Nick Swardson addresses disastrous standup show, theater apologizes

Nick Swardson is promising to “make it up” to fans after a disastrous standup show ended in refunds being offered.

The comedian’s performance on Sunday at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek, Colorado, was cut short, with Swardson being removed from the stage to the sound of boos, videos shared on social media showed.

USA TODAY has reached out to representatives for Swardson for comment.

In one clip of the show posted on X, formerly Twitter, Swardson is seen promising to do an impression of Jason Statham from “The Beekeeper” but repeatedly saying “here we go” as restless audience members boo and heckle him. “Do you want me to finish this, or no?” he asks after more than a minute of setup, and people are heard shouting back, “No!”

Comedian Nick Swardson performs at the Dusted Company Comedy Show at The Ice House Comedy Club on Dec. 29, 2023 in Pasadena, California. A few months later during the first weekend of March, Swardson was escorted off stage 20 minutes into a set at a venue in Beaver Creek, Colorado.

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In another video, Swardson is seen being escorted off the stage after the lights in the auditorium are turned on. A man identifying himself as the director of operations at the theater then comes out to announce, “We’ve decided to conclude the show early in the best interest of those who bought tickets. We apologize for what you’ve seen tonight. Please email the box office. We’ll be responding to inquiries and processing credits and refunds.”

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