Mon. Feb 26th, 2024
alert-–-met-police-could-launch-investigation-into-soho-theatre-and-shocking-incident-when-jewish-audience-member-was-‘hounded-out’-by-comedian-paul-currie-–-as-comic-doubles-down-on-act,-sharing-praise-for-the-incendiary-routine-onlineAlert – Met Police could launch investigation into Soho Theatre and shocking incident when Jewish audience member was ‘hounded out’ by comedian Paul Currie – as comic doubles down on act, sharing PRAISE for the incendiary routine online

The Metropolitan Police has confirmed that it could investigate an incident at London’s Soho Theatre involving a comedian who demanded that a Jewish audience member leave his show because he refused to stand up and applaud a Palestine flag.

‘Absurdist’ comedian Paul Currie is accused of encouraging the crowd to chant ‘get the f*** out’ and ‘free Palestine’ at Israeli ticketholder Liahav Eitan at the central London theatre on Saturday night.

Mr Eitan, who was out celebrating his 33rd birthday with a friend, has told how he feared that Currie was going to ‘punch’ him and that he was left terrified by the ‘mob mentality’ of the crowd.

The shocking incident took place in front of around 200 people at the end of Currie’s one-hour show when he pulled out a Ukraine flag and then a Palestine flag before demanding the crowd give a standing ovation and applaud.

Audience members were left feeling ‘uneasy’ when he then confronted Mr Eitan and his friend because they stayed sat down. He then told them to leave his show and led pro-Palestine chants as they fled the venue across the stage.

Currie, who performed hours after attending a pro-Palestine rally in London, has doubled down on his act by sharing praise for his incendiary routine. 

He reposted an Instagram story from another comic last night which said: ‘Thanks @paulcurriecomedian for an amazing show on Saturday and for unapologetically calling for a ceasefire now.’

Liahav Eitan (pictured) was hounded out of London's Soho Theatre after comedian Paul Currie encouraged his audience to chant 'get the f*** out' and 'free Palestine'

Liahav Eitan (pictured) was hounded out of London’s Soho Theatre after comedian Paul Currie encouraged his audience to chant ‘get the f*** out’ and ‘free Palestine’

Paul Currie at a pro-Palestine march hours before performing at London's Soho Theatre on Saturday

Paul Currie at a pro-Palestine march hours before performing at London’s Soho Theatre on Saturday

Currie, who performed hours after attending a pro-Palestine rally in London, has doubled down on his act by sharing praise for his incendiary routine

Currie, who performed hours after attending a pro-Palestine rally in London, has doubled down on his act by sharing praise for his incendiary routine

Following the shocking scenes at the theatre, which is a former synagogue, a Met Police spokesman told : ‘We are aware of the incident that took place at the Soho Theatre on Saturday evening.

READ MORE: EXCLUSIVE: Jewish theatregoer who was hounded out of Soho Theatre when comedian Paul Currie unfurled Palestinian flag and led chants telling him to ‘get out’ reveals he feared comic would ‘punch’ him and thinks he should be banned 

‘We understand why it was upsetting for those involved and we note the venue has issued a statement confirming they are looking into what took place. A report was submitted to police on Monday and enquiries are ongoing.’

Speaking exclusively to on Monday, Mr Eitan, who moved from Israel to London five years ago, said: ‘I don’t think theatres should book this person [Currie]. He seemed violent and dangerous.’

The software engineer, whose seats were behind Currie, added: ‘The only way out was through the stage. We had to actually get on the stage quite close to him – and I was quite afraid that he’d throw a punch because he was still cursing and shouting. 

‘He got out his Palestine flag again and shouted “motherf***er you’ll have to watch it again on your way out”.’

Mr Eitan and his friend fled from the Soho Theatre to Bloomsbury in a bid to move away from the venue, where the crowd were spilling out and some of them were giving them ‘unfriendly glances’.

He continued: ‘From the audience, we were mostly scared. We wanted to get out of the of the situation. It seemed like a bit of a mob mentality that could go sour any second.

‘So we were just afraid of violence. That’s why we didn’t linger right? We just wanted to get out of there.’ 

Paul Currie is an 'absurdist' comedian who is from Belfast. He is alleged to have told an Israeli man and his friends to leave his show

Paul Currie is an ‘absurdist’ comedian who is from Belfast. He is alleged to have told an Israeli man and his friends to leave his show

Mr Eitan added: ‘[We were] mostly scared about how that room might turn against us. From the comedian, I didn’t feel any sort of way like I thought it really reflected on him rather than on us.’

READ MORE: Israeli man and his friends are ‘hounded out of Soho Theatre’ after comedian Paul Currie encouraged his audience to chant ‘get the f*** out’ and ‘free Palestine’ 

Recalling how the night unfolded, Mr Eitan explained how he and his friend had booked last-minute tickets to see Currie because they had time to kill before a birthday dinner at 9.30pm.

Mr Eitan said that while the show was ‘bizarre’, everything was fine until Currie unfurled the flags and asked the audience to stand up. 

He said he didn’t believe it was fair to compare the Palestine and Ukraine conflicts but he just stayed sat and didn’t do anything.

The incident comes amid heightened tensions as the Israel-Hamas conflict rages on. 

Mr Eitan continued: ‘If I was closer to the door, maybe I would have left at that stage. But as it was, I just waited five minutes for the for the show to end.

‘When it ended, a lot of the people got up and clapped. There was a bit of a standing ovation there and me and my friends just stayed sat down quietly and not clapping.

‘I didn’t mean to make any point of it right? I just didn’t really enjoy that bit.’

Currie, who often shares pro-Palestine content on social media, is then said to have shown his appreciation to the crowd for coming before sarcastically thanking Mr Eitan and his friend for not standing up and clapping.

The Soho Theatre was where the shocking incident occurred. It also used to be a synagogue

The Soho Theatre was where the shocking incident occurred. It also used to be a synagogue

The Soho Theatre issued a full apology for the incident and said that they would be investigating

The Soho Theatre issued a full apology for the incident and said that they would be investigating

Mr Eitan said that Currie ‘lingered’ on them for around five to ten seconds until he responded: ‘Thank you for that Palestine flag’.

Currie then seemed ‘quite taken aback’ and asked Mr Eitan if he was being sarcastic.

‘Then he said something like, ‘Okay, well, you’re welcome. You’re welcome for the Palestine flag. It was part of the show.’

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‘And then he came back to me again and said, “Did you enjoy the show?” I said, “Yes, up until that point”. And he said, “Ah up until that point”.

‘Then he just turns back to me and starts screaming, ‘I’m from Belfast. I know everything about ceasefires. Ceasefire now, get the f*** out of my theatre. Get out, get the f*** out of my show, motherf***ers.’

Mr Eitan said he then asked his friend if they should grab their things and go before they calmly attempted to leave.  

‘Unfortunately, when the entire crowd was still inside, the only way out was through the stage,’ he added.

Coming close with the comedian on stage, Mr Eitan said Currie started a ‘public chant of ‘ceasefire now, and free Palestine’ as he ‘tried to incite the crowd’.

He added: ‘I didn’t look at him on the way out. We just left.’

Mr Eitan said Currie should ‘certainly’ be reprimanded for his ‘unreasonable and unprofessional behaviour’.

The Soho Theatre has apologised for the ‘upset and hurt’ caused by the incident to some of their customers and will be investigating what happened.

They wrote: ‘We are sorry and saddened by an incident that took place at our venue at the end of a performance of Paul Currie: Shtoom on Saturday 10 of February which has caused upset and hurt to members of audience attending and others.

‘We take this very seriously and are looking into the detail of what happened as thoroughly, as sensitively, and as quickly as we can.

‘It is important to us that Soho Theatre is welcoming and inclusive place for all.’

Campaign Against Antisemitism said they are assisting Jewish guests who were allegedly hounded out of the Soho Theatre in London.

A spokesperson for Campaign Against Antisemitism said: ‘What the Jewish audience-members have recounted is atrocious, and we are working with them and our lawyers to ensure that those who instigated and enabled it are held to account.

‘These allegations are of deeply disturbing discriminatory abuse against Jews. Comedians are rightly given broad latitude, but hounding Jews out of theatres is reminiscent of humanity’s darkest days, and must have no place in central London in 2024.’

The Israel-Hamas conflict was sparked by the Palestinian terror group’s October 7 attack on southern Israel, which resulted in the deaths of 1,400 Israelis, mostly civilians.

The Hamas-ruled territory’s health ministry says Israel’s offensive has killed at least 28,340 people in Gaza, mostly women and children. 

has contacted Paul Currie for comment. 

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