ALAN CARR NEWS
THE CHANNEL 4 COMEDY GALA IN AID OF GREAT ORMOND STREET HOSPITAL CHILDREN’S CHARITY RETURNS TO THE O2 ON FRIDAY 16TH MAY 2014
Tickets go on sale from 9:00am Friday 28th February. Back for a fifth year, the Channel 4 Comedy Gala in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital returns to The O2 Arena with an all star cast from the world of comedy. Join Adam Hills, Alan Carr, Jack Dee, Jason Byrne, Jason Manford, Jo Brand, John Bishop, Jon Richardson, Jonathan Ross, Josh Widdicombe, Kevin Bridges, Lee Evans, Michael McIntyre, Paul Chowdhry, Sean Lock, Seann Walsh and many more as we raise money for a new operating theatre at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Congratulations to Alan Carr who won Best TV Entertainment Personality and Adam Hills who picked up Best TV Newcomer at last night’s 2013 British Comedy Awards hosted by Jonathan Ross.
Alan Carr has extended his exclusive deal with Channel 4 until the end of 2015, with a further 4 series of Alan Carr: Chatty Man after the forthcoming Autumn run of seventeen shows. Alan said ‘I’m ecstatic, I love being on Channel 4 where I can be myself and let my hair down, what’s left of it.’
The line-up for this Friday’s (12th April) Chatty Man at 10pm is Paul Gascoigne, Professor Brian Cox and Anna Friel.
Alan Carr: Chatty Man opened on Friday night with an average audience of 1.9m and peaked during the Tulisa interview at 2.1m. The show will be repeated on Tuesday 1st May on Channel 4 at 11:05pm. Next week’s guests are David Walliams and Amanda Holden, who will be talking about Britain’s Got Talent, the cast of Made In Chelsea and comedian Eddie Izzard.
It was announced this Friday that comedian and chat show host Alan Carr has extended his deal with Channel 4 for another two years. A further four series of the award-winning Alan Carr: Chatty Man has been commissioned for 2012 and 2013, plus Alan will also be involved in various other projects for Channel 4.
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Since winning the BBC New Comedy Award for Stand-up as well as City Life Best Newcomer of the Year in 2001, Alan Carr has become one of the hottest comedy stars in Britain. The success of the first series of his own chat show, Alan Carr: Chatty Man, in the summer of 2009, led to Channel 4 commissioning a further three series as well as a 2009 Christmas and New Year Special. Alan has a regular slot on BBC Radio 2 every Saturday night presenting Going Out with Alan Carr alongside the lovely Melanie Sykes. He is the Celebrity Reporter for More! magazine and has interviewed Michael McIntyre, Gok Wan and Radio 1 DJ Greg James, to name a few.
Alan’s three-year working partnership with his Sunday Night Project co-host, Justin Lee Collins, came to an amicable end in 2009 with both Alan and Justin off to pursue solo projects. ‘It was an amazing show,’ said Alan, ‘but there comes a time in a man’s life when you have to step away from the leotard and stilettos and move on.’
Elsewhere on the telly, Alan’s inimitable Channel 4 quiz show, Alan Carr’s Celebrity Ding Dong first aired in 2008 and on Red Nose Day 2009 Alan co-presented Comic Relief on BBC One as well as joining the men’s team for Comic Relief Does The Apprentice, alongside Jonathan Ross, Gerald Ratner, Gok Wan and Jack Dee. His team lost and Alan was fired (or as Alan Sugar put it ‘I’m doing you a favour’).
The DVD of Alan’s 2007 stand-up show, Tooth Fairy Live topped the HMV charts and was a Christmas 2007 best-seller. His autobiography Look Who It Is! was published in September 2008 by HarperCollins.
Son of one-time Northampton Town FC player and later manager, Alan Carr sportingly took on the Arsenal ladies team in 2008 in aid of Comic Relief. He sports some great moves. Watch Alan vs Arsenal Ladies.
Alan’s been described as ‘the spiritual son of Frankie Howard’ (City Life). His formative years were spent working in a supermarket as well as a call centre for lost and stolen credit cards. In 2002, his Edinburgh Festival show ‘Me ‘Ead’s Spinnin’ earned a four star review in Edinburgh bible, The List as well as the The Daily Telegraph’s Critic’s Choice. There were no surprises then, in 2003, when ‘I Love Alan Carr’ was rated a four star show in both the The Scotsman and The Independent, but it was at the Edinburgh Festival in 2005 that things really started to happen for our Alan. He earned five star reviews across the board in The Independent, The Scotsman and Three Weeks as well as numerous ‘Pick Of The Fringe’ accolades. It was here that Alan came to the attention of the Channel 4 bigwigs.
Alan has gone from strength to strength appearing at comedy festivals all over the world, Melbourne, Montreal’s ‘Just For Laughs’ and Kilkenny as well as touring the length and breadth of Great Britain with his ‘Tooth Fairy’ tour culminating in a three night sell-out run at the Hammersmith Apollo. Alan doesn’t just perform for commoners, he has performed for her Majesty The Queen at the Royal Variety Performance too.
TV & Radio
Alan Carr: Chatty Man (Channel 4)
Going Out with Alan Carr (BBC Radio 2)
Alan Carr’s Comedy Outings (BBC Radio 2)
Alan Carr’s Celebrity Ding Dong (Channel 4)
The Sunday Night Project (previously Friday Night Project) (Channel 4)
Live From The Apollo (BBC1)
Friday Night With Jonathan Ross, guest (BBC1)
Graham Norton Show – BBC1
The Paul O’Grady Show, guest (Channel 4)
Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Take Away (ITV1)
Top Gear, guest (BBC2)
8 Out of 10 Cats (Channel 4)
TV Heaven TV Hell (Channel 4)
‘Sharp, sassy material with pitch perfect comic timing’ – The List
‘Bellyachingly funny’ – The Sunday Telegraph
‘Joyous stuff that most of us can relate to without it sounding clichéd, and it is delivered effortlessly by a comedian who owns the space he is working in so much, he could put up a flag’ ***** – The Independent