QI Panellist, Curator of the Museum of Curiosity
 and contributor to the QI Annuals 

Jimmy Carr is one of the most successful comedians in the UK, famous for his deadpan delivery and his dark and often edgy humour. He is also one of QI’s most successful panellists, notching up 24 appearances over eleven series. He has seamlessly adapted his deadpan style to QI’s conversational rhythm and it is now hard to imagine the show without him.
Jimmy was born in London to Irish parents but spent most of his childhood in the home counties. He read Political Sciences at Cambridge and then worked for Shell oil company in the marketing department. ‘It was sort of the easiest job in the world’, he says. ‘Do you drive a car? Does it have a petrol gauge? Well, that kind of did my job for me.’ However, he didn’t enjoy it and quit at the age of 26: ‘I didn’t like my life, I didn’t like the choices I’d made. I was very sad.’ And so, in an extraordinary ‘quarter-life crisis’ he gave up his job, renounced his Catholic faith, qualified as a psychotherapist and started to do stand-up comedy.
He has since become a hugely successful live performer and ‘literally the biggest face on television’, as he describes himself. He has hosted 8 out of 10 Cats, Distraction, Your Face or Mine?, and the annual Big Fat Quiz of the Year for Channel 4, as well as making up one quarter of the ensemble cast of 10 O’Clock Live. As a comedy writer, he has contributed material to Bo' Selecta! and Meet Ricky Gervais, and written for Lily Savage and Frank Skinner.
Jimmy is also the first comedian to have performed a live gig in cyberspace, having appeared in the virtual reality world of Second Life. Despite the opportunity to have an avatar that could look like anything he wished, he appeared as someone who doesn’t quite look like Jimmy Carr.

Jimmy Carr


Cats have nine lives. Makes them ideal for experimentation.

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I went up to the airport information desk. I said: "How many airports are there in the world?"

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I realised I was dyslexic when I went to a toga party dressed as a goat.

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