He took immediate direct action to protect his jokes, grabbing the phone and smashing it on the floor. Defending the rights of comedians, Hurst called it. Criminal damage, Guildford magistrates called it, and fined him £60.
Outside the court, Mr Hurst said: "People should stop filming people at live gigs. When you go to watch a film you get adverts from the Federation Against Copyright Theft, but comedians aren't protected so they are taking the law into their own hands. I don't regret what I did. I have to defend myself. The public probably don't know that every time you send a joke text someone has written that, and they deserve credit.""