This prankster just handed Theresa May her P45 — here’s how he pulled off a similar stunt on Donald Trump

Meet British comedian Simon Brodkin, also known as Lee Nelson. He pranks powerful people whom he believes need to be brought back down to earth with a “funny bump.”

Simon Brodkin, AKA Lee Nelson.

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He just stormed the stage at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester to hand British Prime Minister Theresa May her P45.

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You may also know him best for this moment when he showered former FIFA boss Sepp Blatter in bank notes. It was a pretty good metaphor for the crippling corruption scandal engulfing FIFA in 2015.

British comedian known as Lee Nelson (unseen) throws banknotes at FIFA President Sepp Blatter as he arrives for a news conference after the Extraordinary FIFA Executive Committee Meeting at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland July 20, 2015. World football's troubled governing body FIFA will vote for a new president, to replace Sepp Blatter, at a special congress to be held on February 26 in Zurich, the organisation said on Monday.

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Donald Trump was Brodkin’s number one target last year. After hearing that the US president was making a flying visit to Scotland to open his Turnberry golf resort, the comedian seized his opportunity.

His plan was captured for Channel 4 documentary “Britain’s Greatest Hoaxer.” This is the story of how he out-foxed the Secret Service and punked the president.


Donald Trump loves opening his golf courses — so much so, he has curtain-raising ritual.

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He walks to the first hole, makes a speech, cuts a ribbon, and then tees off.


This was the starting point for Brodkin’s prank plan.

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Then he drove up to Scotland to scope out the golf course.

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Snooping on the first hole at Turnberry, he was nearly rumbled.

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Back at base, Brodkin brainstormed his stunt. He toyed with a few ideas…

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Not bad …

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And the winner is …

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The golf balls were his favourite, so Brodkin had some made up.

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Brodkin still had no idea what Trump’s actual plan was until he had a stroke of luck.

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Trump’s itinerary was published on the members’ section of the Turnberry website. But there was a snag, Trump was doing the grand opening on the ninth, rather than first hole.

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Brodkin headed to Turnberry the night before Trump was in town. He checked into a pre-booked room at the resort and hid the swastika golf balls under the bed.

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To avoid detection, he left Trump’s hotel and stayed the night in a local bed and breakfast.

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25 June 2016. Trump lands in Scotland.

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Security swarmed the area. One guard was stood outside Brodkin’s B&B.

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Brodkin got into his disguise as a hotel employee and set off for the golf course.

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Blagging his way past Scottish police, the Secret Service and Trump’s personal bodyguards, Brodkin got into the resort.

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He went back into his hotel room and grabbed the bag with the golf balls. Then, it was on to the ninth hole, where he waited for Trump with the world’s press.

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Trump arrived and took to the lectern.

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Then the moment of truth. Brodkin lobs the swastika golf balls in Trump’s direction.

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“Those are the new balls you ordered,” Brodkin said. “Available from the club house.”


Trump was not amused.

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Brodkin was arrested on the spot.


But Trump was surrounded by the swastika balls for 20 minutes before they were collected by his security.

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Brodkin was released four hours later on the condition he got “the hell out of Scotty-land.” The police even gave him a ride to Glasgow airport.

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You can watch the stunt in full here.

The whole Channel 4 documentary, “Britain’s Greatest Hoaxer,” is available on All 4. It was produced by Avalon Television.