'There's some riff raff sitting here!' Watch the hilarious moment David Walliams demands to see Prince Charles and Camilla's tickets at Royal Variety Show
It is the revered royal tradition steeped in over 100 years of history.
But David Walliams refused to bow to protocol at the Royal Variety Show this week as he brought Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in on the joke.
The comic took his hosting gig away from the stage and invaded the royal box during the annual performance, which aired on ITV on Tuesday night.
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No VIPs here: David Walliams refused to bow to protocol at the Royal Variety Show this week as he demanded to see tickets from Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
Dressed as a theatre usher, Walliams shuffles past the well dressed guests with a gaggle of latecomers, shouting: 'Excuse me, can you move your handbag please, sir.'
Making his way to the edge of the royal box, he bellows at the future monarch: 'Can I see your tickets please?'
Prince Charles guffaws at his joke, while a bemused Camilla appears less than impressed at being dragged into the spotlight.
Turning back to his group, the funnyman exclaims: 'There's some riff raff here sitting in your seats. These people have paid good money for... Oh, Megadeath - that's tomorrow night!'
In on the joke: The comic took his hosting gig away from the stage and invaded the royal box during the annual performance, which aired on ITV on Tuesday night
'Riff raff': Making his way to the edge of the royal box, he bellows at the future monarch: 'Can I see your tickets please?'
Good sport: Prince Charles guffaws at his joke and jokingly hands over his programme, while a bemused Camilla appears less than impressed at being dragged into the spotlight
One is not impressed: Camilla managed a wry smile while her husband found the gag hysterical
Royally rude: Turning back to his group, the funnyman exclaims: 'There's some riff raff here sitting in your seats'
Are you on TV? Before angrily guiding the revellers back out, he turns back to the pair and quips: 'Can I just say I've just recognised you and it's an honour to meet you - it's Steph and Dom from Gogglebox!'
Before angrily guiding the revellers back out, he turns back to the pair and quips: 'Can I just say I've just recognised you and it's an honour to meet you - it's Steph and Dom from Gogglebox!'
It wasn't the only point in the evening that Walliams poked fun at a British institution.
Crashing the Women's Institute's segment of the show, the joker came up with a Little Britain meets Calendar Girls hybrid sketch.
Taking the stage in nothing but a pair of flesh-coloured pants - with some strategically placed iced buns to protect his modesty.
The royal company did not appear to bother the comedian, who stripped almost completely naked for a joke involving Take That's Gary Barlow.
Those sitting at the back of the Eventim Apollo might be forgiven for thinking the comedian was totally nude, though he was actually wearing oversized underwear.
His risqué appearance was a reference to the hit 2003 film Calendar Girls, in which a group of women pose semi-naked for a calendar, as Barlow's new musical is based on the same story.
What a tea-se! It wasn't the only point in the evening that Walliams poked fun at a British institution - he also crashed the Women's Institute's segment
All forgiven: Camilla enjoyed a chat with Walliams after the show - despite his informal attire
Leader of the pack: Gary Barlow could have been missed amongst the cast of The Girls
Sharing the stage with the cast of The Girls, Walliams, 45, joked that he had assumed all the actresses would be scantily clad so he wanted to look like them.
Yet the women were unable to hide their shock at his daring outfit, which was accessorised with pearl earrings and a pearl necklace.
An ITV spokesman confirmed that no one had been warned about Walliams' plans for the joke, other than members of the production team, so that reactions were genuine.
Hilarious: David had Take That's Gary in stitches with his scantily-clad display
Having a laugh: He managed to keep a straight face, himself, despite being dressed in flesh-coloured underwear
The variety show was recorded last week but will be shown on ITV on Tuesday night, with guests including Barry Gibb, Sting and Emeli Sandé.
The magician Lance Corporal Richard Jones, who won Britain's Got Talent, is understood to have involved Prince Charles in his act.
Walliams previously hosted the event in 2012, which was attended by the Queen.
He said of the event: 'You have to keep control of your nerves. But I'm glad I have been asked to host it again – there are a lot of great people who could do it. I wouldn't want to be the person who did it once and was never asked back!
Laugh out loud: Even Gary couldn't seem to keep his composure
'The show is a tremendous laugh. Last year, Jack Whitehall made loads of jokes about Prince Harry.
'Later on, I met the Prince and asked him: "How long have you and Jack been pals?" They weren't. Jack just felt it was okay to be mischievous and tease Harry – and he was right. Some royal events can be stuffy, but this is a lot more fun. It's a magical experience.'
For Tuesday's show, the Little Britain star was lowered on to the Royal Albert Hall stage wearing a jet pack for an evening of James Bond-themed entertainment to mark 50 years of the 007 film franchise.
When he was asked to host for a second time, he said he was 'very honoured and excited'.
'I'm a lady': David (right) was famous for playing the 'lady' Emily Howard in Little Britain, alongside Matt Lucas' Florence
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