Jimmy Carr

Jimmy Carr

Date of birth: 15-09-1972

A former marketing executive for Shell, Jimmy Carr is one of the hardest-working comedians in the UK, and DVDs of his live shows now sell more than 150,000 copies each.

His first full-length show, Bare-Faced Ambition, was nominated for the Perrier in 2002; and he was named best stand-up at the Time Out Awards in 2003, and at the Laftas in 2004. At the same awards he was named ‘funniest man’ in 2005.

He won the Royal Television Society Award for best on-screen newcomer in 2003, and soon established himself one of the main faces of Channel 4, hosting game show Distraction, the first series of The Friday Night Project, three series of panel show 8 Out Of 10 Cats, and several specials such as The Big Fat End of Year Quiz and The Comedians’ Comedian.

Carr has also made headway in the US, performing four times on NBC’s Tonight With Jay Leno and three times on NBC’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien. He made a half-hour stand-up special for Comedy Central, and hosted two series of Distraction USA for the same network.

He has also appeared in the films Confetti, Alien Autopsy and Stormbreaker, all released in 2006; and has hosted a weekly radio show for London’s XFM.

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Comedy Central orders more Your Face Or Mine

Jimmy Carr and Katherine Ryan to return

Comedy Central has commissioned two more series of its game show Your Face or Mine.

Jimmy Carr and Katherine Ryan will return for 22 new half-hour episodes, which go into production next week for broadcast from March.

Ryan said: ‘We’re fully committed to improving the lives of couples by handing them cash – and trying to break them up.

‘Some will tell the truth and risk being dumped and others will lie to save their relationship but either way we’re in for more awkward encounters.’

The new series promises more celebrity couples joining the members of the public.

 Your Face or Mine was revived last May 14 years after it last aired on E4, again hosted by Carr. The original commission from producers Talkback was also for 22 episodes, split over two series.

Comedy Central says: ‘The first two series were a huge success, reaching 1.6million 16-34s and 3.7million individuals.’

Couples can apply to be on the show by emailing takepart@talkback.co.uk. You need to be aged 18-30. And desperate for attention.

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Published: 17 Jan 2018

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