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Comic Hurst leaves punter lost for words in mobile phone row

PUBLISHED: 20:58 10 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:36 05 October 2010

COMEDIAN Lee Hurst faces a police investigation after it was alleged he smashed a member of the audience’s mobile phone at one of his gigs. He stormed off stage and refused to come back after the stage rage’ incident in Guildford, Surrey, leaving the 300-strong audience with no headline act last Wednesday night (September 3)

Victoria Huntley

COMEDIAN Lee Hurst faces a police investigation after it was alleged he smashed a member of the audience's mobile phone at one of his gigs.

He stormed off stage and refused to come back after the stage rage’ incident at Guildford in Surrey, leaving the 300-strong audience with no headline act last Wednesday night (September 3).

Hurst, who ran his own Backyard Comedy Club at Bethnal Green in London’s East End until earlier this year, allegedly lost his temper when he thought a man in the audience was using a mobile phone to film his show.

But the man said he was sending a text message to a babysitter looking after his children.

Others in the audience at Guildford’s Stoke pub said Hurst exploded, hurling four-letter abuse at the man, before snatching the phone and smashing it to the ground.

Police have confirmed they have been investigating the incident.

A spokesman said: “It has been reported that a member of the audience had his mobile phone damaged by a third party.

“We are investigating the circumstances and are in the process of interviewing both parties.”

Hurst still performs most weeks at his former club in Bethnal Green, now called The FymFygBar.

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