Comedian Lewis Spears learns of Prince Philip’s death while telling a joke about him

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The surreal moment when an Australian comedian hears live on stage about Prince Philip’s death as he tells a joke about the ‘3,000-year-old’ Duke of Edinburgh

An Australian stand-up comedian learned of Prince Philip’s death while ridiculing the deceased royal family on stage.

Lewis Spears had been joking about the Duke of Edinburgh at a Melbourne club on Friday night when someone from the crowd informed him of his death.

Mr Spears, 23, was poking the royal family when he said Prince Philip – who died at the age of 99 – was “3,000 years old.”

Surreal: Australian stand-up comedian Lewis Spears learned of Prince Philip's death while ridiculing the late royal family on stage in Melbourne on Friday night

Surreal: Australian stand-up comedian Lewis Spears learned of Prince Philip’s death while ridiculing the late royal family on stage in Melbourne on Friday night

‘Oh, can you believe the royals are bad people? Yes! They live in castles. Of course they are not very nice – haven’t you seen Shrek? ‘ he said.

But seconds after he mocked Price Philip’s old age and said he had “invented racism,” an onlooker shouted, “He died tonight!”, Causing Mr. Spears and the crowd to gasp.

‘What!’ exclaimed the mad man in disbelief, before reading aloud the announcement from a spectator’s telephone.

What are the odds?  Mr Spears, 23, stabbed the Royal Family when he said Prince Philip - who died at the age of 99 - was '3,000 years old'

What are the odds?  Mr Spears, 23, stabbed the Royal Family when he said Prince Philip - who died at the age of 99 - was '3,000 years old'

What are the odds? Seconds after he mocked Price Philip’s old age and said he ‘invented racism’, an onlooker shouted, ‘He died tonight!’, Causing the crowd to gasp.

“I have to say … it’s too late,” he added, rather insensitive.

‘Are we sure he passed away today? I think he passed away ten years ago and they tie him to strings at special events! ‘

Clearly still surprised by the turn of events, Mr. Spears tweeted hours later, “Prince Philip died DURING my show tonight. Clip is coming soon. ‘

Bewildered: “What!” exclaimed the mad man in disbelief, before reading aloud the announcement from a spectator’s telephone

Announcing the death of the Duke of Edinburgh on Friday, the Royal Family said in a statement: ‘It is with deep sadness that Her Majesty the Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. .

His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will be made in due course.

“The Royal Family, along with people around the world, mourn his loss.”

Rest in peace: Prince Philip passed away on Friday. The Royal Family had said in a statement, “It is with deep sadness that Her Majesty the Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.” Pictured with Prince Harry in 2014

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