Reuben Kaye postpones Sydney show over safety concerns

Comedian Reuben Kaye at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival
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Comedian Reuben Kaye says his show at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre tonight has been postponed over safety concerns amid a planned protest.

Earlier this year, the gay comic and cabaret entertainer dropped a dirty joke about Jesus live on 10’s The Project, that the show later apologised for.

“I think it’s hilarious when someone messages me and says, ‘you have to accept Jesus’s love or you will burn in hell,’” Reuben said.

“Because I love Jesus. I love any man who can get nailed for three days straight and come back for more.”

The comic lapped up the resulting outrage and claimed he “broke Australia” as religious protesters rallied in Newtown and outside Network 10’s studios.

On Friday night, Rueben was to perform his The Butch is Back stage show in Sydney. But he took to Instagram to say the show was postponed to July over protest safety concerns.

“You may have noticed that the show this week at the Enmore Theatre is postponed,” Reuben explained.

“Sorry we had to do it. There were some planned protests that meant it would be very complicated and difficult for me to guarantee the audience’s safety, the other comedian’s safety, my safety, my band’s safety and even the safety of the businesses on Enmore Road.

“So we’ve postponed the show to a later date where it’s easier for us to do that for you.

“But don’t worry, we’ll be back and I’ll see you at the next gig.”


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The Project issues grovelling Jesus joke apology

A day after Reuben dropped the Jesus joke on The Project, the Ten show’s hosts Waleed Aly and Sarah Harris issued an apology.

“During a live interview last night, our guest told a joke which we know was deeply and needlessly offensive to many of you,” he said.

“We want to acknowledge the particular offence and hurt that it caused our Muslim but especially our Christian viewers.

“Obviously, I understand just how profound that offence was… More than that, we’re sorry.”

Reuben Kaye takes aim at religion and drag bans in stand-up

In March, Reuben Kaye made new jabs at religion and hateful drag bans at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. The festival’s All-Stars Super Show is streaming on ABC iview.

Over the Easter weekend, Reuben posted clips from his set on social media with the caption “Happy Easter”.

“I’m Jewish. Well, Jew-ish. It’s complicated because I was raised by Jews but I was reared by Catholics,” he said.

He also added, “There’s been a lot in the media recently about drag and what’s appropriate in front of children.

“Some of my material isn’t exactly child-friendly. But when you get right down to it, who would you rather have holding your child – a drag queen or a priest?

“Because the worst thing a drag queen’s gonna put on a kid’s face is glitter.”

The comedian acknowledged “drag is everywhere these days” and “you could almost say it’s a bigger business than religion.”

“The only difference is drag queens pay taxes, churches pay hush money,” he said.

Reuben also sang about his “39 lashes” and ended his set surrounded by drag queens and declaring, “Nailed it!”

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Jordan Hirst
Jordan Hirst

Jordan Hirst is an experienced journalist and content creator with a career spanning over a decade at QNews. Since 2012, the Brisbane local has covered an enormous range of topics and subjects in-depth affecting the LGBTIQA+ community, both in Australia and overseas. Today, the Brisbane-based journalist covers everything from current affairs, politics and health to sport and entertainment.

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