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Alan Carr
Alan Carr at The British Comedy Awards 2007.jpg
Alan Carr at The British Comedy Awards 2007
Born 14 June 1976 (1976-06-14) (age 33)
Weymouth, Dorset, UK
Medium Radio, stand-up, television
Nationality British
Years active 2001–present
Genres Observational comedy
Subject(s) Everyday life, innuendo
Notable works and roles The Sunday Night Project
Alan Carr's Celebrity Ding Dong
Alan Carr: Chatty Man
Website http://www.alancarr.net/
British Comedy Awards
Best Live Stand Up
2007
Best Entertainment Personality
2008

Alan Carr (born 14 June 1976) is an English stand-up comedian and media personality.

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Personal life

Carr was born in Weymouth, Dorset, and grew up in Northampton where he went to Weston Favell School. His father is former Northampton Town and Nuneaton Borough F.C. manager Graham Carr.[1]

Carr moved to Manchester after a string of dead-end jobs in his hometown of Northampton seeking a better life and with aspirations of becoming a comedian. He moved into a house full of activity in Chorlton-cum-Hardy after which he moved to Stretford; which he cites as an inspiration for his comedic work. Carr gained a degree in BA (Hons) Drama and Theatre Studies, graduating with a 2:1 from Middlesex University.[2][3]

Despite being openly gay and famously camp, he doesn't consider his sexuality to be a focal part of his act, once saying that "I just think gay people need to get over themselves. Just because you're gay and on the telly doesn't mean you're a role model. I'm just a comedian. That's all I am. ... What am I meant to do? Do I go down the Julian Clary route and talk about fisting and poppers? I don't talk about being gay and I think what better equality for gays than that?".[4]

On 21 September 2006, Carr and entertainer Lionel Blair helped save a man who was about to fall from a pier in Blackpool. The man was holding on by his fingertips, but the two men managed to pull him to safety.[5]

Radio

Carr made his radio presenting debut on Christmas Day 2007 for BBC Radio 2 as part of their Festive Highlights, with the show Alan Carr's Christmas Box.[6] He also filled in on BBC 6Music on 16 February and 14 June 2008 for Adam and Joe and co-presented The Russell Brand Show on 4 October 2008. He also presented Alan Carr's Comedy Outings for BBC Radio 2 in 2008. On 25 April 2009, Carr began hosting Going Out With Alan Carr, a new show for BBC Radio 2, in conjunction with Emma Forbes. The show airs every Saturday evening from 6pm-8pm.[7]

Performance

Carr performs stand-up regularly, on tour and on television. He has been featured in three Edinburgh shows and in 2007 he toured throughout the UK, which was followed by a DVD entitled "Tooth Fairy Live". Carr had his own monthly show in a Manchester comedy club and he has toured nationwide, supporting other acts.[8] He has performed at the Apollo Theatre in London, which was televised for the BBC1 series 'Live At The Apollo', and has been featured in the Royal Variety Performance.

Carr has appeared and performed at many festivals, including the Reading and Leeds Festivals, Latitude Festival, the Kilkenny Comedy Festival and Live Earth, where he welcomed musical acts David Gray and Damien Rice on stage. He has performed stand-up internationally, including an appearance at the Montreal 'Just For Laughs' festival.[9]

On 4 September 2009, Carr switched-on the world famous Illuminations in Blackpool along with JLS.

Controversy

In December 2008 Carr, when accepting his award for Best Entertainment Personality at the British Comedy Awards, dedicated it to Karen Matthews, who had very recently been found guilty of kidnapping Shannon Matthews, her own daughter. Carr was quoted by BBC News as stating: "I should dedicate this award to her [Karen]. She would be my dream guest. I think she's a gay icon. People like a bit of rough, don't they?"[10]

Shahid Malik, MP for Matthews' constituency of Dewsbury described Carr as "sick and insensitive". Alan Carr subsequently apologised for his comments, saying "I realise what I said was insensitive and I am very sorry for any offence caused".[11] On his own website he added: "For those of you who have enjoyed my comedy and seen my act over the last seven years you all would have got used to my tongue in cheek style and near the knuckle observations. Last night at the Comedy Awards [...] I was being ironic, these aren't my real sentiments obviously".[12]

Filmography

Year Show Role
2004 Today With Des and Mel Himself
2005 Law of the Playground Himself
Richard & Judy Himself
2006 Countdown Himself
FAQ U Himself
2006-2009 Friday/Sunday Night Project Host
2007-2008 Alan Carr's Celebrity Ding Dong Host
2007 Big Fat Anniversary Quiz Himself
8 Out Of 10 Cats Himself
2007,2008 Never Mind The Buzzcocks Contenstant
2007,2008 The Graham Norton Show Guest
2008 Live at the Apollo Himself
2007,2008,2009 The Paul O'Grady Show Guest
2008 Friday Night with Jonathan Ross Guest
GMTV Guest
Later With Jools Holland Guest
This Morning Guest
T4 Guest
Pride of Britain Awards Himself
2009 Gordon Ramsay: Cookalong Live Himself
Top Gear Himself
Comic Relief Himself
Nativity A Critic
Alan Carr: Chatty Man Host
2010 Friday Night With Jonathan Ross Guest

DVD releases

Awards

  • 2001 The BBC Best New Stand Up
  • 2006 Best In Show — Sheffield Comedy Festival
  • 2006 The Golden Rose of Montreaux for Best Entertainment Show for The Friday Night Project
  • 2006 LAFTA's Funniest Double Act (with Justin Lee Collins)
  • 2006 LAFTA's Funniest Entertainment Show for The Friday Night Project 2005
  • 2007 British Comedy Award for Best Live Stand Up
  • 2007 Cosmopolitan Celebrity Men Of The Year (with Justin Lee Collins)
  • 2007 LAFTA's Funniest Double Act (with Justin Lee Collins)
  • 2008 British Comedy Award for Best Entertainment Personality
  • 2009 Television and Radio Industries Club 'Personality of the Year' Award
  • 2009 Royal Television Society Entertainment Performance of the Year
  • 2009 Heat's Funniest Book of 2009

Book

In 2008, Alan Carr released an autobiography, Look Who It Is! published by HarperCollins Publishers.

References

External links








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