Jimmy Carr

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"I suppose I'd better warn you that in my act there is a certain amount of bad language. I'm not talking about split infinitives. There will be some swearing and there is some material of a sexual nature. So, if you are offended by rude or crude material, for heaven's sake, don't be a cunt about it."
Jimmy Carr: Live - opening lines

Jimmy Carr is a comedian and television presenter in Britain known for his deadpan delivery and black humour. Almost nothing is off-limits, as he's tackled such light-hearted topics as rape, pedophilia, 9/11, abortion, and the Holocaust, often done in a posh, Sophisticated As Hell manner.

He has been presenter of a number of TV series, including 8 Out of 10 Cats, Ten O Clock Live, and Distraction, as well as a frequent guest on QI.

Heckle him at your own risk

His stand-up shows on DVD are:

  • Live (2004)
  • Stand Up (2005)
  • Comedian (2007)
  • In Concert (2008)
  • Telling Jokes (2009)
  • Making People Laugh (2010)
  • Being Funny (2011)

Tropes Associated with Jimmy Carr:

  • Actually Pretty Funny: While the Moral Guardians were a little upset when he joked that the troops wounded in the War On Terror would be good for the Great Britain team at the Paralympics, the soldiers who were actually asked found it hilarious.
  • All Men Are Perverts
  • Animal Testing: One example, "Cats have nine lives, which makes them ideal for experimentation."
  • Annoying Laugh: "I do realise that when I laugh, it sounds like a seal is being molested."
  • Audience Participation: He invites the audience to ask him questions or give suggestions, which sometimes leads to heckling.
    • In Being Funny, he encourages the audience to insult him, as he misses the actual heckling he used to get when he was less well known.
  • Auto Erotica: Played with in his "Carr park" joke
  • Bigger Is Better in Bed: Questions this in one of his shows, calling women who think this is important "just shallow."
  • Black Comedy Rape

"I don't like the word 'rape'. I prefer the term, 'Struggle Snuggle'.

"People like to smoke a cigarette after sex, but you can't buy cigarettes until you're sixteen, so I have to buy them for both of us. [To audience] You think it's wrong I'm buying a 15 year old cigarettes? [Realizing] You think it's wrong I'm fucking her?"

  • Corrupt Church: He's an anti-theist, and usually mentions his Catholic upbringing with a reference to pedophilia.

"Don't get me wrong I still respect the Pope. I like to think of him as king of the paedos."

"I've got a friend that got into an argument with a barmaid from Sunderland. Long story short, he ended up calling her a 'fat, ugly Geordie cunt.' And she said, 'I'm no a Geordie.'"

"I just saw that Harry Potter film. A bit unrealistic if you ask me. I mean, a ginger kid with two friends?"

  • Sharp-Dressed Man
  • Sophisticated As Hell: Often informs his style, due to his usually posh speaking voice and the fact that he was educated at Cambridge University. See the opening lines from his first DVD at the top of the page.
  • Three-Way Sex
  • Un Entendre: He tries to make anything mundane said by his girlfriend during sex into one of these.

"The recycling's coming tomorrow"
"The recycling's not the only thing coming tomorrow. Yeah, I'll separate your paper and plastic..."