Comedian's awkward on-air gaffe on The Project

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Comedian Melanie Bracewell made an embarrassing on-air gaffe while appearing on The Project to promote her Australian tour.

The award-winning Kiwi, who performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, was telling the panel a story when she awkwardly let the F-bomb slip.

"I was struck down with Covid halfway through the festival, which was a nightmare," she said.

"Then I came out [of isolation] and I was like, 'Oh, I'm going to live it up', and I went to a restaurant, and the first night I went out, I choked on calamari at dinner and I went 'F***, this will be a way to..."

Melanie Bracewell apologises profusely after dropping the F-bomb on air. Source: The Project
Melanie Bracewell apologises profusely after dropping the F-bomb on air. Source: The Project

Having realised her on-air blunder, Melanie put her hands to her mouth and apologised profusely as the crowd and panellists laughed.

"Oh my God," she said. "I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry. I'm allowed to say that on my TV show but not your one, oh no."

The Project host Waleed Aly then quipped: "For all those people in the street asking, 'Do you pre-record..."

Melanie went on to say she had never done that before, "but I was so relaxed with you guys".

The Project host Waleed Aly reacts to the on-air blunder. Source: The Project
The Project host Waleed Aly reacts to the on-air blunder. Source: The Project

Host Peter Helliar then tried to move past the gaffe, saying, "Back to the calamari".

"I don't know if you want to know," Melanie laughed.

"I was at a restaurant and I was with a friend who is one of those people who's not great in a crisis and so I was choking on the calamari, my sort of version of Squid Game ... I couldn't properly breathe and he sort of said, 'What do you want me to do, should I give you a pat', and then a waiter came over and they went, 'Do you need some help?' and he said, 'Nah, we're good', so I had to pull it out and then I went and did my comedy festival show, so it was beautiful."

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When asked how the show went, she joked, "Great, I swore heaps".

The panellist then asked about her news parody show, The Cheap Seats, and she joked she swore on The Project in an attempt to get it cancelled so she could rise in the ratings.

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