03 December 2019 12:35
LEFT-WING comedian Nish Kumar was booed off stage and pelted with a bread roll during a charity Christmas lunch after using his set to promote "extreme views" against Brexit. The BBC Mash Report star used his spot at the Lord's Taverners Christmas lunch to air his liberal views on Boris Johnson, the EU and Imperial rule last night. 6 Kumar was accused of using the annual charity event to throw around his political views Credit: Twitter / JonCAustin The annual charity event at the Grosvenor Hotel in Park Lane, which raises money for vulnerable children, had dubbed Kumar "undoubtedly the UK's hottest comedian". But it seems his target audience was not present at the show, with the audience booing him off stage just minutes after he was brought on. Mr Kumar was widely heckled as members took offence to his jibes – with anger in the room rising steadily.
Video footage from the event showed Mr Kumar imply the audience were "thick" for not sharing his views. In my defence, it was only one bread roll and it missed me — Nish Kumar (@MrNishKumar) December 3, 2019 The left-wing comedian also compared himself to music icon Bob Dylan, sharing newspaper articles that said the folk musician found it funny that people had walked out of his shows after booing him. One guest described Kumar's set as an "extreme political speech". But the comedian reacted defiantly to calls for him to leave and refused to budge - before he was hit with a bread roll lobbed from a disgruntled diner. It was only when a brave event compere stepped in to cut the set short that Kumar agreed to leave the stage.
6 Credit: Twitter/@MrPLC 6 Credit: Twitter/MaggieT_1979 6 Credit: Twitter/@OptimisticSean Following the embarrassing appearance, Kumar tweeted: "In my defence, it was only one bread roll and it missed me" Mike Fitchett, 68, told The Mail Online: "Harry Redknapp was tremendous and we were having a really good day, as we always do. "Then this man, who is supposed to be a comedian, gets up and delivers what could only be described as a political speech He should have just left the stage but he refused to do so. These were extreme, far-left political views and we are a charity. Another audience member said: "He went full on political and it just isn't that kind of event. "People had gone there for a good time and to raise money for disadvantaged kids to be able to play sport. It wasn't even comedy material – just a series of political statements." The Lord's Taverners was set up in 1950 at the world famous, invite-only London cricket club -considered to be the holy grail of the sport. Sir Trevor McDonald currently sits as chairman, while Sir Michael Parkinson, Prince Edward and Chris Tarrant have all held the post in previous years. 6 Nish Kumar's left-wing rants saw his set cut short at the Lords' Taverner's Christmas Lunch on Park Lane Credit: Getty - Contributor The Lord's Taverners' charity Christmas lunch dissolved into chaos when comedian Nish Kumar was jeered, booed off stage and pelted with a bread roll. Appearing at Park Lane's Grosvenor House, Kumar spoke on a range of topics from Brexit, British Imperial Rule and Boris Johnson. However, his left-leaning viewers didn't go down too well with the star-studded crowd, who began to heckle and the comedian until he was persuaded to leave. According to insiders, Kumar began his set by joking that he looked like a terrorist or a Brazilian 'depending on the angle.' But the crowd turned as the funnyman launched into an anti-Brexit rant and called for a second referendum. As he was met by a hostile response, Kumar implied guests must be 'thick' for not agreeing with him. Sources have told the Mail that the compere of the charity dinner - which costs £149 a head for members - jumped on stage when things escalated and tried to persuade Kumar to leave. Witnesses say a bread role was then thrown at Kumar, who refused to step down. Another source told the Mail that Radio One DJ Greg James, who was supporting the charity, scolded the bread thrower. (Image: South Wales Evening Post) (Image: Twitter) Greg also took to Twitter to say he was embarrassed by the response to Nish's performance. In a string of tweets he said: "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... "and the work they do with disadvantaged young people is extraordinary. I was devastated for Nish (who gave his time for free)... Kumar has also taken to Twitter to make light of the furore. "In my defence, it was only one bread roll and it missed me," he tweeted. The star also shared with his 246,000 followers a video of Bob Dylan laughing off newspaper reports that people walked out of his concerts and booed him. Charity Lord's Taverners was established in 1950 at London's Tavern pub to help give young people in the UK a better start in life through sport. Members are said to have paid £149 a ticket for Monday's lunch, non-members forking out £169 and VIP guests paying £270 for a champagne reception.