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Wednesday 20 November 2013

Jimmy Carr: Workaholic Millionaire Returns To Sussex To Deliver His Mildly Offensive One-Liners

Jimmy Carr needs little by the way of introduction. He turned his hand to comedy fourteen years ago, and now treads the middle ground between the mildly offensive one-liners and the family friendly humorous monologues.

He takes little more than a month off a year and spends the rest of his time either performing his high-grossing live shows, writing for others or fronting panel shows.

Carr says: "If I were doing a normal job, I'd be working too hard. But it's just telling jokes. It's basically a night out. And I'm the centre of attention."

At age 26 he had what he calls 'an early midlife crisis.' He publicly made comments critical of organised religion. 

He stated that at this time, to help him cope with his loss of faith he did a lot of psychotherapy and ended up qualifying as a therapist. 

Back in 2006, Carr made a joke on Radio 4's Loose Ends, the punchline of which implied that Gypsy women smelled. 

Although the BBC issued an apology, Carr refused to apologise and continues to use the joke. 

"I wrote it, I rehearsed it and then I said it. Some thought has gone into that. You don"t say things by accident as a comedian — you"ve got to stand by what you say."

A few years back Carr toured with Las Vegas band the Killers. Killers' frontman Brandon Flowers explained that it was part of his vision for his band's shows to become more of a Las Vegas-style spectacle


Flowers, who grew up in Vegas, said: "We had met Jimmy before, at a Comic Relief gig, then we bumped into him again at a party a couple of weeks later. 

"We were just throwing ideas around and having a comedian as part of the show sounded like a Las Vegas thing to do — it used to be common in the '60s and '70s – Jimmy seemed to like it so we are giving it a go."

Carr claims that the tour was as wild as " .. you"d expect when you're out with a Mormon, but Brandon is still great fun." 

Carr's next show 'Funny Business' comes with the 'edgy' warning: 'If you are easily offended, don"t be a dick about it!.'

"The show will be packed with one-liners, stories & jokes. Some clever, some rude & a few totally unacceptable. 

"Everybody's welcome. Just leave your conscience, sense of common decency & moral compass at home & come on out for a laugh."

Jimmy Carr plays Crawley Hawth Theatre on Tuesday 26th April 2014 and Worthing Assembly Hall on 2nd May 2014. CLICK HERE for more details.

by: Mike Cobley

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