Frankie Boyle gives brutal take on Harry and Meghan's wedding in 2018
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Mr Boyle, 49, has become known as one of the UK’s cynical comedians. He was, in fact, previously named the nation’s most offensive stand-up comedian by a jury of his peers. Best-known for his appearances on topical panel show, ‘Mock the Week’, and his own Channel 4 series, ‘Tramadol Nights’, he has been involved in a string of controversies with other celebrities.
One came after he joked about Katie Price’s disabled son, Harvey, to which he received major pushback, including Ms Price herself who called the stand-up a “bully”.
That was ten years ago, and Mr Boyle has since simmered down on the side of controversy, wading into more political grounds, including on Brexit and Scottish independence.
Tonight, he returns to screens with his, ‘Frankie Boyle’s New World Order’, in which he tries to make sense of the modern world.
A topic that has often found itself among Mr Boyle’s comedic repertoire is the Royal Family, with no member of the Firm safe from his firing line.
This included Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on the eve of their 2018 royal wedding.
It was here that Mr Boyle, speaking on his New World Order show, poked fun at the former Hollywood star.
Talking about the new title she would take on once married to Harry, he said: “Meghan Markle will become the Duchess of Sussex, that’s got to hurt.
“You grow up wanting to be a princess and you end up sounding like a pub in Eastbourne.”
He went on to take aim at the more historic topics around the Firm.
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Alluding to the British Empire, he said: “It’s going to be a traditional wedding.
“Something old, Prince Philip, something new, the royal baby, something borrowed, the wealth of India. And something blue, the Queen’s feet.”
Overtly political, the Scottish native has been vocally pro-independence.
In a recent episode of his show, he spoke at length about the COP26 summit held in Glasgow — his home city.
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Guests on the panel also chipped in, reeling off a string of jokes about the conference, including on Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Keir Starmer.
Viewers, however, were quick to take to social media to point out that the show failed to lap any criticism on the Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
Writing on Twitter, one user said: “Watched ‘Frankie Boyle’s New World Order’ last night.
“A COP26 special from Glasgow. Starmer and Bojo slaughtered – but not one pop was taken at Sturgeon, SNP or Scexit.
“I wonder why, not as if there’s no material.”
Another replied: “Spot on. None of them seem to think that the SNP are the establishment.
“That makes these comedians part of the establishment that comedians anywhere else in the world are destroying.”
Others suggested Mr Boyle was reluctant to criticise Ms Sturgeon given their longing for Scottish independence.
One person wrote: “I must admit, I did wonder about the editorial decisions.
“Seemed off not to have a satirical swipe at Sturgeon.
“Actually I was disappointed in the whole offering.”
Frankie Boyle’s New World Order airs tonight at 10pm on BBC Two.
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