Jimmy Carr's dad calls for comedian to be stripped of honour over joke that 'crossed the line'

Jim Carr said his son owed a 'sincere apology' over comments made in his book

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Jimmy Carr's dad has called for the comedian to be stripped of an honour bestowed upon him unless he apologises for a joke that "crossed the line".

Carr the comedian was given the Certificate of Irish Heritage in 2013, with his parents both coming from the city of Limerick.

But his dad has objected to jokes his son made about his Irish heritage and the potato famine.

Carr senior now believes the mayor of Limerick should strip him of the honour unless he issues an apology.

He said: "He’s one sick comedian, literally and metaphorically. It looks like it anyway.

Jimmy Carr
Jimmy Carr

"Leave all that aside, I don’t want somebody writing that about Limerick in a book.”

Jimmy had written in his book Before & Laughter about his parents coming from Limerick.

He wrote: "I might seem urbane, but I’m the son of two immigrants from Limerick who moved to Slough (they moved from a s*** town to another s*** town, I guess they knew what they liked).”

Jimmy Carr arriving for the UK premiere of Operation Mincemeat at the Curzon Mayfair cinema in central London
Jimmy Carr arriving for the UK premiere of Operation Mincemeat at the Curzon Mayfair cinema in central London

Jim Carr also objects to a joke his son made about the potato famine, where he write: "How many potatoes does it take to kill an Irishman?"

Jim Carr also told the Limerick Leader: "“It’s the style of his comedy, I am not shocked or surprised that my son referred to Limerick and Slough.

"He is, after all, a shock jock. His defence will be ‘they are only words, I’m only having a laugh’. But there are people reading that Limerick is a s*** town and Slough is a s*** town."

He added: "The Famine - that’s our Holocaust for God’s sake."

Carr senior added that he loved his son, but he was sullying his name.

Jimmy Carr is yet to respond to the remarks made by his dad.