PERRIER 2002 AWARD NOMINEE
TIME OUT 2003 AWARD WINNER: BEST STAND–UP
ROYAL TELEVISION SOCIETY 2003 AWARD WINNER: BEST ON-SCREEN NEWCOMER
SILVER ROSE OF MONTREUX AWARD 2003: BEST GAME SHOW (‘Your Face Or Mine’)
ROSE D'OR NOMINATION 2004: BEST PRESENTER ('Distraction')
One of the most original and distinctive new stars on television, Jimmy will be hosting a new primetime Channel 4 panel show '8 out of 10 Cats' June to August. As the face of Channel 4, Jimmy has many successful shows behind him, including 'The Friday Night Project', two series of 'Distraction' and 'Your Face Or Mine' and many appearances on shows such as 'Parkinson', 'Friday Night With Jonathan Ross', 'Top Gear' and 'The Royal Variety Show'. Jimmy has also broken into US TV with 3 appearances on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno', 2 on 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien' and his own 12 part series of 'Distraction' on Comedy Central.
2004 was a remarkably successful year for Jimmy’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* reviews from four major newspapers. In 2004 he performed sold out solo shows at Dublin’s Vicar Street, & the Leicester Comedy Festival, can also soon be seen at the Glasgow Festival, Kilkenny Festival and the Galway Festival along with appearances at The Bloomsbury Theatre, London where he filmed his first live DVD (now available to buy).
‘The brightest British comic hope for a long, long while…The most deliciously transgressive comic…He is not so much pushing out the boundaries as sailing in uncharted waters…Superb.’ Irish Times
‘A masterclass in comedy…devastating, tasteless two-liners that are bliss to listen to…Carr’s persona is irresistible, and his wisecracks have you quivering with satisfaction’Guardian
‘Witty, surprising, different, and clearly a new onscreen presenter for the future.’ Kirsty Young, Presenter, RTS Awards 2003.
UK television guest appearances include 'Friday Night with Jonthan Ross' (BBC1, Nov 04), Top Gear (BBC2, Nov 04), ‘Des O’Connor Comedy Tonight’ (ITV, Aug 03) ‘Have I Got News For You’ (as panellist, BBC2, May 03), ‘The Royal Variety Show’ (BBC1, Dec 02) and ‘Peter Cook: A Posthumourous Tribute’ (BBC2, Dec 02).
Jimmy is also fast becoming a face on US TV: He has performed a remarkable three times within five months on NBC’s ‘Tonight With Jay Leno’, and twice on NBC’s ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien’.
Jimmy can be heard on 104.9 XFM every Sunday morning where he presents the breakfast show from 10.00am to 12.00. He is also a regular guest and interviewer on Loose Ends (Radio 4) and The Fred McCauley Show (BBC Radio Scotland).
Jimmy is a prolific writer as well as performer, with writing credits including Bo Selecta! (BBC2) & Meet Ricky Gervais (C4) as well as writing for Lily Savage and Frank Skinner.
As would be expected of a comedian with a soaring international profile, Jimmy also performs at all the international comedy festivals, and was one of very few top British comedians selected to appear at the world’s two top Comedy Festivals; in Montreal for the “Just For Laughs” Festival in July 2002 and 2003 and in Aspen at the International Comedy Arts Festival in February 2003.
Jimmy completed a highly successful 2004, by appearing in the 'Royal Variety Show' and presenting 'Comedian's Comedian'(C4)and 'The Big Fat End Of Year Quiz' (C4). Jimmy is currently in talks for a new prime-time TV show for 2005.
More press quotes:
‘Edinburgh punters and critics disparage comedy acts with the phrase, “It’s not quite Jimmy Carr, is it?” His exquisitely economical and perfectly timed one-liners have set the new standard.’ Daily Telegraph.
‘Fabulous…Carr is No. 1 on the Comedy Offenders’ List’ Times.
‘As sick as he is slick…and he’s very sick indeed.’ Independent on Sunday
His audacity is breathtaking’ Stage
`His Charm Offensive is a superb example of all you’d hope for in an Edinburgh show ’ Observe
‘Jimmy Carr is a world class comedian…I envy his brilliance with words; if I could be any comedian in Edinburgh, I’d want to be Jimmy Carr.’ Scotsman
‘Bloody funny… a comic on top form… this show is unlikely to be improved upon at this year’s festival.’ Independent
‘Comedy genius…definitely get into this Carr; he’s the Rolls Royce of comedy.’ Edinburgh Metro
‘Carr is clearly a major star’ Evening Standard