COMEDIAN Jerry Sadowitz has released a statement regarding the cancellation of his Edinburgh Fringe show on Saturday evening. 

This comes after one audience member told The Sun that Sadowitz had made racist and sexist remarks and “got his penis out to a woman in the front row”. 

In a post on social media on Sunday evening, Sadowitz said there was “a lot of silly exaggerated irony and nonsense” surrounding the cancellation. 

He said: “I don’t wish to humiliate The Pleasance but they are doubling down on their position and I don’t want to be made the victim of that. 

“I repeat… I did a 75-minute show for 600 people that went pretty well and left with no hint of anything going wrong.

“In addition to now being told there were multiple walkouts and “abuse of staff” my act is now being cheapened and simplified as unsafe, homophobic, misogynistic and racist.”

The Pleasance Theatre said that the comedian’s material “did not align with our values” and that they had received an “unprecedented number of complaints” about the content in Friday night’s show. 

Sadowitz continued: “I am not J** D******* folks… a lot of thought goes into my shows and while I don’t always get it right, especially at the speed of which I speak… and I don’t always agree with my own conclusions (!)… I am offended by those who, having never seen me before, HEAR words being shouted in the first five minutes before storming out without LISTENING to the material which I am stupid enough to believe is funny, sometimes important and worth saying."

Some celebrities, including Jeremy Vine, jumped to Sadowitz’s defence.

Vine said: “I’ve seen Jerry Sadowitz perform four times. Each gig was more offensive than the last.

“No one complained because that’s what Jerry does.”

The statement from Sadowitz continued: “Additionally, there’s a lot of silly, exaggerated irony and nonsense, real fake and exaggerated anger and bile, and even getting my d*** out is for the purpose of the funny line which follows it.

“(No I won’t tell you what it is… see the show for yourself… or better still… just stay at home. 

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“I ask nobody to agree with anything I say or do on stage… God forbid they should end up like me… and I have never ONCE courted a mainstream audience to come to my shows because guess what??? In real life, I really DON’T want to upset anyone… including Anthony Alderson.”

Pleasance Theatre director Alderson acknowledged Sadowitz is known for controversial remarks but said that this particular show “had no place on the festival”. 

Sadowitz added: “The show is what it is, for those who enjoy it. The rest of you… please stick to Carry On films.

“P.S. If the Pleasance can’t apologise to me they should at least apologise to the 300 people who paid for and travelled to see the show on Saturday.”