Comic Investigated By Police After Viewers Member Offended By Joke


By Nathan Kamal
| 10 seconds in the past

Joe Lycett

British comic Joe Lycett has reported that the police had been known as on him after an viewers member at a present discovered one among his jokes offensive. Lycett described the state of affairs on social media, together with using the phrase that was discovered offensive; we’re together with the particular Tweet beneath, so use warning for those who assume that you simply would possibly end up offended by salty comedic language. Joe Lycett didn’t particularly say which present on his ongoing Extra, Extra, Extra! How Do You Lycett? How Do You Lycett? Tour, however that the police and he had been in touch and now thought-about the matter closed. 

Joe Lycett maintained a jovial tone in his description of the occasion by which an viewers member at a comedy present discovered comedy offensive to the purpose of involving regulation enforcement, however that it occurred in any respect is one thing of a marker of present cultural battles. The debates over free speech, artistry, and public obscenity are as hotly debated as they’ve ever been, with standup comedians in some way having turn into a cultural speaking level. Among the most well-known comedians on the earth, like Dave Chappelle and Ricky Gervais, have altered their materials and public personas to prominently promote themselves as proponents of unfettered free speech. Joe Lycett is just not fairly on the identical degree of cultural ubiquity as these two, however the thought of calling the police over a crude joke is frankly fairly weird. 

Nonetheless, the police being known as on Joe Lycett for his colourful use of language is just not remotely the worst factor to occur to a performing comic as of late. Earlier this yr, Dave Chappelle was attacked on stage whereas performing on the Hollywood Bowl; whereas he was not injured, it was nonetheless a horrifying second and frightened comedians and performers alike. Then there was the immediately infamous incident on the Academy Awards when movie star Will Smith walked on stage and slapped comic Chris Rock for making a joke on the expense of Jada Pinkett-Smith. He then proceeded to yell at Chris Rock as soon as he returned to his seat; it grew to become an infinite a part of cultural dialogue for months after and resulted in Will Smith being eliminated as an Academy Member. In comparison with that, Joe Lycett bought off fairly straightforward. 

Whoever known as the cops on Joe Lycett is at present unknown, as was their response in the intervening time to the joke. It does seem to be fairly a waste of presidency sources and time, contemplating the joke doesn’t seem to have been encouraging violence, transphobia, misogyny, or racism in any particular means. And until the British authorized system could be very, very completely different from the American one, telling a joke on is just not towards the regulation in any means (although maybe a few of the much less humorous jokes may very well be.) We will solely count on that Joe Lycett will determine a method to flip this very odd incident into one other a part of his routine, although hopefully the ensuing bit doesn’t trigger any additional police involvement.


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