The comedy world is today in a state of slightly detached and ironic mourning after bizarrely popular gagsmith Michael McIntyre asphyxiated on stage laughing at his own joke.
Witnesses reported how the supremely smug humour-monger got so much amusement from an observational routine about how the toast in council estate and university staple meal beans on toast can get soggy from being covered in tomato sauce, he finally collapsed without even reaching the punch line.
Office worker Spencer Phillips, 26, from London told reporters “he was about half way through the show when he started a routine about beans on toast. He said about how if you put the beans all over the toast, it gets really soggy. Me and my girlfriend were in tears of laughter, because when you think about it, it’s true! Why put the beans on the toast? The toast gets soggy! The whole crowd was roaring with laughter at this point, and he clearly got caught up in it. He was laughing really hard himself already, and then said something about own-brand beans which seemed to tip him over the edge. He was really difficult to understand at this point as he was laughing so hard, then he doubled over and his shoulders heaved a couple of times before he fell flat on his face. The curtain came down and we knew then something was wrong. Ten minutes later a guy came out and said in a really cut up voice that the show was over as Michael had died. So sad, what a waste of life. And we never even got to hear how the routine ended.”
Fellow comedians rushed out to release statements via social network site Twitter this evening. Jason Manford tweeted “so sad to hear about MM. what a waste. Still, leaves a gap in the market for bland, inoffensive family fun” while Scottish person Frankie Boyle said “At least he died doing what he loved most. Laughing at his own brilliance”. Meanwhile, former comedian Peter Kay put “sad about Michaels death, but come on, beans on toast? BEANS ON TOAST?? Its no garlic bread is it? I mean, GARLIC BREAD?!”
A police statement issued this evening said that although the death was not being treated as suspicious, they were investigating claims that Mr McIntyre had been involved in handling stolen routines belonging to a Mr T Cooper.