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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New Netflix series for Jimmy Carr and Katherine Ryan

Panel show to fix the world's problems

Jimmy Carr and Katherine Ryan are to star in a new comedy panel show for Netflix.

Carr will host The Fix, with Ryan one team captain and D.L. Hughley the other.

In each of the ten episodes the teams, comprising guest comics and experts, will take one massive issue facing the world and attempt to solve it. 

Ryan and Carr already host Your Face Or Mine together for Comedy Central in the UK, pictured, and also appeared together on the broadcaster’s recent Roast Battles.

Carr and Ryan were also the first and second  British-based comedians respectively to have an original comedy special released globally by Netflix. Ryan is also currently writing a scripted project for the streaming giant.

The Fix is being made by Embassy Row, which also produces Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, among many others.

It is one of three unscripted series announced by Netflix today. The others are Westside, showcasing the work of young musicians, and Sugar Rush,  a fast-paced baking competition.

Ryan is also set to host the stand-up showcase The Stand Up Show with Katherine Ryan in her native Canada, which will be filmed at Montreal’s Just For Laughs festival next month and later broadcast on The Comedy Network.

Katherine Ryan has announced a one-off performance during the Edinburgh Fringe. She will be performing her Glitter Room stand-up show at the Playhouse on August 16. Tickets go on sale on Friday.

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Published: 12 Jun 2018

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