'Britain's Greatest Hoaxer' who gave prime minister a P45 and threw cash over FIFA president heading to Sheffield

A determined prankster who handed the Prime Minister a P45, stormed the main stage at Glastonbury and showered FIFA’s ex-president with banknotes is coming to Sheffield.

Thursday, 12th December 2019, 3:30 pm

Comedian Simon Brodkin, who once had a BBC series in the guise of his ‘happy-go-lucky chav’ character Lee Nelson, is appearing at The Leadmill on April 12, 2020 as part of his debut stand-up tour, titled 100% Simon Brodkin.

The show, which ran at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, is billed as a chance to see Brodkin open up and ‘unleash his funniest creation yet – himself’.

Brodkin hit the headlines in 2015 when he gained access to a press conference at football governing body FIFA’s headquarters in Switzerland and threw a pile of US dollars over the organisation’s then president Sepp Blatter, joking that it formed part of an attempt to stage the 2026 World Cup in North Korea. He was later charged with trespassing, while Blatter is currently banned from football activities.

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Simon Brodkin holds fake dollars next to FIFA president Sepp Blatter during a press conference on July 20, 2015 in Zurich. Picture: FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images
Simon Brodkin holds fake dollars next to FIFA president Sepp Blatter during a press conference on July 20, 2015 in Zurich. Picture: FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images

Two years later, during a faltering Conservative party conference speech by Theresa May, Brodkin approached the then prime minister and handed her a mocked-up P45, claiming: “Boris asked me to give this to you."

He strode on to the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury uninvited in 2015 to rap with Kanye West, distributed swastika-emblazoned golf balls at a Donald Trump speech in 2016 and has also gatecrashed Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor.

Many of his high-profile stunts featured in a Channel 4 programme, Britain's Greatest Hoaxer, in 2017.

Tickets, priced £20, are available at https://leadmill.co.uk or by calling 0114 272 7040. Doors 7pm.

Simon Brodkin delivers a piece of paper written as a mock P45 (an employee leaving form) to Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May as she delivers her speech on the final day of the Conservative Party annual conference at the Manchester Central Convention Centre on October 4, 2017. Picture: OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images
Sepp Blatter surrounded by banknotes thrown by Simon Brodkin on July 20, 2015 in Zurich, Switzerland. Picture: Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images
Simon Brodkin interrupts American singer Kanye West on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury on June 27, 2015. Picture: OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images