The Lord's Taverners' Christmas lunch descended into chaos on Monday, with a comedian booed off stage and pelted with a bread roll.
In staggering scenes at Park Lane's swanky Grosvenor House, Nish Kumar was widely heckled and saw his set cut short after sections of the audience failed to take kindly to his left-wing views on the current political climate.
Stunned witnesses have told Sportsmail that the stand-up, who hosts BBC Two's The Mash Report, was met with boos, jeers and calls for him to leave when he shared his observations on a number of issues including Brexit.
Comedian and TV host Nish Kumar was booed off stage at Lord's Taverners' Christmas lunch
They added that Kumar, who had taken to the stage after a well-received question and answer session with Harry Redknapp, reacted defiantly and told the audience he was going nowhere.
Eventually, a quick-thinking compere stepped in at the landmark event for the cricket charity, which raised more than £160,000, and persuaded the comedian to exit the stage after drawing the raffle. At one point, with anger rising, witnesses said a bread roll was thrown.
According to the audience member BBC Radio One DJ Greg James – a huge cricket fan and Lord's Taverners ambassador – reprimanded the bread thrower.
Greg james attmepted to intervene after a member of the audience threw a bread roll at Kumar
They explained: 'He had a pop and rightly so – that was disgraceful and there was no need for it, regardless of what was going on. At one point there was even a slow hand clap. It was just terrible.'
Mike Fitchett, a 68-year-old Taverners member from Oxfordshire, was in the audience.
'Harry Redknapp was tremendous and we were having a really good day, as we always do,' he said. 'Then this man, who is supposed to be a comedian, gets up and delivers what could only be described