Lewis Spears discovered Prince Philip was dead…while mocking him (Picture: Lewis Spears)
Australian comedian Lewis Spears got the shock of his life as he was told Prince Philip had died – right as he was mocking the late royal in a blistering set.
The Duke of Edinburgh died ‘peacefully’ on Friday, with a statement released from Buckingham Palace just after midday, which appeared to be right about the time Lewis was performing for the crowd.
The words ‘comedic timing’ spring to mind…
The comedian soon took aim at the royals, mentioning Meghan Markle’s Oprah interview and allegations of racism, before referencing Prince Philip.
He said: ‘Have you guys seen Prince Philip? That c**t is 3000 years old. I’m pretty sure he invented racism.’
It was at this stage several members of the audience, who had checked Twitter before the show, yelled out ‘he died tonight’, with another shouting to Lewis: ‘He just died.’
Warning: the video below contains explicit language.
He then read out the statement from the Royal Family on a phone – handed to him by an audience member – as punters in the audience shared their shock with gasps seemingly because they, too, had no idea the Duke had just died.
If you thought the comedian would go easy on the family though, now knowing of the death, he told the crowd: ‘A bit overdue – are we sure he died today?
‘I reckon he died 10 years ago and they just wheel him out attached to strings for special events’.
The duke died on Friday (Picture: Jane Barlow/Pa Wire/REX)
Taking a moment to survey the crowd in the moment, Lewis added he’d be uploading video from the gig to his YouTube ‘tomorrow’.
The video has so far racked up more than 700,000 views, with fans in disbelief over Lewis’s timing.
One wrote under the video: ‘And here folks, we have what is quite possibly the greatest example of comedic timing in the history of comedy.’
Another couldn’t believe Lewis kept mocking the late royal immediately after finding out he’d died: ‘He found out he died and then CONTINUED with the set went on for another 4 mins.’
Prince Philip’s death was announced on Friday, with a statement released which read: ‘It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
‘His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.’
He will be buried next Saturday, following a period of national mourning, with 30 close family members attending due to coronavirus restrictions.Credit: Original article published here.