Jimmy Carr must still be smarting from last year’s mauling at the hands of the national press about his involvement in a tax-avoidance scheme.
Or at least that’s what I reckon given that when The Gazette asked for a review ticket to see his show at the Opera House on Saturday (which isn’t usually a problem – we review all shows), the answer was a terse ‘there are no press tickets available’.
Quite why Jimmy is so sensitive is beyond me for the chances of the fella getting a bad review are limited – he is, without doubt, a master of his trade and one of the best comics of his generation.
The 40-year-old Londoner graduated from Cambridge University and got a marketing job at Shell.
He ditched it for a shot at comedy and hasn’t looked back, host of 8 out of 10 Cats, 10 O’Clock Live and, perhaps lesser known, writer for the likes of Bo Selecta, Ricky Gervais and Frank Skinner.
Stand-up comedy is his main thing though and the man’s energy is something to behold – he is virtually always on the road.
The show he’s performing at the Opera House on Saturday is called Gagging Order (a few tickets still available – call the box office on 0844 856 1111), though unfortunately it won’t feature The Killers ... Carr hooked up with the band in 2009 in Las Vegas for some cabaret style shows; he told jokes, they sang.
As for the recent scandal – Carr storing his fortune in a shady tax avoidance scheme – the comedian a is unlikely to mention it on stage for he was left battered and bruised by the press and public reaction.
Even David Cameron got involved. “People work hard, they pay their taxes, they save up to go to one of his shows. They buy the tickets,” said the PM.
“He is taking the money from those tickets and he, as far as I can see, is putting all of that into some very dodgy tax avoiding schemes.”
Carr later pulled out of the scheme and apologised for “a terrible error of judgement”.
On stage Carr is a comic who takes risks and speaks his mind.
He’s a regular visitor to Blackpool and rarely disappoints – should be good ... just a pity we won’t see it.