Danny Baker received a standing ovation at his first live show since he was fired from the BBC over a "racist" tweet.
The 61-year-old broadcaster was sacked from BBC Radio 5 Live on Tuesday after he tweeted a comment about the new member of the royal family with a photo of a suited chimpanzee.
He addressed the controversial tweet during the opening of his Theatre Royal show in Nottingham, telling the audience: “I genuinely didn't know what the atmosphere would be like tonight.
"When life deals you lemons, you chuck them at the people calling you racist."
He received a standing ovation at the end of the show.
Mr Baker added: "I've never been a sentimental sort. But I'm numb with gratitude tonight, I caught my wife in the break and you reduced her to a pile of tears."
He closed his set by saying: "I do want to say this and I'm not milking it but it's been one of the best nights of my career tonight. It really has."
Mr Baker earlier joked with the audience saying: "If anyone does want to the rush the stage, I'm a Millwall fan with a snooker cue".