Popular comedian Nish Kumar has been embroiled in controversy after getting booed off stage for a political take during his light-hearted set.
He was performing at the Lord’s Taverners annual charity event earlier this week, honouring years-long tradition of giving special guest comedians the stage to perform a set.
But Kumar’s jokes, which were centred on the topic of Brexit, were not received too well by the crowd, since the comic had been booed off stage.
Speaking to The Guardian on his choice of a controversial topic, Kumar said, “I did think it would be nice to come here and talk to some people who had a different political outlook to me, and I thought it’d be interesting for me to share my perspective – but clearly that’s not been the case.”
Radio presenter Greg James also had some words to share on the incident through his Twitter handle, voicing the following: “Because I’m seeing some inaccurate press reports, I’d just like to say that the treatment of @MrNishKumar by some members of the crowd at the @LordsTaverners fundraising Christmas lunch yesterday was appalling. It’s a charity I was proud to be an ambassador of…”
Still, the charity event was a huge success, with Lord’s Taverners confirming the same: “This event alone raised a staggering £160,000, which will go towards helping to empower disadvantaged and disabled young people to fulfil their potential through sport and build foundations for a positive future.”
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By Arjen Gill