|Birth name||Jeremy James Hardy|
17 July 1961 |
|Medium||Television, radio and stand-up.|
|Alma mater||University of Southampton|
Jeremy James Hardy (born 17 July 1961) is an English comedian.
Born and raised in North Hampshire, he studied at the University of Southampton and began his stand-up career in the 1980s, going on to win the Perrier Comedy Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1988. Today he is best known for his appearances on radio panel shows such as the News Quiz and I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue.
Hardy was born in Farnborough, Hampshire. He attended Farnham College and studied Modern History and Politics at the University of Southampton. He started his stand-up career in the early 1980s, and won the Perrier Comedy Award in 1988 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He is best known for his radio work, particularly on The News Quiz, I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue and his long-running series of monologues Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation. His experiences in Palestine during the Israeli army incursions of 2002 became the subject of a feature documentary Jeremy Hardy vs. the Israeli Army (2003), directed by Leila Sansour.
He made his television debut in the late 1980s in various comedy shows including Blackadder Goes Forth (1989), and has presented a television documentary about the political background to the English Civil War as well as an edition of Top of the Pops in 1996. Hardy wrote a regular column for The Guardian until 2001.
His excruciatingly off-key singing is a long-running joke on the radio panel show I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, on which he appears regularly, and replicated to great disadvantage in the spin-off radio series "You'll Have Had Your Tea: The Doings of Hamish and Dougal.".
Hardy supported Irish nationalist Róisín McAliskey, the then-pregnant daughter of Bernadette Devlin McAliskey, when the former was accused of involvement in an IRA mortar attack in Germany, and put up part of the bail money to free her. He also supported the campaign to free Danny McNamee, wrongly convicted of involvement in the Provisional Irish Republican Army's (IRA) Hyde Park bombing on 20 July 1982.
In an edition of Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation on BBC Radio 4 "How to be Afraid," broadcast in September 2004, Hardy suggested that members and supporters of the BNP should be "shot in the back of the head", sparking complaints and causing Burnley Borough Council to cancel a show in the town over fears that it could be "disruptive" in an area with a recent history of racial tension.