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Michael McIntyre removes handwashing joke from Netflix special

The special was filmed at the beginning of March.

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Michael McIntyre has revealed he removed a joke about handwashing from his Netflix special in light of coronavirus.

The funnyman’s new stand-up episode was filmed in March before the pandemic forced the country into lockdown yet launched on the streaming platform on Tuesday.

While Michael worried for months about whether a gag about a face mask would still be funny, the comedian decided to scrap another Covid-19 related joke altogether.

Speaking on Jessie Ware’s podcast Table Manners, Michael said: ‘I did a joke about it [coronavirus].


‘I introduced myself on stage when all the handwashing stuff was starting and I said, “Ladies and gentlemen, please put your hands together and wash them for 30 seconds as we welcome Michael McIntyre.”



‘I actually came on and said, “This could be the last time we get together in a crowd.”

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Michael’s new stand-up is streaming on Netflix (Picture: Netflix)

‘I said it as a joke! I should never have said that.’

‘Does it stay in the Netflix special?’ Jessie probed.

‘No, I took all that stuff out,’ Michael replied. ‘There are a few more jokes in the Netflix special which I’m hoping are still funny but it’s worried me slightly.

‘I have jokes about face masks, but this was at a time no one in the world except people in Asia were wearing face masks.’

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Besides face mask gags, Michael’s Netflix special Showman sees the comedic superstar recall international encounters like avoiding shark attacks in Australia and New Zealanders’ strange relationship with vowels.

Michael McIntyre: Showman is available to stream on Netflix.

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