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The comedic cannonball was the recipient of the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy, presented by
The woman was said to be an actress who'd appeared with Chaplin during the silent era. She gave Baron Cohen the cane, saying: "This is Charlie's actual cane from 'City Lights.' This is for you."
Awesome, right? Sweet as pie.
So Baron Cohen starts into a Chaplin imitation that goes awry when the cane snaps in two, the actor falls into the wheelchair and the wheelchair rockets off the stage. (See it in the video above)
Oops. Cue stunned audience reaction, followed by laughter as folks figured out what was going on.
Baron Cohen returned to the stage, staying with the gag: "This is obviously a tragedy, but on the bright side, what a great way to go," he said.
"Try and sue!" he told relatives of "Grace Cullington," according to Movies Now. "She's dead. Get over it."
Movies Now reported that the only Cullington to work with Chaplin during the silent era had a different first name and died in 1925. Chaplin himself died in 1977.
Baron Cohen, of course, will likely keep killing it for years to come.