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Comedian Nish Kumar recalls bread-throwing incident

An audience member at a stand-up gig took exception to Kumar’s jokes about politics.

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Comedian Nish Kumar has said the audience member who threw a bread roll at him during a charity gig needs to attend an anger management course (Ian West/PA)

Comedian Nish Kumar has said the audience member who threw a bread roll at him during a charity gig needs to attend an anger management course (Ian West/PA)

Comedian Nish Kumar has said the audience member who threw a bread roll at him during a charity gig needs to attend an anger management course (Ian West/PA)

Comedian Nish Kumar has said the audience member who threw a bread roll at him during a charity gig needs to attend an anger management course.

The Mash Report host was performing a stand-up set for free when some of the crowd took exception to his political jokes.

A bread roll was thrown and Kumar was booed off stage.

Recalling the December incident, he told the PA news agency hostile receptions were part of a comedian’s job – but the person who threw food should consider seeking help.

“I’m entitled to express my opinion and they’re entitled to express their opinion about my opinion,” he said.

“I think the guy that chucked the bread roll probably needs to be on an anger management course because I just think anytime as an adult, you’re flinging bread at someone, you’ve taken leave of your senses.”

Kumar was performing at the Lord’s Taverners annual lunch, which raises money for the youth cricket and disability sports charity.

The bread-throwing incident attracted intense media interest and the comedian admits to being surprised by the level of coverage.

He said: “The thing that was odder was the level of media interest in it and the amount of news coverage it received was frankly baffling.”

Kumar added: “But certainly the actual booing itself, as mad as it sounds, I don’t really have a problem with it. I’m a comedian – worst things have happened to me.”

Satirical comedy show The Mash Report will return for a fourth series next month, but will not be filmed in front of a live studio audience amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Kumar, 34, said public health must come first.

He said: “My entire career has been building up to a TV show in front of a sparse studio audience… There’s a reason that we have studio audiences for these shows – it creates an atmosphere and gives the feeling in the room, but it’s a public health issue, isn’t it?

“So the lowest priority for everyone is (going to) a TV record, so we’ll obviously just work around it as best we can.”

The upcoming series of The Mash Report will see the whole cast filming themselves at home.

Kumar will be joined virtually by guests including Rachel Parris, Geoff Norcott, Ellie Taylor, Catherine Bohart, Desiree Burch, and Ahir Shah.

The Mash Report series four airs on Friday April 3 at 10pm on BBC Two.

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