Robbie Williams steals joke from Edinburgh festival?

Robbie Williams has received rave reviews for last night’s comeback show - but also been accused of nicking a gag from a top Edinburgh fringe comedian.

The Bodies star performed at London’s Roundhouse as part of the Electric Proms, performing hits including his latest single, Angels, No Regrets and Millennium, as well as tracks from new album Reality Killed The Video Star.

The reviews have been unanimously full of praise, with the Daily Telegraph saying he “reminded pop what it's been missing”, The Times noting that Robbie gave “a small venue in north London the surprise of its life” and the Daily Mirror calling the performance “spine-tingling”.

However, a number of publications have focused in on his quip in the introduction to Feel.

Robbie joked: “I’m sure my aunt’s looking down on me now. She’s not dead; she’s just really condescending.”

The joke itself is almost identical to one by Jack Whitehall, which came fifth in a list by TV channel Dave to find the funniest joke of this year's Edinburgh Fringe. 

It went: "I'm sure wherever my dad is; he's looking down on us. He's not dead, just very condescending."

Whitehall has recently become better known after hosting Big Brother's Big Mouth, Celebrity Big Brother and the TNT Show.  He was nominated for Best Newcomer this year at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards.

Appropriating other people’s jokes isn’t a new phenomenon, so the revelation is unlikely to take away from the rave reviews that Williams has received, especially come after his X Factor performance, which was judged by many to be below par.

Robbie denied rumours that he was "trashed" during his comeback performance, a report claimed. Fans flooded internet forums with messages after the singer seemed "wide-eyed and hyperactive" after singing Bodies.

Robbie wrote on his official blog that he was thrown off his stride by a malfunction on The X Factor set.

He explained: "I wasn't as nervous as I thought I was going to be... until the sliding door wouldn't open".

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