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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Jimmy Carr joins BBC's new music game show

Comic to appear alongside Alison Hammond and Amanda Holden on on I Can See Your Voice

Jimmy Carr is to be one of the panellists on BBC One’s new primetime music game show I Can See Your Voice.

To be hosted by Paddy McGuinness, the new format involves teams trying to predict who has a great singing voice – and who doesn’t  – from looks alone.

Carr said of his new job: ‘I think a silly, crazy, fun hour of telly is just what we all need. And it doesn’t come any more silly, crazy or fun than this.’

Also on the panel will be This Morning’s Alison Hammond and Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden, who the BBC describe as a ‘national treasure’.

She said: ‘I’ve seen first hand over my many years as a judge, how acts can shock you with an incredible voice. With my experience on stage, television and radio I think I have one of the best pair of eyes in the business for spotting talent so the masqueraders will really have to up their game to fool me.’

The show is based on a South Korean format, and eight hour-long episodes have been commissioned from producers  Thames and Naked to air next year.

Other versions have been made in ten countries, including Germany and America, where it is hosted by comic Ken Jeong:.

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Published: 14 Oct 2020

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