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21st Jun 2022

Joe Lycett reveals audience member called the police after finding joke too offensive

Charlie Herbert

Joe Lycett reported to police by audience member for joke

He said the joke was ‘one of the best I’ve ever written’

Joe Lycett has revealed he was reported to the police by an audience member at one of his shows who found a joke too offensive.

The comedian explained the bizarre tale on Tuesday, saying that the matter had now been closed by police who were “very nice about it.”

In a post on social media, he wrote: “So someone came to my tour show a few weeks back and was offended by one of the jokes. And their perfectly understandable response to this was… to call the f*****g police.

“To be fair to them, the fuzz were very nice about it and all but felt that had a duty to investigate. This involved me writing a statement explaining the context of the joke for them.”

And he assured fans that the joke, which he labelled “one of the best” he’s ever written, was still in the show on his tour.

He joked that his tour “continues until September, unless I am jailed.”

As part of the investigation into the joke, Lycett described his amusement at having to write the words “giant donkey d**k” into a message to a detective.

He also shared a screenshot of an email from the police thanking him for his cooperation and letting him know that they “now consider this matter closed.”

One fan said they saw Lycett the night after the incident in question and voiced their relief that the “giant donkey d**k is intact.”

It’s yet another eventful tale from the career of Lycett.

On this tour – Joe Lycett: More, More, More! How Do You Lycett? How Do You Lycett? – he has already caused mischief by using the face of fellow comedian James Acaster on posters to sell tickets as part of an “experiment to see if my face was a deterrent to the British public and if his face would sell more tickets for my show.”

And in March 2020, he legally changed his name to Hugo Boss, in protest against the German fashion brand sending cease-and-desist letter to small businesses and charities who are also using the word “boss” in their names.

He eventually changed his name back a month and a half later.

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