Jimmy Carr ‘recovering from career suicide’ quips 8 out of 10 cats co-star after backlash | Television & Radio | Showbiz and television
Tom Allen hosted the National Comedy Awards for Stand Up To Cancer which aired on Channel 4 on Saturday. The annual event came after a clip resurfaced from Jimmy Carr’s Netflix special, His Dark Material, where he made a joke about the Holocaust as part of his routine. The comedian’s remarks sparked outrage from the public and celebrities, and Tom swept Jimmy away at the awards show.
“It’s been a tough few years for everyone,” The Apprentice You’re Fired host said during his opening remarks.
“Speaking on behalf of comedians, our thriving industry has been turned upside down, as comedy clubs and theaters have been left as empty as Prince Andrew’s diary, so kind of him to relieve Jimmy Carr,” he said. – he points out.
The teasing of Jimmy didn’t stop there, with Tom – who is a regular guest on 8 out of 10 cats – adding: “We were hoping Jimmy Carr would present this award, but he’s still recovering from a nasty career suicide. ”
Despite the many punches thrown at Jimmy, comedian Katherine Ryan underscored the importance of protecting the “roast comedy” genre when she received her accolade for Outstanding Performances in Female Comedy Entertainment.
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Speaking about her appearances on Jimmy-hosted shows such as 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Katherine explained: “It will be 10 years in May since I first appeared on 8 Out Of 10 Cats – most of me first appeared in 8 Out Of 10 Cats.
“It evolved into 8 out of 10 cats does a countdown, and I always looked forward to when Jimmy Carr would do the roast joke on me, you know?
“It’s a genre of comedy that he happens to be the best at.”
The 38-year-old comic added: “I think it’s really important that we all protect this genre even though people are offended by it.
The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust described Jimmy’s routine as “truly disturbing” in shedding light on the murders of hundreds of thousands of people from Traveler communities.
According to the trust, up to 500,000 Romans and Sinti were killed by the Nazis during World War II.
Olivia Marks-Woldman, chief executive of the charity, said: “We are absolutely appalled by Jimmy Carr’s commentary on the persecution suffered by Roma and Sinti under Nazi oppression, and horrified that bursts of laughter followed his remarks.
“Hundreds of thousands of Roma and Sinti have suffered prejudice, slave labor, sterilization and mass murder simply because of their identity – these are not experiences to mock.”
Celebrities such as Rob Rinder and Jay Rayner also criticized Jimmy’s remarks.
Netflix, which was asked to remove the special, declined to comment on the matter.
Jimmy also did not comment on his remarks in the special.
The National Comedy Awards are now available on All4.