Jerry Sadowitz defends himself onstage in an ‘unacceptable’ canceled comedy show at Edinburgh Fringe

Comedian Jerry Sadowitz has defended himself baring on stage on his comedy show Edinburgh Fringe, which has now been cancelled.

The controversial Scottish comedian was due to play two nights at the Pleasance at Edinburgh International Conference Center but on Saturday (13 August) the second performance was canceled at short notice.

According to The Pleasance Theater Trust, Sadowitz’s material was “unacceptable” and “didn’t match [the theatre’s] Values”.

This was announced by the organization The Independent that after Sadowitz’s first show, it received an “unprecedented number of complaints” that “couldn’t be ignored.”

It states: “Due to numerous complaints, we immediately became aware of content that was considered extreme in terms of racism, sexism, homophobia and misogyny, among other things. We will not engage in content that attacks human dignity and the language used on stage was totally unacceptable from our point of view.”

There were also reports that Sadowitz had exposed himself during the set, which the comedian himself confirmed in a statement he shared The Independent.

“I don’t want to humiliate The Pleasance, but they are doubling down on their position and I don’t want to be the victim of that,” he said, adding, “I did a 75-minute show for 600 people that went pretty well and left without a clue for something to go wrong.

Sadowitz, who accused the organization of cheapening his set “as unsafe, homophobic, misogynist and racist,” continued, “There’s a lot of thought going into my shows, and although I don’t always get it right, especially at the rate at which I’m speaking …and I don’t always agree with my own conclusions(!)… I’m offended by those who, having never seen me before, HEAR words being shouted for the first five minutes before rushing out without raising the material to LISTEN that I’m stupid enough to think is funny, sometimes important, and worth mentioning.”

Jerry Sadowitz has defended his comedy set after it was canceled at the Edinburgh Fringe

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Sadowitz said his sets involve “a lot of silly, over-the-top irony and nonsense, real and over-the-top anger and gall,” adding, “Getting my cock out serves the purpose of the funny line that follows. (No, I won’t tell you what it is… watch the show for yourself… or better yet… just stay home).”

He concluded, “I’m not asking anyone to agree with anything I say or do on stage…God forbid they should end up like me…and I’ve never wooed a mainstream audience to come to my shows because.” you know what?? ? In real life, I really don’t want to upset anyone. The show is what it is for those who enjoy it. The rest of you… please stick to Carry On movies.” Jerry Sadowitz defends himself onstage in an ‘unacceptable’ canceled comedy show at Edinburgh Fringe


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