07 December 2012 / by Radmila Gurkova
Mistaken identity....sort of.
A comedian STAGING a fake theft ended up with more than he BARGAINED for when he was caught by a police community support officer. The officer thought a crime was in progress when TV star Simon Brodkin pretended to steal his own DVD.
Brodkin was in character as one of his creations - South London TEARAWAY Lee Nelson - and was doing a signing at HMV on London's Oxford Street.
He staged a stunt in which he "stole" one of his own DVDs, after which he was chased around the store by an actor dressed up as a police officer. They ended up running outside, where they were spotted by the real officer who DETAINED Brodkin.
A SPOKESMAN for the comedian said: "Somehow they ended up out on the pavement, where a real police community support officer got involved, thinking it was a theft taking place.
"The community support officer ESCORTED him back into the store where it was explained that it hadn't been a real theft taking place."
Brodkin, a former doctor who gave up his medical career to PURSUE work as a stand-up, stars in his own BBC Three show, Lee Nelson's Well Good Show.
- Have you ever witnessed a crime?
- Have you ever seen a stunt go wrong?
- Do you like comedians?