Alan’s BBC Radio 2 show, No stranger to yap, in 2015, Alan yapped his way around the UK & Ireland with his brand new, highly anticipated stand-up show Yap, Yap, Yap! In 2011, Spexy Beast Live, a 33-date arena tour, culminated in the successful DVD of the same name. Son of Graham Carr (one-time Northampton Town FC player and later manager) Alan sportingly took on the Arsenal ladies team in 2008 in aid of Comic Relief. His formative years were spent working in a supermarket as well as a call centre for lost and stolen credit cards.The DVD of Alan’s 2007 stand-up show, Tooth Fairy Live topped the HMV charts and was a Christmas 2007 best-seller. In 2002, his Edinburgh Festival show ‘Me ‘Ead’s Spinnin’ earned a four star review in Edinburgh bible, as well as numerous ‘Pick Of The Fringe’ accolades.In previous years a clutch of awards from the 2012 National Television Award for Best Talk Show, 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.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.'I said to her, "Let me have your number", and she wrote it on my wrist. But, sitting here drinking tea in a café in London's Soho, it's clear that he's just as bemused as anyone by the fact that Winehouse and co are now on his speed dial. Family matters: 'When my dad asked what I was doing to him by going into performing arts, I told him I'd show him through the medium of expressive dance''Weird things happen now,' he confides.
is now firmly established as one of the nation’s favourite entertainment TV shows.
Guests from past series include: Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Robin Williams, Pharell, Britney Spears, Cameron Diaz, Taylor Swift, Vin Diesel, Adele, Justin Bieber, Grace Jones, Drew Barrymore, Lionel Richie, David Walliams, Mariah Carey, Russell Brand, Samuel L Jackson, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Bette Midler, Sharon Osbourne, One Direction, Gok Wan and Miranda Hart. Alan has been described as “the spiritual son of Frankie Howerd” ().
Comedian Alan Carr holds up his mobile phone and begins scrolling through his address book.
'Amy Winehouse is quite a recent one,' he says, flashing the handset at me. Paul O'Grady: he's lovely, he's one of my heroes.' Anyone listening to Alan reeling off his celebrity mates might accuse the star of The Sunday Night Project and Celebrity Ding Dong of being a shameless name-dropper.
The success of the first series of his own chat show, .
Alan is the winner of the 2015 National Television Award for Best Chat Show Host, 2014 Royal Television Society Award for Best Entertainment Performance, the 2013 BAFTA for Best Entertainment Performance and 2013 British Comedy Award for Best Comedy Entertainment Personality.