Jimmy Carr is an English actor, presenter, author, and stand-up comedian who became a total comedy addict in 2000 and is known for his interjections, dark humor, and deadly serious performances.
After establishing himself as a stand-up comedian, he appeared on a number of television shows that were broadcast on Channel 4, including The Big Fat Quiz of the Year, which he hosted. He also hosted Distraction, 8 out of 10 cats, the podium show, and Your Face or Mine? Carr also wrote a book called The Naked Jape: The Discovery of the Hidden World of Jokes” on the history and theory of the joke.
Jimmy Carr Brief Bio
Jimmy Carr was born on 15 September 1972 in Isleworth, London. He is the second of three sons of his parents, Nora Mary and Patrick James Carr. His father was an accountant who later became treasurer of a computer company called Unisys.
His parents are from Ireland and moved to the UK from the Irish town of Limerick. They married in 1970 and separated in 1994 after twenty-four years. They never divorced, however, but remained separated until Nora’s death in 2001. The Carr family did not sever all ties with their Irish roots, they visited Kilkee and Limerick frequently, in fact, Jimmy has British and Irish citizenship.
Carr attended Farnham Common School and Burnham Grammar School, both in South Buckinghamshire, where he spent most of his early years. He began his secondary education at Burnham Grammar School and finished it at Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe. After high school, he went to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he obtained his first degree in Social and Political Science in 1994.
Jimmy Carr Career
After graduating, he worked in the marketing department of Shell but later left it because he found no fulfillment there. In the same month, he made his first paid stand-up appearance, and this was the beginning of his rise to stardom.
From that moment on, Carr did continuous stand-up tours throughout the year, taking only about five weeks off. In 2003 he hosted his show “Charm Offensive” at the Edinburgh Festival, and by the second day of the festival he had already sold out for a whole month, and he also received 5-star reviews from four major newspapers.
The following year (2004) he performed at shows held at various venues around the country, including Vicar Street, Kilkenny Cat Laughs, Leicester’s Comedy Festival, Glasgow Festival, and many others.
In 2006 he started the tour Gag Reflex, which won him the British Comedy Award of the Year for “Best Live Rising”. So far in his comedy career, he has released seven comedy DVDs, the last Jimmy Carr: Laughter and Jokes” was released in November 2013.
Jimmy Carr is also known for his outstanding skills as a presenter. He has hosted a number of television shows, most notably those broadcast on Channel 4, including 100 Worst Pop Records, 100 Worst Brits, Your Face or Mine?, 100 People Who Most Resemble Jimmy Carr (a parody), 100 Scary Moments, 100 Greatest Cartoon Characters and others.
He also hosted the US version of Distraction, which was broadcast on Comedy Central between 2004 and 2006 when he was nominated for the Rose d’Or award for “Best Game Show Host”.
Carr has also made guest appearances on several shows including Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Last Leg, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and many others.
Jimmy Carr was also a celebrity contestant on the following shows: Deal or No Deal, he won £750 for Helen & Douglas House, Tipping Point, he won £7,000 for Blue Cross, Benchmark, where he won £1,000 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation, he also performed in Catchphrase and The Chase where he won £1,000 for Variety Club.
The multi-talented / versatile comedian is a regular guest and interviewer on the Loose Ends of BBC Radio 4 and the Fred MacAulay Show of BBC Radio Scotland. In 2005, Carr hosted a comedy review of 2004 on BBC Radio 2 entitled It’s Been a Terrible Year. Until July 2006 Jimmy Carr hosted a Sunday morning radio show on Xfm together with comedian Iain Morris.
The comedian has won several prestigious awards, including Time Out Award for Best Stand-Up (2002), Royal Television Society Award for Best On-Screen Newcomer (2003), LAFTA Awards for Best Stand-Up Comedian, LAFTA Awards for Funniest Man, British Comedy Awards for Best Live Stand Up Comedian, Loaded Lafta Award for Best Stand-Up, etc.
His Girlfriend, Wife – Is Jimmy Carr Gay?
Although he is already in his mid-forties, Jimmy Carr is not married, and the talented comedian has also said that he is not gay. He has been in a relationship with his girlfriend Karoline Copping since 2001.
His Canadian-born girlfriend is a contract editor for Channel 5, the couple met in the early years of their career at an audition for a podium show.
The English stand-up comedian and TV presenter are reportedly worth 12 million pounds, or 15.8 million dollars. Most of his income comes from his career as a stand-up comedian, radio, and TV presenter.
How Tall Is He? – Height
Jimmy’s not the biggest in the business, but he’s certainly big. The multi-talented stand-up comedian stands at a height of 6’0 (183 cm). His weight and other body measurements are unknown.