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.
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.
“A comedian who owns the space he is working in so much, he could put a flag up” – The Independent