Jerry Sadowitz: why was Edinburgh Fringe show cancelled?

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<p>Scottish stand-up comedian and magician Jerry Sadowitz has been blocked from continuing his Fringe show by The Pleasance.</p>
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Scottish stand-up comedian and magician Jerry Sadowitz has been banned from continuing his Fringe show by The Pleasance.

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After complaints from venue staff and viewers, Scottish comedian Jerry Sadowitz’s Edinburgh fringe show has been cancelled.

But The Pleasance announced the second night would be canceled because its material “is not in line with our values”.

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Jerry Sadowitz: “Not for Everyone” was the show’s title and contained “strong language and themes that some might find troubling.”

He said on Twitter: “Did a show last night, 75 minutes, thought it was going well. Haven’t seen any strikes.

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“Today I was told my show was cancelled. great stuff I’m really sorry for everyone who has traveled to see tonight’s show.”

Why was the show cancelled?

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Sadowitz, 61, an American-born Scotsman, is known for his brazen stand-up routines – in Montreal in 1991 he was knocked unconscious by an angry onlooker after insulting French Canadians.

The Pleasance declined to comment on which aspects of Sadowitz’s material caused the cancellation, but he reportedly used a racist term and showed his penis to a viewer.

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A viewer told The Sun: “I was at the show. He called Rishi Sunak a “p***” and said the economy was terrible because it was “run by black people and women.”

“He showed his penis to a woman in the front row. The problem wasn’t the audience – I knew he had acquired taste. It was its untenable content.”

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The Pleasance director, Anthony Alderson, said: “The Pleasance is a venue that champions free speech and we do not censor comedians’ material.

“While we recognize that Jerry Sadowitz was often controversial, the material presented at his first show is unacceptable and does not reflect our values.

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“This type of material has no place at the festival and The Pleasance will not be presenting its second and final show.”

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