Comedian Joel Creasey has cancelled an upcoming show in Bendigo in regional Victoria, with organisers citing threats and safety concerns.
The comic and TV presenter was to take to the stage at the Golden Vine Hotel next Thursday (November 14).
But the show’s promoter, Golden Vine Comedy, posted on Facebook that the planned show had been axed after receiving alleged threats.
The show at the Golden Vine Hotel was to be the debut stand-up show at the venue’s new comedy room. The promoters shared the sad news on social media.
“Deepest apologies, but the show with Joel Creasey is cancelled,” they wrote.
“Unfortunately, Joel has received threats if the show goes ahead. [His] management has prevented him from doing the show because of safety concerns.
“So, blame some homophobic a**hole in the Bendigo region. We’re really sorry about this, for everyone’s sake.”
The venue said it would give refunds to ticketholders within 48 hours.
Joel Creasey says threat ‘wasn’t entirely homophobic’
Comedian Joel Creasey addressed the cancellation on Facebook, describing the “serious matter” as “an all-around crappy situation”.
“I am so sorry to disappoint my audience in Bendigo and want to be clear that this threat wasn’t entirely homophobic,” he wrote.
“Furthermore I certainly don’t think this reflects the Bendigo community in any way.
“I’ve never had to cancel a show before, love performing and love Bendigo – so it’s a bit of an all-around crappy situation.
“Please know that it goes against my work ethic and I would have done anything for this not to have happened.”
Creasey wrote that he was unable to discuss the matter further under the circumstances.
“I didn’t think that specific details around my cancellation would be posted publicly,” he said.
“Because this [is] an ongoing matter and a safety issue, it requires an element of privacy.
“Thanks to the venue, the organisers and the punters for understanding.”
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