Police investigate Joe Lycett over ‘offensive’ joke during tour

Comedian Joe Lysette he was approached by the police after one of the viewers found one of his jokes “offensive”.

The 33-year-old said he considered the joke “one of the best” he had ever written, but was still forced to defend it in front of investigating police.


A viewer called the police to stand-up comedian Joe Lycett.1 credit

Joe had to write a letter to “explain the context” of a joke after a member of the audience caught him after seeing him perform live.

“So, someone came to my road show a few weeks ago and was offended by one of the jokes. And their perfectly understandable response to that was… call the damn police,” Joe said on his social media.

“For this, I wrote a statement explaining the context of the joke to them; I especially liked inserting the words “giant donkey cock” into the message to the police detective.

Fascinated and hopefully amused, the Rozzers have since closed the matter.

“You will be pleased to know that what I consider to be one of the best jokes I have ever written is firmly and proudly on the show.

“The tour will run until September if I don’t go to jail.”

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Along with his post, the comedian shared a screenshot of an email sent by the police saying they “now consider this case closed.”

He added on Twitter: “It was very well received, but I felt compelled to investigate.”

Joe’s fans were quick to congratulate him on not getting into trouble with RuPaul’s drag queen, Ginny Lemon, saying she had a similar experience.

“I once said the S-word at Worcestershire Pride and they called the police. One of the highlights of my life 💛,” she wrote.

Another fan wrote, “Can’t wait to hear this 🙊.”

And some fans shared their opinion on the joke: “What a shame it would be to remove this joke. Saw you last Wednesday in Cardiff and every time I saw an object related to this joke (no spoilers here)… . Love! Thanks for a great show! ❤️”

Joe is no stranger to controversy, recently revealing he once left the stage in shame after telling a joke about the missing Madeleine McCann.

Madeleine disappeared while on holiday in Portugal in 2007 at the age of three.

Joe said that while at university he was performing at a club when he was kicked off the stage.

Live At The Apollo star Joe told the Changes podcast, “People stand up and the audience has cards.

“If they don’t like you, they put up a card and they beat you.

“I had one joke about Madeleine.

“Silence was the reaction of the audience. I didn’t get fired, I just left.

“I was upset. The friends there didn’t want to be with me.

“I thought comedy was saying something shocking.”

The comedian decided to retire, hosting fans of The Great British Sewing Bee after three years.

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In early 2022, he announced on his Twitter that he would not be returning to the show as he felt it was “the right time”.

Joe is also known for his appearances on TV shows such as Live at the Apollo, Testmaster, Ignore the Buzzcocks, 8 Out of 10 Cats, and QI.

The man complained that he found Joe's joke


The man complained that he found Joe’s joke “offensive”.Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Joe shared an email the police sent him confirming the case was closed.


Joe shared an email the police sent him confirming the case was closed.Credit: Unknown, clearly with photo table.
Joe hosted The Great British Sewing Bee for three years.


Joe hosted The Great British Sewing Bee for three years.Credit: BBC/Love Productions.

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