How did I get here? From Best New Stand Up in 2001, to rubbing shoulders with A-listers on my very own chat show…
Find out how it all happened in my official curriculum vitae…
Since winning the BBC New Comedy Award for Stand-up as well as CityLife 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 umpteen further series as well as Christmas Specials and his summer, New Year and Grand National Specstaculars.
Alan is the winner of the 2015 National Television Award for Best Chat Show Host, 2014 Royal Television Society Award for Best Entertainment Performance, the 2013 BAFTA for Best Entertainment Performance and 2013 British Comedy Award for Best Comedy Entertainment Personality.
In previous years a clutch of awards from the 2012 National Television Award for Best Talk Show, the 2012 Loaded LAFTA Award for Best Stand Up and the 2010 TV Choice Awards for Best Entertainment Show. There were also nominations for Best New British Comedy & Best Comedy Entertainment Personality at the 2009 British Comedy Awards. Alan Carr: Chatty Man is now firmly established as one of the nation’s favourite entertainment TV shows.
Guests from past series include: Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Robin Williams, Pharell, Britney Spears, Cameron Diaz, Taylor Swift, Vin Diesel, Adele, Justin Bieber, Grace Jones, Drew Barrymore, Lionel Richie, David Walliams, Mariah Carey, Russell Brand, Samuel L Jackson, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Bette Midler, Sharon Osbourne, One Direction, Gok Wan and Miranda Hart.
Alan’s BBC Radio 2 show, Going Out with Alan Carr, ran every Saturday between 2009-2012 with Alan presenting alongside the lovely Melanie Sykes. Alan and Mel were invited back for a Boxing Day special, All the Trimmings with Alan and Mel, in 2015.
Alan Carr on stage – Spexy Beast tour, 2011. Photo by Andy Hollingworth
“A comedian who owns the space he is working in so much, he could put a flag up” The Independent
No stranger to yap, in 2015, Alan yapped his way around the UK & Ireland with his brand new, highly anticipated stand-up show Yap, Yap, Yap! Now a DVD, released November 2015.
In 2011, Spexy Beast Live, a 33-date arena tour, culminated in the successful DVD of the same name. The DVD of Alan’s 2007 stand-up show, Tooth Fairy Live topped the HMV charts and was a Christmas 2007 best-seller.
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”). Alan has presented Channel 4’s fundraising show, Stand Up To Cancer when the show aired in 2012 and 2014.
Son of Graham Carr (one-time Northampton Town FC player and later manager) Alan 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 has been described as “the spiritual son of Frankie Howerd” (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, and was the The Daily Telegraph‘s Critic’s Choice. There were no surprises, 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 appeared 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 and Spexy Beast tours.
Alan doesn’t just perform for commoners, he has performed for her Majesty The Queen at the Royal Variety Performance too!
Alan is Patron of Neuroblastoma UK. Neuroblastoma is an aggressive childhood cancer and the charity fund vital research into combating this childhood cancer.