'You nearly killed someone with laughter' | Jerry Sadowitz gig cut short after punter falls ill

'You nearly killed someone with laughter'

Jerry Sadowitz gig cut short after punter falls ill

Jerry Sadowitz was forced to cut a gig short this week when an audience member was involved in a medical emergency.

The comedian and magician had been performing his Make Comedy Grate Again show at Liverpool's Epstein Theatre for an hour when it was interrupted on Wednesday night.

Reports suggest that when Sadowitz saw a man clambering over seats, he asked if he was on his way up to the stage to assassinate him.

However, it then became apparent that another man had stopped breathing and had to be taken out of the theatre.

Sadowitz reportedly said: 'Stopped breathing? That's all I need on my fucking CV isn't it?' and left the stage.

One audience member messaged the comic on Twitter afterwards: 'Boss night, just an unfortunate ending when you nearly killed someone with laughter, not a bad way to go X.'

Another added: 'It was almost like a morgue at the end. Almost. As if we were supposed to come away from it in any way content or satisfied. Slither of hope in humanity lost when overhearing someone asking staff about refunds. Everyone's a c*nt. We hung round for T-shirts, which never came.'

A spokesperson for the theatre confirmed: 'A man experienced a bad reaction to his medicine towards the end of the show but we understand that he’s fine now.'

- by Jay Richardson

Published: 24 May 2019

What do you think?

Today's comedy-on demand picks


The duo's last stage appearance, filmed at Bristol's Slapstick comedy festival in 2019, is being streamed. It was the pair's first stage appearance for decades, and they talk about their career heyday as well as Large's health problems. He died earlier this year, aged 78, after contracting coronavirus.

Click for more suggestions
... including shows from stand-ups Meryl O'Rourke and Johhny White Really-Really.

We see you are using AdBlocker software. Chortle relies on advertisers to fund this website so it’s free for you, so we would ask that you disable it for this site. Our ads are non-intrusive and relevant. Help keep Chortle viable.