|Born||September 15, 1972 |
Isleworth, London England
|Influences||Steven Wright, Emo Philips|
|Notable works and roles||8 Out of 10 Cats|
James Anthony Patrick Carr (born September 15, 1972 in Isleworth, London) is an English comedian, known for his deadpan, satirical, and often dark humour. Events 668 - Eastern Roman Emperor Constans II is assassinated in his bath at Syracuse Italy. Year 1972 ( MCMLXXII) was a Leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Isleworth (ˈaɪzəlwɜːθ is a suburb located in the London Borough of Hounslow alongside the River Thames in West London. London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland Nationality is a relationship between a Person and their State of Origin, Culture, association Affiliation and/or Loyalty The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located Steven Alexander Wright (born December 6 1955) is an American Stand-up comedian, Actor, and Writer. Emo Philips (born Phil Soltanec, February 7, 1956 in Chicago Illinois) is an American Entertainer and Comedian 8 out of 10 Cats is a television comedy Panel game made by Zeppotron (a Subsidiary of Endemol) for Channel 4. Events 668 - Eastern Roman Emperor Constans II is assassinated in his bath at Syracuse Italy. Year 1972 ( MCMLXXII) was a Leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Isleworth (ˈaɪzəlwɜːθ is a suburb located in the London Borough of Hounslow alongside the River Thames in West London. London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland A comedian or comic is a person who seeks to entertain an audience primarily by making them laugh Deadpan is a form of non-comedic delivery in which Humour is presented without a change in emotion or Facial expression, usually speaking in Satire is often strictly defined as a literary genre or form; although in practice it is also found in the graphic and Performing arts In satire human Black comedy, also known as black humor or dark comedy, is a sub-genre of Comedy and Satire where topics and events that are usually regarded
Carr was born in Isleworth, London, England to Irish parents who were originally from Limerick. Isleworth (ˈaɪzəlwɜːθ is a suburb located in the London Borough of Hounslow alongside the River Thames in West London. London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland Limerick (pronounced /ˈlɪmrɪk/ Luimneach in Irish) is a city and the county seat of County Limerick in the Province of Munster They then moved to Slough where Carr was educated. He holds dual citizenship with Ireland and the United Kingdom. Multiple citizenship, or multiple nationality is a status in which a person is concurrently regarded as a Citizen under the laws of more than one state. Ireland ( Irish: Éire, ˈeːrʲə is a country in north-western Europe. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located  He was educated at Burnham Grammar School in south Buckinghamshire and later at the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe where he achieved 4 A grades at A-level, before going on to receive a 2:1 in Social and Political Sciences from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. Burnham Grammar School (BGS is a co-educational Grammar school in Burnham, Buckinghamshire. Buckinghamshire (abbreviated Bucks) is a ceremonial and non-metropolitan home county in South East England. See Royal Grammar School for the other schools with the name RGS The British undergraduate degree classification system is a grading scheme for Undergraduate degrees ( Bachelor's degrees and some Master's degrees The social sciences comprise academic disciplines concerned with the study of the social life of human groups and individuals including Anthropology, Communication studies Gonville and Caius College Cambridge is a constituent College of Cambridge University, one of the world's most academically respected institutions  After leaving Cambridge, Carr was hired by the oil company Shell as a marketing executive, a job which he described as "technically the easiest job on the planet". Royal Dutch Shell plc, commonly known simply as Shell, is a multinational oil company of Dutch and British origins Less than two years afterwards, he took redundancy and joined JC Productions Ltd in order to begin a career in stand-up comedy. Stand-up comedy is a style of comedy where the performer speaks directly to the audience with the absence of the theatrical " Fourth wall " Whilst working at JC Productions with his father, Carr made his first film at Pinewood starring Craig Charles and Roy Dotrice. Pinewood Studios is a major British Film studio situated in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire. Craig Charles (born 11 July, 1964 in Liverpool, England) is an English Actor, Stand up comedian, Author Roy Dotrice OBE (born May 26, 1923) is a British Actor known for his Tony Award -winning Broadway performance The film, The Colour of Funny, was a flop and this failure motivated him to try his hand at comic writing and stand-up. Carr eventually gained recognition at the Royal Variety Performance, and was chosen by Channel 4 to host game shows such as Distraction and Your Face or Mine? In 2004 he released his first stand up DVD titled simply Jimmy Carr Live, and the following year (2005) his second was released, Jimmy Carr Stand Up. The Royal Variety Performance is a gala evening held annually in the United Kingdom, which is attended by senior members of the British Royal Family, normally Channel 4 is a public-service Television and Radio broadcaster in the United Kingdom centred around a television channel of the same name which began Distraction is a British Game show shown in Canada on the Comedy Network US on Comedy Central New Zealand on UKTV & TV2 and other countries through various networks Your Face or Mine? was a game show that ran from 2002 to 2003 and aired on Channel 4. "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again " DVD (also known as " Digital Versatile Disc " or " Digital Video Disc " - see Etymology)is Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. A third DVD Jimmy Carr - Comedian was released late 2007. He currently presents 8 Out of 10 Cats on Channel 4. 8 out of 10 Cats is a television comedy Panel game made by Zeppotron (a Subsidiary of Endemol) for Channel 4. He was one of the hijackers on Big Brother Celebrity Hijack, the latest edition of the franchise. Big Brother
Carr was a guest presenter for one edition of Have I Got News For You; later he joined Ian Hislop's team in the edition of the show first shown 23rd November 2007, chaired by Ann Widdecombe with whom he “flirted” outrageously. Have I Got News for You is a British television panel show produced by Hat Trick Productions for the BBC. Ian David Hislop (born 13 July 1960) is an British Comedian, Scriptwriter and Editor of satirical magazine Ann Noreen Widdecombe (born 4 October 1947 is a British Conservative Party Politician and more recently television Presenter and Novelist Widdecombe later vowed "I will never appear on Have I Got News for You again. " He has appeared on Never Mind The Buzzcocks twice, as well as on Stephen Fry's QI. Never Mind the Buzzcocks is a Comedy Panel game show with a pop and Rock music theme currently presented by Simon Amstell Stephen John Fry (born 24 August 1957 is an English Humorist, Writer, Wit, Actor, Novelist, filmmaker In traditional Chinese culture, qi (zh [[wikt氣 氣]] Pinyin qì, Wade-Giles ch'i Jyutping He has presented many 100s programmes for Channel 4: 100 Worst Pop Records, 100 Worst Britons, 100 Greatest Cartoon Characters, 100 people who look most like Jimmy Carr (although this was a spoof) and 100 Scary Moments, which have made him the butt of related jokes by comedians, members of the public, and even himself.
In 2004, it was announced Carr would host a United States version of Distraction for Comedy Central. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Comedy Central is an American Cable television and Satellite television channel that carries predominantly Comedy programming On January 10, 2006, the second season of the United States version of Distraction debuted on Comedy Central, with Carr continuing his hosting duties. Events 49 BC - Julius Caesar crosses the Rubicon, signaling the start of civil war. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. Carr was shortlisted for the 2006 Rose d'Or award for best game show host. The Rose d'Or ( Golden Rose in English is a highly prestigious Television award given annually since 1961 at the Festival Rose d'Or in spring each year He hosted the quiz show 8 Out of 10 Cats. 8 out of 10 Cats is a television comedy Panel game made by Zeppotron (a Subsidiary of Endemol) for Channel 4.
During his guest appearance on the BBC motoring show Top Gear, Carr set a new celebrity test track lap record on the 'Star in a Reasonably Priced Car' segment. Top Gear is a BAFTA, multi- NTA and International Emmy Award -winning BBC Television series about motor vehicles mainly The Top Gear test track is the test track used by the British automotive television programme Top Gear. He was described as "the worst driver we've ever had" and "the luckiest man alive" by Top Gear's test driver The Stig. The Stig is the name given to the anonymous Racing driver on the BBC motoring show Top Gear. His re-appearance on Top Gear in May 2006 placed him last in the brand new Reasonably Priced Car, with the slowest time ever. Carr also hosted a highlights edition of the show.
Carr is also prolific writer as well as performer, with writing credits including Bo' Selecta! (C4), Meet Ricky Gervais (C4) and material for Lily Savage and Frank Skinner. Bo' Selecta! is a British TV Comedy Sketch show which ran for three series and one Christmas special on Channel 4 television and had Meet Ricky Gervais was a chat show written and hosted by the comedy writer and performer Ricky Gervais. Paul James O'Grady MBE (born 14 June 1955 Frank Skinner, (born Christopher Graham Collins on 28 January 1957 in Oldbury, West Midlands, England is an English writer and award-winning In the United States, Carr has appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien twice and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno three times. Late Night with Conan O'Brien is an Emmy Award -winning American late-night Talk show hosted by Conan O'Brien on NBC The Tonight Show with Jay Leno is an Emmy Award -winning American late-night Talk show currently hosted by Jay Leno, on In December 2007, Carr presented the fourth Big Fat Quiz of the Year on Channel 4, having also presented the first, second and third. The Big Fat Quiz of the Year is a British Television programme first broadcast on 28 December 2004, the second edition broadcast on Carr has also appeared on the Irish news comedy show The Panel. The Panel is a weekly Comedy Chat show produced by Happy Endings Productions for Radio Telefís Éireann.
He appears at the end credits of Ross Noble's Randomist DVD, where he punches Ross on his way back to the dressing room. Ross Markham Noble (born 5 June 1976) is an English Stand-up comedian, raised in Cramlington, Northumberland. The joke was that Ross said in his show how Jimmy only performed for a "weak" 1 hour 20 minutes, as opposed to Ross's 2 and a half hour show. He can also be seen for a few seconds in the audience for Dara O' Briain's live DVD.
In January 2008 Carr appeared on E4 show Big Brother Celebrity Hijack as a hijacker for the day. E4 is a digital television channel in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, launched as a pay-TV companion to Channel 4 on 18 January Big Brother He will present the new series of Commercial Breakdown later in the year. Commercial Breakdown is a BBC / Celador light entertainment television programme which shows humorous Television advertisements from around the
Carr is a regular guest and interviewer on Loose Ends (BBC Radio 4) and The Fred MacAulay Show (BBC Radio Scotland). Loose Ends is a British Radio programme originally broadcast on Saturday mornings and then transmitted early Saturday evenings from 1998 by BBC Radio Fred MacAulay (born 29 December 1956) is a Scottish Comedian. In January 2005, Carr hosted 'It's Been a Terrible Year' — a comedy review of 2004, on BBC Radio 2. Up until July 2006, he had a Sunday morning radio show on XFM, with the mercurial comedian Iain Morris. Xfm is a brand of Commercial radio stations focused on Alternative music, primarily indie, and owned by GCap Media in the United Kingdom Iain Morris (born Woking, Surrey) is an English writer and comedian The show had a strong emphasis on toilet humour, and regularly focused on discussing men that Morris 'accidentally' kissed during the previous week, despite being avowedly heterosexual. Morris also recently announced plans on air to venture into the world of male escorting, but his rates were never confirmed.
Features, of varying popularity, have included:
In January 2006, Carr made a joke on Radio 4's Loose Ends, the punchline of which implied that Gypsy women smelled. The Romani people (singular Rom, plural Roma as a Noun; also known as Romanies or Roma people) are an ethnic group with origins  Although the BBC issued an apology, Carr refused and continues to use the joke during his acts.
Jimmy is also a regular guest on The Chris Moyles Show on BBC Radio 1. Christopher Moyles (born 22 February 1974 is an English broadcaster from Leeds.
2004 was a successful year for Carr's live work. In 2003 he sold out an entire month's performances of his Edinburgh Festival show Charm Offensive by the second day of the festival, and received 5-star reviews from four major newspapers. Edinburgh Festival is a collective term for several simultaneous arts and cultural Festivals which take place during August each year in Edinburgh, In 2004 he performed sold out solo shows at Dublin's Vicar Street, Leicester's Comedy Festival, Glasgow Festival, Kilkenny Cat Laughs and the Galway Festival along with appearances at The Bloomsbury Theatre where he filmed his first live DVD. Dublin (ˈdʌblɨn/ /ˈdʊblɨn or /ˈdʊbəlɪn/, bˠalʲə aːha klʲiəh or cliə(ɸ is both the largest city and capital of Ireland. Leicester (ˈlɛstə is the largest city and Unitary authority area in the East Midlands of England, and is the traditional Glasgow (ˈglæzgoʊ is the largest city in Scotland and third most populous in the United Kingdom The Cat Laughs Comedy Festival is a Comedy Festival held each year in Kilkenny, Ireland Galway (Gaillimh is the only city in the province of Connacht in Ireland. The UCL Bloomsbury Theatre is a theatre on Gordon Street, Bloomsbury, in the London Borough of Camden, owned by University College London DVD (also known as " Digital Versatile Disc " or " Digital Video Disc " - see Etymology)is Also in 2004 he threatened to sue fellow comedian Jim Davidson for using a joke that Carr considered 'his'. Jim Davidson OBE (born Cameron James Davidson on 13 December 1953 is an English Comedian, TV presenter and actor  The matter was dropped when it became apparent that the joke in question was an old one used for decades by many different comedians, most notably the radio shows of Victor Lewis-Smith. Victor Lewis-Smith is a British satirist producer critic and prankster He toured the country with his show, A Public Display of Affection, starting on 9 April 2005 at the Gulbenkian Theatre in Canterbury. Events 193 - Septimius Severus is proclaimed Roman Emperor by the army in Illyricum (in the Balkans) Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Canterbury ( ˈkæntəbɹ̩i is a City in eastern Kent in the South East region of England. He also appeared at the EICC during the Edinburgh Festival in August 2005 with his Off The Telly show. Later on in the year, in late November, he released his second DVD Jimmy Carr: Stand Up.
In August 2006, he commenced a new tour, Gag Reflex, for which he recently won the 2006 British Comedy Award for "Best Live Stand up". The British Comedy Awards is an annual awards ceremony in the United Kingdom celebrating notable comedians and entertainment performances of the previous year He also performed at the 2006 Just for Laughs festival in Montreal, as well as making a return visit to the Newbury Comedy Festival. Just for Laughs (in French Juste pour rire) is a Comedy festival held each July in In 2003, he was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy. Year 2003 ( MMIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. The Observer is a British Newspaper published on Sundays In about the same place on the political spectrum as its daily sister paper The In 2007, a poll on the Channel 4 website for 100 Greatest Stand Ups concluded Jimmy Carr was the 12th. Channel 4 is a public-service Television and Radio broadcaster in the United Kingdom centred around a television channel of the same name which began A new national tour commenced in autumn 2007 named Repeat Offender, which began at the Edinburgh Festival that year. Edinburgh Festival is a collective term for several simultaneous arts and cultural Festivals which take place during August each year in Edinburgh,
In March 2004, Carr's father Jim, a self-made millionaire, was arrested by the Metropolitan Police after Jimmy Carr and his brother Colin accused their father of harassment. "Metropolitan Police" redirects here See also Metropolitan police. Mr. Carr senior was later acquitted of all charges and awarded costs by the Court. Mr. Carr's acquittal was followed by a written apology from the CPS. The Crown Prosecution Service, or CPS, is a non-ministerial department of the Government of the United Kingdom responsible for public Prosecutions Later the Metropolitan Police also apologised and paid him substantial damages in an out of court settlement of the false arrest and false prosecution charge. 
Jimmy is unrelated to the comedian Alan Carr. Alan Carr (born 14 June 1976 is a TV presenter and stand-up comedian noted for his camp demeanour and Innuendo -based humour He said in an interview in June 2007 that "I am getting tired of this. I am not his brother and I'm not older. The jokes are getting old. " In an edition of Big Fat Quiz Of The Year, he made light of this by saying "If you've never watched Channel 4 before, then hello! I'm Jimmy Carr. Basically, I run the place with my brother Alan. "
On November 2, 2006, Carr, together with advertising copy-writer friend Lucy Greeves, released a book called The Naked Jape (the U. Events 1570 - A Tidal wave in the North Sea devastates the coast from Holland to Jutland, killing more than 1000 Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. S. version, re-titled Only Joking, was released on September 21, 2006), a discussion of the art and history of joking. Events 1217 - The Estonian tribal leader Lembitu of Lehola was killed in a battle against Teutonic Knights. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. It includes a selection of over 400 of the best jokes ever told.
On December 21, 2006, Jimmy announced plans to become the first major comedian to perform in the virtual reality world of Second Life. Events 69 - The end of the Year of the four emperors: Following Galba, Otho and Vitellius, Vespasian Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. Second Life ( abbreviated as SL) and its sister site Teen Second Life are Internet-based 3D Virtual This was confirmed on his MySpace webpage on January 3, 2007, and a competition launched to choose a select audience from the list of his MySpace friends. MySpace is a popular social networking Website offering an interactive user-submitted network of friends personal profiles blogs groups photos music and Events 1431 - Joan of Arc is handed over to the Bishop Pierre Cauchon. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. 
Carr's Second Life show took place on Saturday, 3rd February at 7pm, at Adam Street Bar and Members Club in central London. Events 1112 - Ramon Berenguer III of Barcelona and Douce I of Provence marry uniting the fortunes of those two states Fifty MySpace friends made up his live audience, with 100 virtual attendees in Second Life itself. The show was enjoyed by both sets of audiences, with excellent feedback received on both Jimmy's MySpace profile and within Second Life.
Carr hinted at the show that he may perform future shows in Second Life.
In March 2007, Laura Jackson from the Guinness Book of World Records confirmed that Jimmy had obtained the world record for being the first comedian in cyberspace, following on from his Second Life show. Cyberspace &mdash from the Greek el Κυβερνήτης (el kybernētēs steersman governor pilot or rudder &mdash is the global domain of electro-magnetics accessed Second Life ( abbreviated as SL) and its sister site Teen Second Life are Internet-based 3D Virtual