Russell Brand’s Amy Winehouse’s liver joke named greatest on-stage quip

Friday, February 12, 2010

LONDON - Comedian Russell Brand’s joke about the state of Amy Winehouse’s liver has topped a list of the greatest on-stage quips at the Brit Awards.

MySpace users were asked to choose from a shortlist of the most amusing and cringeworthy comments since the event began in 1977.

Brand, who hosted the show in 2007, landed the spot after he famously joked about the ‘Rehab’ singer: “Amy Winehouse - her surname’s beginning to sound like a description of her liver.”

Brand’s gag came ahead of Robbie Williams challenging Liam Gallagher to a punch-up as he stepped on stage to collect an award in 2000.

Liam stood third for his 1996 remark at host Chris Evans: “It will take more than Ginger Bollocks to throw us off.”

“The Brits are a national institution and millions of us tune in every year, not just to see who wins and who loses but to see who trips up on stage and who gives the wittiest speeches - the best of which linger in the memory long after the ceremony is over,” the Mirror quoted Will Francis, editor of MySpace UK, as saying.

Justin Timberlake came fourth in the list with his 2004 quip: “This is only my first record so you guys stick with me, we’ve got depression and drug addiction to go through.”

Bjork’s bizarre 1998 comment ‘I am a grateful grapefruit’ rounded off the top five. (ANI)

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