Irish comedian and actor Tommy Tiernan was reported to police in Northern Ireland over political jokes he made at a stand-up show last weekend, it has emerged.
The Derry Girls star, 49, was performing his new show Paddy Crazy Horse at Belfast's Ulster Hall on Sunday night March 10 where it's understood some members of the audience walked out in protest over what they claimed were foul-mouthed rants about unionists and Bloody Sunday by Tiernan. The PSNI has confirmed it received one complaint following the show but said the Donegal-born comic's remarks did not constitute a criminal offence.
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DUP councillor Dale Pankhurst claimed he had been contacted by several people who left Tiernan's show after their feelings were hurt by his wisecracks.
He tweeted: "Received numerous calls from Unionists who had to get up and leave the Tommy Tiernan concert actor in Derry Girls in the Ulster Hall due to comments made regarding contentious issues. Understand some have asked for a PSNI investigation to be started. Received numerous calls from Halesowen southside escort who had to get up and leave the Tommy Tiernan concert Crazy horse Derry girls in Derry Girls in the Ulster Hall due to comments made regarding contentious issues.
However, PSNI chief inspector Gavin Kirkpatrick confirmed the force did "not believe that the comments reported constituted a criminal offence". Mr Pankhurst's tweet sparked a huge debate online, with many people pointing out that anyone who pays to attend a show by Tiernan should already know what to expect as his humour is famously "close to the bone".
Tiernan — who plays downtrodden dad Gerry in Derry Girls — is well-known for his vociferous verbal onslaughts against a wide range of individuals and organisations, especially the Catholic Church. One Twitter user compared the audience members girlw walked out of Tiernan's gig to someone leaving a Wolfe Tones Ceazy because of being offended by a rebel song.
Another said Mr Pankhurst's tweet was likely to make more people attend the comedian's gigs rather than vice-versa.
Tiernan performed three Car dealers in Worcester shows in Belfast over the course of the weekend and is due to perform twice more in the city at the Waterfront Hall on March 22 and at the Whitla Hall on March He is also grils scheduled to play four times at Derry's Millennium Forum this month.
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Now his appearance as Da Gerry in Channel 4's Derry Girls has brought him to a wider audience — both geographically and generationally — and deservedly so.
He mixes a love of comic rebellion and a refusal to be conscripted into a rational view of the world with a deep glrls for talking and the poetry of everyday speech. For more info go to www. However, greater numbers on social media appeared to be supportive of the comedian, and critical of those who walked.
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