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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 and New Year Specstaculars. Now the show is booked to continue into 2014. In September 2013, the 100th episode was aired with A-list guests, Justin Timberlake and Rihanna.
Alan's hit Channel 4 chat show Alan Carr: Chatty Man continues to go from strength-to-strength. Winner of the 2013 BAFTA for Best Entertainment Performance and 2013 British Comedy Award for Best Comedy Entertainment Personality, and in previous years a clutch of awards from the 2012 National Television Award for Best Talk Show, and 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. NTA's 2012
Guests from past series include: Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Cameron Diaz, Vin Diesel, Adele, Grace Jones, Drew Barrymore, Robin Williams, David Walliams, Mariah Carey, Russell Brand, Samuel L Jackson, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Robbie Williams, Bette Midler, Sharon Osbourne, One Direction, Gok Wan and Miranda Hart.
Alan Carr's New Year Specstaculars aired on New Year's Eve 2011, 2012 and 2013 on Channel 4 and his Summer Specstaculars include a Grand National Special in 2013 and 2014. Alan's Specstacular guests have included Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, Russell Brand, Jack Whitehall, Abbey Clancy, Mo Farrah.
Alan's BBC Radio 2 show, Going Out with Alan Carr, ran every Saturday ran between 2009-2012 with Alan presenting alongside the lovely Melanie Sykes.
In 2011, Alan travelled the country with his second live tour. Spexy Beast Live was a 33-date arena tour and 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. His autobiography Look Who It Is was published in September 2008 by HarperCollins and has become a 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").
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 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, 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 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!
Sharp, sassy material with pitch perfect comic timing The List
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