Frankie Boyle has addressed a controversial stand-up routine in which he joked about the rape and murder of TV presenter Holly Willoughby.
The outspoken Scottish comedian argued that the joke came in the wider context of discussing whether it was “okay” to make a similar joke.
Boyle, known for making provocative jokes throughout his career, made fun of Willoughby while performing at the Latitude Festival last week.
To daily mail, Boyle joked to the crowd: “I’d obviously kill her and rape her afterwards. I’m kidding – I’ll rape her first.”
The publication claims that Boyle was questioned over the material by an audience member at the Waterstones launch event for his new novel. meanwhile,
“Can I just say, my routine about rape and f***ing Holly Willoughby was part of a much longer routine about whether or not it was okay to joke about her,” he reportedly said.
“I look at it from both sides, there are pluses and minuses.”
Frankie Boyle’s New World Order The star also said that his comedy was “in the eye of the beholder”.
independent Boyle’s representative has been contacted for further comment.
Earlier this year, comedian Jimmy Carr faced a strong public outcry over a joke in his Netflix special their dark materialwhich described the death of passengers in the Holocaust as a “positive” thing.