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An Australian comedian recently was left shocked and had to rethink his jokes after finding out that Prince Philip had died while he was busy mocking him on stage.

The comedian, Lewis Spears, who is known as "infamous for his confident, dark and dangerous material", according to his website, was left stunned during his performance at his show Back in the Trenches at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival on 9 April.

Spears joked about recent headlines made by the royal family, saying: "I saw one headline that was like, 'Has the royal family lost touch with the commoners?' Yes! What gave it away, was it The Crown? Was it the cape, the throne, or was it when they invented the term commoner?"

Spears then threw the spotlight on one specific royal member, Prince Philip, which prompted awkward laughter from the audience. The comedian joked that the royal was so old he had "invented racism".

One audience member shouted from the crowd "He just died". Shocked Spears then asked "What?" Spears then took a phone from a member of the audience and read the official statement from Queen Elizabeth. 

"Can I just say, a bit overdue," the comedian added before continuing his set. 

"Are we sure he died today? I reckon he died 10 years ago and they wheel him out attached to strings at special events."

The video of Spear’s show was posted on his YouTube channel and soon went viral.

One of the viewers commented that: "Lewis roasted him so hard that he died of embarrassment before the joke was even told". Another added, "And here folks, we have what is quite possibly the greatest example of comedic timing in the history of comedy."

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