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 Roast Battles

Series 3 to air next year

Comedy Central has commissioned a third series of  Roast Battle UK. 

Jimmy Carr will return as host for the five new half-hour specials with Jonathan Ross and Katherine Ryan back as judges.

The shows  will begin filming in London next month to air in early 2019.

Louise Holmes, general manager of Comedy Central UK said: ‘Roast Battle UK is a unique format that has really struck a chord with our viewers. We can’t wait to get started on the new series with the darkest and sharpest comedians in the UK to give more jaw-dropping, gasp out loud moments to our studio audiences and viewers at home.’ 

The news comes just ahead of the launch of the second series on Monday October 1, which will include Jessie Cave will trade insults with her former boyfriend Alfie Brown.

Series one, which aired in January, proved a success for the channel, attracting more than four times its usual audience and becoming the broadcaster’s highest-rated UK commission.

Originating in the States, the format has since been adapted in Canada, Mexico, South Africa and Finland.

The second series will also feature real-life couple Sarah Keyworth and Catherine Bohart verbally attacking each other as well as the following clashes:

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Published: 17 Sep 2018

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