Comedian dies onstage as audience laughs for five minutes
British comedian Ian Cognito had a heart attack and died onstage during his set at a comedy club last night.
According to Global News, Cognito was mid-set at Bicester’s Lone Wolf Comedy Club when he fell ill and died.
The audience assumed it was part of the act and laughed for around five minutes as Cognito remained motionless on a chair.
“We thought it was part of the act,” audience member John Ostojak told the BBC, “We came out feeling really sick, we just sat there for five minutes watching him, laughing at him.”
Cognito was a well-known and beloved figure in British comedy. Many comedians took to social media to pay their respects to their fallen comrade.
To address continuous parliamentary resistance against U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s attempts to push through a no-deal Brexit, Johnson tried to call a snap election in a bid to solidify Tory control in parliament.
“This House can no longer keep this country hostage,” Johnson told MPs, adding that Parliament had become “dysfunctional”.
The vote was called on Oct. 28 for a prospective Dec. 12 election. However, the House of Commons resoundingly voted the motion down, with only 299 of 650 MPs backing Johnson’s election push, reports Politico. To trigger the snap election, Johnson needed a two-thirds majority of the vote.
“I simply do not believe that this house is capable of delivering on the priorities of the people, whether that means Brexit or anything else,” Johnson told the Commons ahead of the vote. “It is frankly time for the leader of the opposition to move his rusty Trabant from the yellow box junction where it is currently blocking progress.”
Since taking office in July, Johnson has tried a total of three times to force an election, so that he can push through with Brexit plans without MPs blocking him.
“He says he wants an election on December, but how can we trust him that he will stick to that date when we do not have legal confirmation of the extension,” opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn responded. “Quite simply I do not trust the prime minister.”
Before the vote, Johnson told MPs that “one way or another” he was going to break the current deadlock in parliament, reports the BBC.
Despite this recent failure, he says he will continue trying to force an early election.
On Wednesday, London’s City Airport was disrupted by Extinction Rebellion, a radical environmentalist group. According to the BBC, as of Thursday, police have arrested nearly 850 people in connection with the protest, which caused major delays for both passengers and workers outside the airport.
“We continue to work closely with the Metropolitan Police to ensure the safe operation of the airport, which remains fully open and operational,” said a spokesman for London City Airport.
Among those arrested included an Ex Met Detective who had glued himself to the pavement to prevent his removal, while he repeated various alarmist slogans.
BBC Newsnight political editor Nicholas Watt was one of the passengers on the plane and tweeted about his experience.
“My flight from London City airport to Dublin has just been grounded by a climate change protester, ” Watt wrote.
“On runway and about to take off when smartly dressed man in late middle age stood up with iPhone to deliver lecture on climate change up and down aisle.
“Cabin crew calmly and very politely asked protester to resume his seat. Politely but persistently he declined and proceeded to deliver his lecture on climate change in the aisle.”
“Some passengers were annoyed, others listened to lecture with humour as cabin crew alerted pilot.”
Another notable person who had been convinced to take part in the protest included former Paralympic cyclist James Brown.
The blind cyclist streamed part of his escapades on his phone, claiming that he’d been motivated to action by other activists and had done all he could to stop the flight, going so far as climbing on top of the plane, despite being terrified of heights and needing to be rescued.
On Monday and Tuesday, roughly two hundred environmental activists
The protest began Monday with activists claiming they’re not going anywhere. Many who remained until Tuesday were arrested by police.
According to The Guardian, the tactic was part of a bigger ploy to force a two-week government shutdown and included other protests at various locations around the U.K., such as Westminster Bridge, Lambeth Bridge, Trafalgar Square and Smithfield market.
They also set up roadblocks, glued themselves to cars, and set up tents in the streets to cause as much disruption to daily productivity as possible.
When threatened with arrests, one activist said, “They came round and told us that we should be moving on. I don’t think we are going to move on. It’s not a risk if you know you’re going to be arrested. It’s something I’ll do if I need to.”
“We’ve got extremely good legal support and it’s a very well set-up organisation, so I feel like I’ll be supported all through the way. An arrest doesn’t mean a conviction.”
Another said, “Just because you’re being arrested doesn’t mean you do or don’t support Extinction Rebellion any more than the next person.”
“There are people within this group that support this group very much and they won’t be getting arrested, but they support everybody.”
Sky News questioned one activist, 33-year-old NHS manager Mike
“I want to make a statement that [the activists] are all different sorts of people from all different walks of life, not just people you would call hippies.”
Gunn also mentioned that his children’s futures were motivators for his protest.
“We will decide as a group when we are going to move, and we are not going to let police tell us when,” he continued.
“I would not like to get arrested, but if that happens when I am exercising my right to protest and deliver a good life for my children, then I will take it on the chin.”
According to a poll conducted by the U.K.Sun, which polled 2,000 British people, half of those under the age of 45 have sent naked selfies via mobile, and at least a quarter admitted to having filmed themselves having sex.
According to the U.K. Sun, a quarter still have a nude photograph of an ex on their phone, while 20 percent have shown others a naked picture of their partner.
20 percent of British men under 45 say they’ve been a victim of revenge porn (when people intentionally leak naked pictures of their ex on the internet), and half of all those surveyed say they fear becoming the victim of revenge porn.
Additionally, 42 percent of British people survey have participated in phone sex, while one in ten did it while in a relationship, unbeknownst to their partner.
Two thirds have sent sexual text messages to some, “often someone they were not in a relationship with,” the U.K. Sun reports.
And a whopping two thirds of Brits aged 18-45 have sexted someone, often someone they were not in a relationship with.
Finally, all this sexting or potential sexting seems to lead to a growing mistrust within relationships.
40 percent of those surveyed admitted they snooped on their partner’s phone activity, either because they feared they were being cheated on or they were “just being nosy.”
Over half of those who have snooped have been caught and gave the latter reason as a defence of their begaviour, while over one third say they did it because they didn’t trust their partners.