A comedian who was canceled by an Edinburgh Fringe venue after he “got his penis on stage” has criticized critics, saying it was a joke and people who were offended should stick to Carry On Films, but admitted that he doesn’t ‘always come out right’.
Jerry Sadowitz, who also performs magic as part of his routine, claimed his show was “cheap and simplified as unsafe, homophobic, misogynistic and racist,” leading it to be canceled at The Pleasance at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.
The 60-year-old’s second night was postponed after the venue said his material was not ‘on par with’ [their] values.’
On Twitter, Mr. Sadowitz defended his show, saying ‘it is what it is to those who enjoy it’, that his intent was not to upset anyone and suggested those who are offended by the show’s content ‘stay at Carry On movies’ ‘.
Jerry Sadowitz’ (pictured) second night at The Pleasance at the Edinburgh International Conference Center was withdrawn after the venue said his material did not match [their] values’
It came after a female audience member claimed the American-born Scotsman pulled his penis out for a woman in the front row and used a racist insult to describe Conservative leadership competitor Rishi Sunak.
She told the Scottish Sun that Sadowitz called the prime minister hopeful ‘ap***’ and claimed that ‘the economy is terrible because it’s run by ‘blacks and women’.
Some outraged fans said bosses already knew he was controversial, as the original listing contained a warning that read, “This show contains strong language and themes that some may find disturbing.”
Some took to Twitter to call The Pleasance “pathetic,” while others said the cancellation amounted to “censorship.”
One fan said she was having a great time on set, but about ’20 lefties’ had run away halfway through.
“I don’t want to humiliate the Pleasance, but they are doubling their position and I don’t want to be a victim of that,” he wrote.
“I did a 75-minute show for 600 people that went pretty well and left with no indication that anything was going to go wrong.
Mr. Sadowitz has released a statement on Twitter in response to the cancellation of his second show
“In addition to being told that there were multiple strikes and abuse of staff, my act is now being watered down and simplified as unsafe, homophobic, misogynistic and racist.
‘There is a lot of thought put into my shows and while I don’t always get it right, especially at the speed I speak of…and I don’t always agree with my own conclusions(!)…offended by those who, who have never seen me before, HEAR words yelled in the first five minutes before storming out without LISTENING to the material.
Plus there’s a lot of silly, exaggerated irony and nonsense, real fake and exaggerated anger and bile, and even getting my dick out is for the funny line that follows.
“I don’t ask anyone to agree with what I say or do on stage… In real life I 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’.
He added that the Pleasance show apologizes to those who had already paid to see its canceled show on Saturday.
The Pleasance has so far declined to confirm what part of the act was deemed offensive, but it said in a statement that “opinions like Sadowitz’s are not acceptable.”
The Pleasance has so far declined to confirm which part of the act was deemed offensive, but it said in a statement that “opinions like Sadowitz’s are not acceptable”
He took to Twitter this weekend to apologize to his fans that his show was cancelled
“Opinions such as those expressed onstage by Sadowitz are not acceptable and The Pleasance is unwilling to be associated with such material,” the statement said.
The Pleasance director Anthony Alderson announced the show’s cancellation: “The Pleasance is a venue that champions freedom of expression and we don’t censor comedian material.
“While we recognize that Jerry Sadowitz has often been controversial, the material presented on his first show is not acceptable and inconsistent with our values.
“This kind of material has no place at the festival and The Pleasance is not coming with its second and final show.”
Refunds will be issued to those who purchased tickets for the Saturday show, the venue said.
In a recent promo video, Sadowitz held up a bird doll while telling potential customers what to expect.
Referring to himself, Sadowitz said, “He’ll be funny. He will be rude. He’s going to do magic tricks.
The show’s second night cancellation was labeled “pathetic” and “depressing” by his fans on Twitter
‘He’s going to make impressions. He’s going to get his dick out. He’s going to do anything, so make sure you go see him.’
A further show description promised he would return with his “crazy impressions of Greta Thunberg, Frankie Boyle and deep vein thrombosis.”
It said it also “promises to do less hateful swearing and focus more on fake liberal pish to appeal to the middle class and their disposable income and personalities.”
He added: “Keep in mind that I might just do card tricks and say nothing for an hour, or I might just do the usual ‘screaming fascist’ schtick. Or both.
“Beneficiaries may want to drink alcohol before the show to avoid boredom, embarrassment and guilt.”