who attended Friday night's performance.

The Pleasance director, Anthony Alderson, said: "The Pleasance is a venue that champions freedom of speech and we do not censor comedians' material.

"While we acknowledge that Jerry Sadowitz has often been controversial, the material presented at his first show is not acceptable and does not align with our values.

"This type of material has no place on the festival and the Pleasance will not be presenting his second and final show."