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Phil Kay's onstage 'meltdown'

Complaints as he nakedly berates audience

Stand-up Phil Kay has sparked a flurry of complaints after two bizarre shows in which he stripped naked and hurled abuse at the audience.

At one stage, he was crying on stage, grabbing the leg of gig organiser Steph Renshaw and begging her to pay him as the bewildered punters looked on.

She told STV that 'he was a complete disaster from start to finish and I have never experienced anything like that in my whole life.

'We told him he wasn’t getting paid as he had broken banners and people had walked out and were demanding refunds.'

Audience member Richard Hay wrote on Twitter that the gig at Aberdeen's Blue Lamp on Saturday, was 'a drunken, distracted shambles. A quasi breakdown where he's downing wine and arguing with the promoter.

And Alan Shand told Chortle: 'Half the audience left before the interval and he was eventually booed offstage. Not a good night and painful to watch.'

Another punter said he told the audience to 'fuck off' and pilfered wine from them.

Breakneck Comedy promoter Naz Hussein said he received several complaints about the gig.

And he said Renshaw rang him from the show and he couldn't hear her over the sounds of the audience chanting 'Off! Off! Off!'

Kay's gig at Stonehaven’s Station Hotel, also in the North East of Scotland, was also said to have been a disaster.

Kay – who once had his own Channel 4 series - is known for his freewheeling and unpredictable style, but Renshaw said: 'It was only the third time we had booked him but every single time has been a disaster.'

Posted: 23 Apr 2012

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