Belfast-born comedian Frank Carson has joined the Euro-sceptic UK Independence Party which seeks Britain's withdrawal from the European Union.
Mr Carson, who now lives in Blackpool, said he took the decision because he was “disgusted with the way politics has gone”.
“We need to get out of the EU and ditch the human rights legislation,” he said.
The UKIP was founded in 1993 and has nine members sitting in the European Parliament.
Party chairman Paul Nuttall was delighted. “He is an excellent comedian, but he has a very serious point,” he said.