Jimmy Carr: Funny Business
Time Out says
Get ready for night packed with belly laughs, outrageous gags, and of course, knob jokes
One of the hottest – and bluest – comedians on the circuit, Jimmy Carr has just announced a third Hong Kong show in September due to a huge demand for tickets.
We like to keep our pages clean of profanities where possible at Time Out, just in case your gran is reading. So writing about British blue, nay frequently offensive, standup artist Jimmy Carr, without using bad language is practically impossible. But we’re going to give it a try: the really funny Jimmy Carr is coming to Hong Kong in August to tell some particularly hilarious jokes. There. That wasn’t hard. Oo-er. Innuendo alert. Carr’s take on comedy is infectious...
Carr was originally slated for two shows here but, just before we went to print, a third was announced due to the tickets selling out so fast. And it’s no surprise. The cheeky-chappy-with-dark-undertones performer is hugely popular with audiences worldwide, probably down to the fact that he can deliver the most cringeworthy, offensive joke and then get away with it by flashing a quick smile and laughing like a seal with asthmatic tendencies. Expect this sort of tomfoolery when he graces the city for two gigs on September 24 and one more on September 25.
One of the most striking features of the show, which is part of Carr’s Funny Business tour, is that it’s being staged at King George V School in Ho Man Tin. Yes. A school. And this is a man who’s rarely short of a paedophile pun or five. A comedian who is as much known for his smut as he is for his wit (and tax endeavours – read the newspapers if you missed this story, people). Of course, the gigs are for adults, as school is very much out in summer but the irony hasn’t exactly escaped us at Time Out Towers.
If you like racy humour, Carr’s show is for you. While many comedians opt for a narrative-driven style, often centred around anecdotes or a personal experience, Carr’s stage act is driven by a volley of one-liners that leave the audience crushing grapes, whether it’s from laughter or, well, otherwise. The English comedian was born in London and his career has been constantly on the rise due to his signature dark humour, satire and deadpan delivery. He won numerous awards throughout the 2000s, including two LAFTAs for Funniest Man, a British Comedy Award for Best Live Stand Up and a Time Out Award for Best Stand Up in 2002. The Funny Business tour received a Netflix special when he hit London’s Hammersmith Apollo in November. He has even released a book titled The Naked Jape which discusses the history of standup comedy and the theory of joke-telling, straight from the horse’s mouth.
Though the jokes can get dodgy, there is something for everyone at a Carr show. Religion, for starters. The 43-year-old was raised in a Catholic household and remained somewhat Christian until, at the age of 26, he decided to become an atheist. He once told another publication that ‘if you think this life is all you’ve got, carpe diem really kicks in’. Also, expect an adept skill in dealing with hecklers at Carr’s gigs. The performer once said that having a great sense of humour and ability to handle hecklers was a prerequisite for when he was a kid in his circle of friends.
Expect fast-paced blue comedy when Carr hits our shores. It should be irreverent in all the best ways and controversial too, leaving Hongkongers in stitches. With our pretty precarious social situations to pick on, the comedian should have ample material. Enjoy some racy comedy and forget about the world outside. All you need is a little funny business in September.
Thu Sep 8, 7pm & 9pm, Fri Sep 9, 8pm, King George V School, Ho Man Tin.
*UPDATE: Due to unforeseen filming commitments, Carr's August 24th and 25th shows have been rescheduled to September 8th and 9th; tickets purchased for original dates are valid for the new dates. If you're unable to attend, you can find more details on how to get a refund here.
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