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Laughing Bishops Comedy Club is back with return of prankster Simon Brodkin




Bishop’s Stortford’s monthly comedy club returns after its summer hiatus with mischief magnate Simon Brodkin.

The comic, who rose to fame by playing a cheerful chav character called Lee Nelson, will appear at the Laughing Bishops Comedy Club this Saturday (September 21) at the United Reformed Church in Water Lane.

He will be supported by Andrew Ryan and Andrew Lawrence, who played builder Marco in the BBC sitcom Ideal, which also starred Johnny Vegas.

Simon Brodkin. (16542324)
Simon Brodkin. (16542324)

Paddy Lennox, the Stortford-based funnyman who founded Laughing Bishops, will also take to the stage as the evening’s compere.

This will not be the first time that Brodkin, 41, has appeared at one of Lennox’s gigs; last September, he headlined the Great Dunmow Comedy Club, which was also established by the Irishman.

In July, Brodkin also performed at Theatre in the Fields – a one-day drama, music and comedy festival – which was held at Brook Cottage Farm riding school in Furneux Pelham to raise cash for the hub’s Riding For the Disabled Association (RDA) group.

Simon Brodkin with Sepp Blatter. (16868553)
Simon Brodkin with Sepp Blatter. (16868553)

The Camden-born comedian is renowned for his high-profile pranks, several of which have led to his arrest, and some of his targets have included Donald Trump, Theresa May and FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

Before his comedy career took off, Brodkin studied medicine at university in Manchester and graduated in 2001. He then worked as a doctor in the city’s hospitals until 2007, which is when he began doing stand-up full time.

In 2015, Brodkin gatecrashed a press conference at FIFA’s headquarters in Zurich at the time of the football governing body’s corruption scandal. He walked onto the stage, threw a wad of dollar bills over Sepp Blatter and claimed it was part of a bid to secure North Korea’s 2026 World Cup bid. He was arrested and charged with trespassing.

At the Geneva Motor Show in March the following year, amid Volkswagen’s emissions scandal, he dressed as a VW engineer and tried to add a ‘cheat-box’ to a car while the German automaker’s board member Jürgen Stackmann was making a speech.

Simon Brodkin with the Nazi golf balls he distributed at a Donald Trump press conference at his Scottish resort, Turnberry. (16868548)
Simon Brodkin with the Nazi golf balls he distributed at a Donald Trump press conference at his Scottish resort, Turnberry. (16868548)

Three months later, while Donald Trump – then a Presidential candidate – was re-opening his Scottish golf resort in Turnberry, Brodkin interrupted the start of his speech and started giving out red golf balls, emblazoned with Nazi swastikas.

Perhaps his most well-known stunt came in 2017, when he disrupted the then Prime Minister Theresa May during her speech to the Conservative Party conference and handed her a mocked-up P45. He told her: “Boris [Johnson] asked me to give this to you.” He then went over to Johnson – May’s eventual successor – and gave him the ‘thumbs up’ before he was removed from the venue.

Tickets to see Brodkin, Ryan, Lawrence and Lennox at the Laughing Bishops Comedy Club on Saturday night cost £16 and are available from www.laughingbishops.co.uk/laughing-bishops.

Doors open at 7.30pm and gig-goers will be able to buy real ale and treats from the pop-up curry stall as they wait for the 8.30pm start.



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