Who is Joe Lycett? Controversial appearance on BBC politics show goes viral

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Who is Joe Lycett? Controversial appearance on BBC politics show goes viral

Comedian Joe Lycett is a much-loved personality who has taken centre stage once again.

The 34-year-old, who has been openly critical of the Tory Government, pretended to be “right-wing” during an appearance on Laura Kuenssberg’s new BBC politics show on Sunday morning (September 4).

He was asked by Kuennsberg about the strength of Liz Truss’s position as the leadership race comes to an end. Earlier, Truss refused to set out the specifics of how she would help people with soaring energy costs, despite saying she would act “within one week”.

Instead of criticising Truss, Lycett decided to praise the frontrunner against Rishi Sunak, which left audiences and fellow panellists - Labour’s Emily Thornberry and former Number 10 staffer Cleo Watson - in giggles.

He said: “I’m actually very right-wing and I love it,” He continued: “I thought she gave great clear answers. I know exactly what she’s up to.”

Lycett’s response quickly went viral on social media.

This isn’t the first time the comedian has received attention for his controversial behaviour. But who is Lycett and what is he best known for?

Who is Joe Lycett?

Lycett is a comedian and television presenter, best known for his appearances on 8 Out of 10 Cats, Live at the Apollo, Taskmaster, and QI.

He honed his craft as a student at Manchester University, where he studied English and Drama. He eventually made his debut as a stand-up comedian in 2012 with Some Lycett Hot, which was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards.

In his early years as a comedian, Lycett toured with Jim Davidson. The two became friends despite Davidson’s offensive jokes. Around this same time, Lycett began making more appearances on television shows, such as Celebrity Juice, Dirty Digest, Sunday Brunch, Live at the Apollo, and radio shows such as The Comedian’s Comedian with Stuart Goldsmith, and My Dad Wrote a Porno.

More recently, he has hosted his own comedy programmes: Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back, Joe Lycett vs the Oil Giant, Joe Lycett’s Big Pride Party, and Joe Lycett: Summer Exhibitionist.

Controversial stunts

The comedian’s career has involved quite a few controversial stunts.

Last month, while hosting the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Birmingham, the comedian took the opportunity to throw a dig at the UK Government’s immigration policy.

“I’m going to do something now that the British Government doesn’t always do, and welcome some foreigners – this time from the region of Asia.”

The Birmingham-born comic later retweeted a clip of the moment and captioned it “soz @pritipatel just a bit of banter tehehe.”

The comedian was briefly known as Hugo Boss when he changed his name by deed poll to protest against the fashion brand. He revealed on Twitter it was done “to raise awareness about the fact that fashion behemoth Hugo Boss have issued cease and desist letters to small businesses that have the word ‘Boss’ in their name, including independent Swansea brewery Boss Brewing.’