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Jimmy Carr

Kirsty Young interviews comedian Jimmy Carr.

Kirsty Young's castaway is the comedian and television presenter Jimmy Carr.

He is the son of Irish immigrant parents and grew up in Berkshire.

Despite being dyslexic, he got good enough A levels to study at Cambridge University. After graduating with a degree in Political Science, and working for a major multinational company in London, Jimmy had what he calls an 'early midlife crisis', during which he lost his Catholic faith and was generally unhappy.

He attended lots of therapy courses in an attempt to find out what would make him happier and eventually set out on the road to becoming a comedian.

He quickly got a reputation for his fierce work ethic, heading up annually to the Edinburgh Fringe, touring with a new show virtually every year, and hosting many a Channel 4 panel show including 8 Out of 10 Cats and the Big Fat Quiz of the Year.

He has also made a name for himself by becoming what he has called "the king of the inappropriate", drawing criticism for making jokes about sensitive subjects.

Producer: Sarah Taylor.

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35 minutes

Music Played

  • Kanye West

    Stronger

    • Graduation.
    • Mercury.
  • The Stone Roses

    I Am the Resurrection

    • The Complete Stone Roses.
    • Silvertone.
  • Paul Simon

    The Obvious Child

    • The Rhythm Of The Saints.
    • Warner.
  • Pixies

    U-Mass

    • Trompe Le Monde.
    • Beggars Banquet Records.
  • CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE

    • Death Cab for Cutie

      I Will Follow You Into The Dark

      • Plans.
      • Warner.
  • The Killers

    When You Were Young

    • Sam’s Town.
    • Mercury.
  • Belle and Sebastian

    The Boy With The Arab Strap

    • The Boy With The Arab Strap.
    • Jeepster Recordings.
  • Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z

    Crazy In Love

    • Dangerously In Love.
    • Sony.
  • BOOK CHOICE

    The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations

  • LUXURY ITEM

    A Coffee Machine

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Jimmy Carr
Producer Sarah Taylor

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