Comedian dies during performance

Fellow comedians confirmed the news on social media and have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to Cognito, including Jimmy Carr.

Cognito, 60, was in the middle of his performance when he went to sit down, the BBC.

He then reportedly “laid back for five minutes” during the show and audience members thought it was part of his act as they continued to laugh.

Ian Cognito passed away during a performance. Picture: TwitterSource:Supplied

“We came out feeling really sick. We just sat there for five minutes watching him, laughing at him,” audience member John Ostojak told the BBC.

When it was evident that it wasn’t part of the act, staff member called an ambulance as other employees performed CPR.

Cognito, whose real name was Paul Barbieri, was well-respected in the comedy world, and has been performing stand up since the mid-80s, according to the BBC.

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