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Carrott in 2006
|Birth name||Robert Norman Davis|
14 March 1945 |
Acocks Green, Birmingham, England
|Medium||Stand-up, television, game show host|
|Years active||1969-2005 (singer)
|Spouse||Hazel Jackson (m. 1973)|
|Children||4, including Lucy Davis|
Jasper Carrott, OBE (born Robert Norman Davis; 14 March 1945) is an English comedian, actor, television presenter, and personality.
Born in Shaftmoor Lane, Acocks Green, in Birmingham, Carrott was educated at Acocks Green primary school and Moseley School. He worked as a trainee buyer at a city centre department store, the Beehive, with schoolmate Bev Bevan.
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In February 1969 he started his own folk club, "The Boggery", in nearby Solihull with his friend Les Ward. Carrott performed folk songs and as an MC. His banter overtook the songs and he became more a comedian than singer. He also worked as a musical agent (with John Starkey, who was his manager from 1974 to 1992), as Fingimigig, managing among others Harvey Andrews. He toured UK rugby clubs. He recorded an album in 1973 called Jasper Carrot - In the Club, which he sold from his van. The album contained the original "Magic Roundabout", although mainly material used in his next three LPs (such as "Hare Krishna", "Car Insurance", "Bastity Chelt", and "Hava Nagila") plus the Fred Wedlock song "The Folker".
By the late 1970s, Carrott had developed anecdotal sketches which he still performs 30 years on. Often they purport to be autobiographical; many celebrate the Birmingham accent and culture, including his support of Birmingham City.
His live performances were recorded as Jasper Carrott Rabbitts on and on and on... and Carrott in Notts. Notable hits were "Bastity Chelt", a song in Spoonerism, "The Football Match" describing a visit to Old Trafford, "The Nutter on the Bus" (including the cry "Has anybody seen my camel?"), "The Mole" ("There's only one way to get rid of a mole - blow its bloody head off!") and "Zits" - an explanation of American slang for spots that brought the word into use in Britain.
In 1979 he published A Little Zit on the Side, a humorous autobiography. The follow-up, Sweet and Sour Labrador, mixed sections of stand-up routines with similar autobiographical material, much of it related to his world travels. Carrott was once a compère for the Birmingham Heart Beat Charity Concert 1986, which featured local bands such as Electric Light Orchestra and the Moody Blues, with a finale that included George Harrison from the Beatles. On 15 September 2007 he was inducted into the Birmingham Walk of Stars at the Arts Fest 2007 celebrations. The award was presented by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham. Carrott is the second inductee, following Ozzy Osbourne. Carrott was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the British Comedy Awards on 6 December 2008.
His first appearance on television was a half-hour show for BBC Midlands on 11 August 1975 in a programme about local football called "The Golden Game". Then in 1976, A Half Hour Mislaid with Jasper Carrott recorded at Pebble Mill. His break came two years later when Michael Grade asked for a pilot for LWT. Grade liked it and five further shows were recorded, which became his first TV series, An Audience with Jasper Carrott, in 1978, this partnership with LWT lasted until 1981, The Unrecorded Jasper Carrott (1979) and Beat the Carrott (1981) are the best known live stand-up performances from his time with LWT. Carrott often appeared alongside comedy legend Sammy 'Shinpads' Higgins during his rise to fame.
He moved to the BBC for Carrott's Lib, a Saturday night comedy broadcast live, and then a string of BBC shows. The most notable were Carrott's Commercial Breakdown, which broadcast weird adverts from around the world, and the sketch and stand-up shows Carrott Confidential, 24 Carrott Gold, The Trial of Jasper Carrott and Canned Carrott, some of which also featured Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis.
Canned Carrott also featured a spoof police drama called The Detectives, co-starring Robert Powell, which turned into a series. In 2002-04, he starred in the sitcom All About Me. He performed in several of the Secret Policeman's Ball charity concerts for Amnesty International, and returned to the stage in 2004 at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham featuring classic routines from his career. He returned to singing for the musical Go Play Up Your Own End (written by Malcolm Stent, songs by Harvey Andrews) in 2005.
In 2005, he appeared in and put on the first of Jasper Carrott's Rock With Laughter concerts. He appeared alongside Bill Bailey, Bonnie Tyler, Lenny Henry, Bobby Davro, the Lord of the Dance troupe and Bev Bevan. This became a regular at the NEC in Birmingham, usually in December and sometimes alternating with his "Jasper Carrott's Christmas Crackers" events, but there have also been a few summer shows too.
In summer 2007, Carrott hosted the Endemol-produced game show Golden Balls for ITV1. Promising ratings led to a second series in January 2008. Carrott would often refer to the golden balls as his own testicles which added to the humour of the show. A third series began in April 2008, and a fourth in October 2008. A fifth and six series were shown in 2009. He hosted the Sunday night national pub quiz, Cash Inn. He was 20th in Channel 4's 100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians show.
Since then his work is noted under 'Filmography' below.
Carrott has written three humorous and sexual autobiographical paperbacks: A Little Zit on the Side (1979), Sweet and Sour Labrador (1982) and An Orange Carrott In A 'Not So Underage After All' Hole (1986). He also wrote a novel called Shop! or a Store is Born.
Also of interest is a book by Carrott's former manager John Starkey, Jasper and Me (1993; Etsiketsi Books).
Carrott has been married to his wife Hazel (née Jackson), a former local journalist, since 1973. They have three daughters and one son: actress Lucy Davis, Hannah, Jenny, and Jake.
Carrott is a supporter, and was a director, of Birmingham City. He was awarded an OBE in 2002 "for charitable services". The University of Birmingham awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2004, following a similar award from Aston University in 1995.
Carrott lives in Dorridge, near Solihull. He was a runner and supported Knowle Fun Run through sponsorship and publicity, in 2001 donating thousands of pounds, £10 for each person who beat him. He is also a patron and fundraiser for Sunfield Children's Home, a school for children with autism. The school is in Clent.
On 2 April 2018, Carrott had a heart bypass operation.
|2015||The One Show||Himself/guest presenter||11 December 2015|
|2012||The One Jasper Carrott||Himself||9 January 2012|
|2004||24 Carrott Gold: The Best of Jasper Carrott||Himself||recorded live at the NIC in Birmingham|
|2002-2004||All About Me||Colin Craddock|
|1999||Jasper Carrott - Back to the Front||Himself|
|1999||Jasper Carrott - You've Left Silk On My Milk||Patrick Butler||With Javier Bardem|
|1997||The Jasper Carrott Trial||Himself||based on the original BBC radio series|
|1996||Carrott's Commercial Breakdown 4||Himself|
|1993||Carrott's Commercial Breakdown 3||Himself|
|1993-1997||The Detectives||Bob Louis||30 episodes, 5 series & 1 Special|
|1992||One Jasper Carrott||Himself||recorded live at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane|
|1991||Carrott's Commercial Breakdown 2||Himself|
|1990||24 Carrott Gold||Himself||recorded live at Stratford Upon Avon|
|1989||Carrott's Commercial Breakdown||Himself|
|1987||Jane and the Lost City||Heinrich / Herman / Hans|
|1987||Carrott Confidential||Himself||this includes an election special broadcast on BBC2, and a special trailer for the 2nd series, broadcast on Friday 15 January 1988, which took the form of a mini sketch with Carrott dressed as Anne Robinson on 'Pointless Views'|
|Jasper Carrott - Learner Driver(Mother in Law)||Himself||short animated film, unknown TX date|
|1984||Jasper Carrott - I've Got This Mole||Himself||short animated film, LWT|
|1983||Look After My Horse When I'm Gone||Roy Strong & Martha The Horse||short animated film, LWT|
|1982||The Secret Policeman's Other Ball||Himself|
|1981||Beat the Carrott||Himself||live from the London Palladium|
|1981||Carrott Del Sol (Sago)||Himself|
|1980||Carrott Gets Rowdie||Himself|
|1979||The Unrecorded Jasper Carrott||Himself||live from the Theatre Royal Drury Lane|
|1978||An Audience With Jasper Carrott||Himself|
|1976||A Half Hour Mislaid with Jasper Carrott||Himself|