Police release statement on Joe Lycett being investigated for 'offensive joke’

The incident occurred on the first night of three gigs at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast earlier this month


A police force has released a statement on comedian Joe Lycett being investigated for making an "offensive joke" during his stand-up show.

Mr Lycett performed in Waterfront Hall in Belfast between June 8 and June 10 as part of his tour.

Police have now confirmed that the complaint came following the show on the first night.

Joe Lycett
Joe Lycett
Carl Frampton (right) has said he's "embarrassed of my city" following the investigation
Carl Frampton (right) has said he's "embarrassed of my city" following the investigation

Speaking on the matter, the Police Service of Northern Ireland said: “Enquiries were made and no offences were detected.”

Former boxing world champion Carl Frampton responded to the police’s statement by saying: “I've never been so embarrassed of my city.”

Lycett revealed the news in a post on Instagram yesterday, explained the context of the quip, which he said “hopefully amused” the audience member.

The stand-up comedian said: “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****** police.

“To be fair to them the fuzz were very nice about it all but felt they had a duty to investigate.

“This involved me writing a statement explaining the context of the joke for them; I particularly enjoyed putting the words ‘giant donkey d***’ into a message to a police detective.

“Charmed, and hopefully amused, the rozzers have since closed the matter.”

He added: “You’ll be pleased to know the joke – which I consider to be one of the best I’ve ever written – remains firmly and proudly in the show.

“The tour continues until September, unless I am jailed.”