During the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee concert, Lee Mack himself made a joke in front of the prime minister at the expense of Boris Johnson.
The comedian took to the stage after Queen + Adam Lambert completed their opening performance.
“We are here right outside the gates of Buckingham Palace for the party of a lifetime,” he said: “I will tell you – in the end we can say the words ‘party’ and ‘gate’ and that is a positive. “
The remarks, which mocked the many controversies that have rocked Johnson’s party in recent months, drew applause from the crowd – including Johnson.
“He wasn’t in the autocue,” Mack admitted as the crowd laughed. Johnson’s reaction to the jib was not shown on the BBC broadcast.
not going out Starr was referring to the Partygate scandal that led to calls for Johnson to step down as prime minister.
In the wake of senior civil servant Sue Grey’s report into the scandal, which revealed multiple gatherings during the COVID-19 lockdown, several Tory lawmakers have submitted letters of no confidence to their leader.
The prime minister issued an apology over the scandal in an address to the nation after attacking the Gray’s report as “a serious failure” to comply with “standards expected of the entire British population”.
Mack’s joke comes a day after Johnson suffered a “substantial amount” as he arrived at St. Paul’s Cathedral for a service honoring the Queen’s 70 years on the throne.
During the service, he read a biblical passage that many found “ironic” when considering the Partygate scandal; Thick of it Producer Armando Iannucci praised the organizers for fixing it so that Johnson read this specific passage.
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Later, Stephen Fry made a comment about the prime ministers that prompted the crowd to gasp.
The ceremony opened in a heartwarming fashion as Queen showcased her acting prowess for a “cute” skit opposite the CGI version of Paddington Bear, voiced by Ben Whishaw.
Later at the ceremony, the audience saw George Ezra censor his own song lyrics about death during a performance of one of his hits.
Catch up with all the live updates from the Jubilee concerts as they happened here.