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Australian Comedian Learns Of Prince Philip's Death Mid-Way Through Joke About Him

Australian Comedian Learns Of Prince Philip's Death Mid-Way Through Joke About Him

His priceless reaction to the news was caught on camera, but that didn't stop him using all his material on the late Royal

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie

An Australian comedian made a joke about Prince Philip during a set last week, without realising the Duke of Edinburgh had just died. You can watch what happened below, but be warned the clip contains very strong language:

Lewis Spears was in the middle of his bit about the British Royal family and how they have recently been in the news for all the wrong reasons.

The 23-year-old touched on the Oprah Winfrey interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and how their claims have opened up an international conversation about how people view the famous family.

"The Royals are in the news...the Royal Family, the royal controversy...can you believe that the royals are bad people? Yes! They live in castles. Of course they're not very nice. Have you guys not seen Shrek?" Spears said to the crowd.

"I saw one headline that was like: Has The Royal Family Lost Touch With The Commoners? Yes! What gave it away, was it The Crown? Was it the cape, the throne, or was it when they invented the term commoners?"

Then he moved onto the late Duke of Edinburgh. Keep in mind though, he thought Prince Philip was still alive.

"Have you guys seen Prince Philip? That c*** is 3,000 years old, I'm pretty sure he invented racism," Spears said.

One member of the crowd yells out 'he died' as the rest of the audience laughs. But as the chuckling settled, others informed Jamie that the Duke of Edinburgh was, in fact, dead.


Lewis was given the statement from Buckingham Palace that confirmed the sad news and everyone was in stitches at the awkward moment.

Despite the news being confirmed to Lewis live on stage, he kept going with the jokes.

"I have to say...a bit overdue," he added. "Are we sure he died today? I reckon he died 10 years ago and they wheel him out attached to strings at special events.

"People look at him and go 'aw I reckon that guy is dead' and then someone comes up behind him and goes 'I don't like women' [and everyone goes] 'oh he's fine'.

"For a while I was thinking the only thing keeping him alive was the power of racism."

There were plenty more jokes Lewis squeezed in during his set. Clearly, the comedian had a lot of material on the late Royal and his death certainly wasn't going to get in the way of him making a few jokes.

Featured Image Credit: Lewis Spears/YouTube

Topics: Australia