After taking a first in Social and Political Sciences at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, Jimmy got a job with the Oil company Shell. Soon afterwards, he quit in order to begin a career in stand up making his name in the Comedy Clubs for his original one line gags and dead pan delivery. However it was his nomination for the converted Perrier award in 2001 that bought him to the attention of TV executives.
Jimmy was recruited by Channel 4 to host the game shows such as Distraction and Your Face or Mine? In 2004 he released his first stand up DVD entitled simply “Jimmy Carr Live”.
In 2003, he was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy.
In 2004, it was announced he would host a US version of Distraction for Comedy Central.
He was a guest presenter for one episode of Have I Got News For You and has appeared on Never Mind The Buzzcocks twice, and Stephen Fry’s QI. He has also presented many 100’s programmes for Channel 4: 100 Worst Pop Records, 100 Worst Britons and 100 Scary Moments. He is also a regular guest and interviewer on Loose Ends (BBC Radio 4) and The Fred McCauley Show (BBC Radio Scotland).
Jimmy is a prolific writer as well as performer, with writing credits including Bo’ Selecta! (C4) & Meet Ricky Gervais (C4) as well as writing for Lily Savage and Frank Skinner.
- Nuts Awards 2014: Funniest Comic
- LAFTA Awards 2012: Funniest DVD
- Zoo Awards 2011: Funniest Man
- LAFTA Awards 2011: Loaded Legend
- Nuts Awards 2010: Best Stand Up
- LAFTA Awards 2004 & 2008: Best Stand Up
- LAFTA Awards 2005 & 2007: Funniest Man
- British Comedy Awards Winner 2006: Best Stand-Up tour, for ‘Gag Reflex’
- Rose D’Or Nomination 2006: Best Game Show (Distraction)
- Rose D’Or Nomination 2004: Best presenter (Distraction)
- Royal Television Society 2003 Award Winner: Best on-screen newcomer
- Time Out 2003 Award Winner: Best Stand-Up
- Perrier 2002 Award Nominee: For Bare-faced Ambition
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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