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The Top Ten Purveyors of Embarrassing And Offensive Public Jokes

by | 3rd, December 2013

SIR Bradley Wiggins has apologised after cracking an unfortunate joke at the Firecracker Ball in aid of Barnado’s.

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Wiggo had donated a signed shirt and when his face appeared on the giant screen he turned to auctioneer Jon Hammond, and said: “You’ve got a posh voice, I like posh voices. Suck me off.”

Sir Bradley’s representatives say he had been enjoying ‘banter’ but that can’t stop us including him in our totally subjective Top Ten Purveyors of Embarrassing and/or Offensive Public Gags.


Ricky Gervais

Causing offence comes as naturally as breathing to Gervais, and he breathed freely as host of the Golden globes, managing to upset all and sundry, with some of his targets sitting in the audience.


He defended himself against various accusations, including ageism: I said “Congratulations to Hugh Hefner, who’s getting married at the age of 84 to 24-year-old beauty Crystal Harris. When she was asked why she was marrying him she said, ‘Because he lied about his age. He told me he was 94.’ Ageist? I don’t think so. I was suggesting that maybe the romance was based on something other than love.”


Reginald D Hunter

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This year’s Professional Footballers’ Association awards dinner was thrown into hand-wringing chaos when the black American comedian used the word ‘nigger’ repeatedly throughout his routine.

“There were anti-Jewish jokes, there were anti-women jokes, there were anti-Irish jokes, there was the repeat use of the ‘N’ word.’ said PFA Deputy Chief executive Bobby Barnes. “If you were looking for a scenario of absolutely everything we wouldn’t want on the night, I think you had a montage there. This went so far over the boundary, it was totally unacceptable on every level, quite honestly.”

Chairman Clarke Carlisle described the choice of Hunter as a “gross error of judgement” and “embarrassing”.


Roy Hodgson

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Immediately after England’s victory over Poland, which saw them qualify for next year’s World Cup, the team’s mild-mannered manager found himself in hot water after a leak from within the England dressing room suggested that he had caused offence by telling an ill-judged joke about an astronaut and a monkey in order to illustrate his tactical instructions. These instructions were to give the ball to Andros Townsend at every opportunity or, in the words of the joke’s punch-line, ‘feed the monkey’. The resultant ‘race row’ fizzled out when Townsend tweeted: “No offence was meant and none was taken. It’s not even newsworthy!”


Tim Mathieson

Australians were probably less than surprised when the partner of their then Prime Minister Julia Gillard raised eyebrows during a speech to the West Indies cricket team. Not for nothing was he known as the ‘First Bloke’.


“My comments last night were trying to raise awareness about prostate cancer and the need for men to have regular checks and the importance of early detection,” said a contrite Tim afterwards. “It was meant as a joke and on reflection I accept it was in poor taste. I apologise for any offence caused.”



Julian Clarey

Little needs to be said about the camp comic’s notorious appearance at the 1993 British Comedy Awards, alongside for some strange reason –Chancellor of the Exchequer Norman Lamont.




Godfrey Bloom

Earlier this year UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom famous for his “Bongo-Bongo Land” remark –dismissed as “a joke” his description of a female audience as a room “full of sluts”. He made the comments while addressing a ‘Women in Politics’ event at the party’s conference.




Jo Brand

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The leaking of details of British National Party members in 2009 gave Brand an open goal for her routine

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