Simon Amstell roasts the Evening Standard (ahead of hosting their awards)

Simon Amstell roasts the Evening Standard (ahead of hosting their awards)
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Next week the Evening Standard will hold their British Film Awards after a three year hiatus. The exclusive do will be take place at the BBC's old television building in White City where actors including Charlotte Rampling, Michael Fassbender and Dame Maggie Smith will compete for gongs.

Happily for those whose invites have been lost in the post, the host of the awards Simon Amstell offered attendees at a comedy gig in Hammersmith a sneak preview of his set last night:

'I don't have any jokes but I am hosting the Evening Standard British film awards next week so I thought that I'd see if some of those jokes are funny.'

Amstell then went on to give a run through of his planned awards speech. Alas Mr S suspects that parts of it may not be quite what the paper's editor Sarah Sands is after:

'Hello and welcome to the Evening Standard British Film Awards. That's right, the biggest night of the film calendar. I know there's also the Oscars, and the Golden Globes and the Baftas but have any of them got the full backing of a regional newspaper that's free?'

Amstell then made a joke hinting at reports that Jimmy Savile sexually assaulted victims in the building where the dinner is taking place:

'How wonderful to be here in the iconic BBC TV centre. Of course this building is famous for it's decades of great television and why dwell on anything else that happened here.'

Before pointing out the lack of black actors on the film awards shortlist:

'Now the Oscars have faced boycotting over their lack of diversity so I just can't help thinking 'what are they doing?'. Well, Idris Elba is here so job done.'

No doubt Sands and the rest of the Standard team will take the comments in good humour.

Written bySteerpike

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