Northern Ireland comedian Patrick Kielty is going back to his satirical roots with a stint on controversial panel show Mock the Week.
The Co Down-born entertainer will be a guest on the upcoming series, in which comedians answer questions and perform sketches based on the week’s news events.
Kielty, who won over audiences at the start of his comedy career by satirising Northern Ireland’s politicians, will be among guests filling the seat left vacant by Frankie Boyle, a Scottish stand-up who made his name on the show and is now embarking on a sell-out stadium tour.
But it remains to be seen whether Kielty’s Mock the Week one-liners will be as controversial as Boyle’s, who attracted complaints for saying Olympic medallist Rebecca Adlington looked like a reflection on the back of a spoon and for making a sexual reference about the Queen.
The eighth series of Mock the Week, hosted by Irish comedian Dara O’Briain, starts on BBC2 on January 21.