Some of Britain's top comedians and Ben Elton have rallied round Abu Izzadeen, the Muslim preacher who was arrested for heckling John Reid.
Izzadeen disrupted a controversial routine by Reid about Muslim mother-in-laws during a show last September. He is understood to have shouted "get off baldy" and "f**k off back to Scotland if you don't like it, then!"
Chubby funster, Ricky Gervais released a statement yesterday in defence of Izzadeen's actions. "Of course this will be painted with a sensationalist, anti-Islam slant by the mass media but it seems perfectly obvious to me that Abu was, like me, sick and tired of enduring John Reid's atrocious timing and obvious punchlines."
Madcap entertainer, Lee Evans agrees: "I've sat through hours of John Reid's material without laughing once. I, for one, am glad that Abu Izzadeen has made this stand so that I can admit that I've never got Reid's jokes either."
An unlikely voice of accord also came from booze-soaked Tory boy, Jim Davidson, who said "I thought it was a generational thing, and I'm glad to see that younger people are just as mystified as me by this so-called new-wave comedy. I've no time for any of them: Reeves and Mortimer, Little Britain, Kofi Annan, they're all too wacky for me I'm afraid."
Reid did get some support though, from another out of favour entertainer, Gary Glitter, who released a statement from his cell in Vietnam stating that "John Reid's comic genius and funny voice have got me through many a bleak moment. I can well remember laughing so hard at his prison overcrowding routine that I nearly dropped the boy I was abusing."
Reports have been circling for some time that Reid is actually a character created and scripted by satirist, Chris Morris. Morris denies these claims saying "I wouldn't even know where to start in creating a character like that."
Reid will endure a hostile crowd at his next gig, headlining a session of parliament, especially as he is due to follow Britain's favourite clown, John Prescott.