Imagine going to a comedy club and not knowing if the comic dying was part of the show. That's what happened to fans who went to see British comedian Ian Cognito last week.
The 60-year-old comic sat down on a stool while breathing heavily, before falling silent for five minutes during his show. The audience had looked on and had no idea if what they were watching was part of the show. Eventually, medics were called to the comedy club and he was pronounced dead at the scene. He died of a heart attack.
Cognito, whose real name was Paul Barbieri, never achieved wide fame but was highly respected locally and among fellow comedians. No word on if patrons were issued refunds.