Police called on Joe Lycett for offensive joke

The comedian revealed on Instagram that the authorities had been forced to investigate after an official complaint

Comedy is subjective, and every joke a comedian tells isn’t always going to be for everyone. That said, an audience member on Joe Lycett’s most recent tour had something of an extreme reaction to a punchline. They found a joke which referenced a “giant donkey d**k” so upsetting that they reported Lycett to the police.

The comedian was forced to give a statement to the police, who responded shortly after with an email reassuring him that the matter was closed. Lycett detailed the whole story over on his Instagram.

“So, someone came to my tour show a few weeks back and was offended by one of the jokes,” he wrote. “And their perfectly understandable response to this was… to call the f**king police.”

He continued: “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**k’ into a message to a police detective.

“Charmed, and hopefully amused, the rozzers have since closed the matter. You’ll be pleased to know that 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,” he finished.

You can catch Joe Lycett on his UK tour this September. Get tickets here.