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Comedian Nish Kumar has defended his set at the Lord's Taverners' Christmas lunch on Monday, claiming 'they were more easily offended than I thought they would be' as the event descended into chaos. 

In staggering scenes at Park Lane's Grosvenor House, 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 politics and politicians.

The charity, which helps give vulnerable children a start in life through sport, had promoted Kumar as 'undoubtedly the UK's hottest comedian' before the event, which cost £149 a head for members. 

Nish Kumar was booed off stage at Lord's Taverners' Christmas lunch, but has now hit back

Nish Kumar was booed off stage at Lord's Taverners' Christmas lunch, but has now hit back

His routine started innocuously enough. He began with a joke about himself either looking like a terrorist or a Brazilian, depending on the angle.

But stunned witnesses 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. 

The booing started when he shared his scathing views of Boris Johnson and then on imperial British rule. 

There was praise for one politician though, as he lauded former Speaker John Bercow - who was in the audience - before launching into an anti-Brexit rant and demanding a second referendum.

But he has now hit back against criticism of his material, telling The Guardian about his shock at how 'easily offended' the audience was.

He said: 'I sort of knew what I was doing and I knew the risk. They were more easily offended than I thought they would be. I would like to apologise if I triggered any of them.' 

NISH KUMAR: NO STRANGER TO CONTROVERSY

Nishant Kumar is a British actor, stand-up comedian and radio presenter.  He host late-night satirical news show The Mash Report on BBC Two and has hosted Joel & Nish vs The World

His stand-up routine often centres on political matters and he is no stranger to controversy. 

Earlier this year he said 'the  architects of Brexit are a cocktail of lying racists and buffoons'.

And last December he apologised for giving a platform on The Mash Report to Steve Topple, a 'left-wing journalist who promoted antisemitic conspiracy theories'. Kumar promised to be 'more judicious in future'.   

Video footage from the event, shared on social media, showed the extent of the heckling, as Kumar apparently implied the audience were 'thick' for not sharing his views.

The witnesses 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 and persuaded Kumar to exit the stage. At one point, with anger rising, a bread roll was thrown.

Despite the controversy, the lunch raised £160,000 for the charity and Kumar later made light of the incident, writing on Twitter: 'In my defence, it was only one bread roll and it missed me.'

He also posted a video From YouTube of Bob Dylan showing amusement at newspaper reports that people had walked out of one of his concerts after booing him. 

BBC Radio One DJ Greg James – a huge cricket fan and Lord's Taverners ambassador – today tweeted a staunch defence of the comedian and criticised the people who booed him. 

Kumar jumped onto social media to try and brush off the incident on social media on Monday

Kumar jumped onto social media to try and brush off the incident on social media on Monday

Nish Kumar performing at the Lord's Taverners' lunch in London on Monday

The comedian was asked to leave the stage as his set failed to hit the right notes with the crowd

Kumar was heckled and saw his set cut short after

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