Baron Cohen cracks Savile gag at Comedy Awards - Daily TV round-up

Ali G star courts controversy with a gold tracksuit

Sacha Baron Cohen cracked a controversial gag about Jimmy Savile while appearing as his character Ali G at the British Comedy Awards last night.

Ali G... cracks risky Savile joke (Copyright: Rex)

The comic appeared in a gold lamé tracksuit to accept the Outstanding Achievement gong from Sir Ben Kingsley – who turned in an off-the-cuff impression of the leader of the Staines Massive.

Emblazoned on the back of the tracksuit was the word 'Savile'.

“Can you believe it's been ten years since I's been on the telly? Times has been tough means me now well skint. These day I has got to buy me tracksuits from second hand shops,” he said.

After turning to reveal the name, he added: “I ain't never even heard of this label.”

He also cracked jokes about Kate Middleton's pregnancy, but despite media attention over the Savile gag, it was largely well-received.

It's not the first time Cohen has courted controversy. He was called 'beyond tasteless' in the US after he made a joke about 9/11 during his TV debut.

“Nuff sadness since the events of 7/11,” he said, a reference to the US convenience store.

Meanwhile, other winners at the awards show included 'The Thick of It' which won two gongs, and another for Harry Hill, who won best Comedy Entertainment Programme for 'TV Burp'. [Daily Mail]

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