An individual reported comedian Joe Lycett for telling an offensive joke which led to a police investigation, the comedian announced Tuesday.
Police contacted Lycett to investigate, and the comedian then had to write a statement explaining the context of a joke about a “giant monkey dick,” he said in an Instagram post. Authorities recently confirmed that the investigation is officially closed.
“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 fucking police,” Lycett said on Instagram.
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— Joe Lycett (@joelycett) June 21, 2022
“To be fair to them the fuzz were very nice about it all but felt they had a duty to investigate,” the comedian continued. “This involved me writing a statement explaining the context of the joke for them; I particularly enjoyed putting the words ‘giant donkey dick’ into a message to a police detective.” (RELATED: Joe Rogan Says ‘Wokeness Killed’ Great Comedy Movies)
He also said the joke is still part of his comedy show which will continue “until September, unless I am jailed.”
“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,” Lycett said.
Comedians have been received backlash for telling politically incorrect jokes, most notably Dave Chapelle’s joke about transgenderism in his 2021 Netflix special “The Closer,” where he said he is joining author J.K. Rowling’s “Team TERF,” referencing an acronym for “trans-exclusionary radical feminist.” The comedian has repeatedly hit back against critics and refused an offer Tuesday from his alma mater, the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, to rename their performance theater after him due to students’ response to his Netflix special.