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Frankie Boyle’s 6 most controversial jokes

Frankie Boyle has never been scared of a little controversy.

The Scottish comic, who currently hosts Frankie Boyle’s New World Order on the BBC, has long been renowned for his dark, sometimes offensive material.

Boyle’s image has softened over the years – from bullish Mock the Week shock comic to erudite left-wing satirist and now novelist.

However, he’s still capable of stirring controversy with some of his routines and button-pushing gags.

From crude remarks about the queen to quips that faced condemnation from disability charities, here is a breakdown of Boyle’s most scandalous jokes…

The following may contain material that some readers find offensive.

The Queen

In 2008, Boyle was investigated by the BBC Trust following complaints over a joke he made about Queen Elizabeth II on Mock the Week.

Impersonating the royal’s voice, he joked: “I’ve had a few medical problems this year. I’m now so old, that my p***y is haunted.”

The BBC Trust comittee ruled that the joke was sexist and ageist, but ultimately cleared the comedian of misconduct.

Harvey Price

Perhaps the most widely criticised material of Boyle’s career concerned then eight-year-old Harvey Price – the son of TV personality Katie Price – who has partial blindness, autism and Prader-Willi syndrome, a rare genetic condition that can cause physical issues and behavioural difficulties.

During a December 2010 episode of Boyle’s Channel 4 series Tramodol Nights, the comedian said: “Apparently Jordan [Katie Price] and Peter Andre are fighting each other over custody of Harvey. Well, eventually one of them’ll lose and have to keep him.

“I have a theory that Jordan married a cage fighter cause she needed someone strong enough to stop Harvey from f***ing her.”

The joke was condemned by viewers, activists and organisations including the learning disability charity Mencap, who branded Boyle’s comment “disgusting”.

Frankie Boyle rose to fame on the hit panel series ‘Mock the Week’

In a statement, Price said: “If Mr Boyle had a 10th of his courage and decency he would know that to suggest, let alone think funny, that Harvey may sexually attack me is vile and deeply unfair. To bully this unbelievably brave child is despicable, to broadcast it on television is to show a complete and utter lack of judgment.”

Ofcom later upheld complaints about the episode, deeming the comments ruling that the comments had considerable potential to be highly offensive.

Rebecca Adlington

In 2008, the comedian was criticised for jokes he made about swimmer and Olympic gold medalist Rebecca Adlington.

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