The Spexy Beast returns

Alan Carr photographed by John Wright

Alan Carr photographed by John Wright

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COMIC Alan Carr will return to the island for a special warm-up show before his major UK and Ireland tour – Spexy Beast.

The goofy star of Channel 4’s Alan Carr: Chatty Man will take to the stage at the Villa Marina on Friday, August 5.

He will be trying out new material for his forthcoming 33 date arena tour – his first UK tour in more than four years. He last performed in the island in 2007.

Since winning the BBC New Comedy Award for Stand Up in 2001, Alan has become one of the hottest comedy stars in Britain. The success of the first series of his own chat show led to Channel 4 commissioning a further three series, plus a 2009 Christmas Special.

The hilarious 35-year-old was born in Weymouth, Dorset, but grew up in Northampton, before graduating in drama and theatre studies at Middlesex University and then moving to Manchester to seek his fortune.

Despite being openly gay, the star does not focus on that in his comedic material, which is a mish-mash of unlucky experiences and quirky observations. Alan has revealed that as a youngster he was bullied for being fat, gay, goofy, wearing glasses and also for the football results as his dad was the manager of the local team. His father, Graham Carr, an ex-professional footballer and current head scout at Newcastle United, was determined that his son would follow in the family tradition and become a footballer. He has still not seen Alan perform although he has apparently watched one of his DVDs.

But Alan has claimed that such experiences have only made him stronger – and no doubt it has helped in writing great material.

After receiving his award in 2001, Alan went to perform a well-received set at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2002. In 2005 he was named the Best Circuit Comic in the Northwest.

By 2006 he had won LAFTA’s Funniest Entertainment Show and the Golden Rose of Montreaux for Best Entertainment Show for the Friday Night Project, LAFTA’s Funniest Double Act (with Justin Lee Collins) and Best in Show at the Sheffield Comedy Festival.

He now has a Saturday night Radio 2 show called Going Out with Alan Carr. However, his shining reputation was slightly tarnished when he received criticism for going on air drunk after drinking a bottle of wine in his hour off with his co-host Melanie Sykes.

He also faced controversy in 2008 when he dedicated an award to Karen Matthews, the infamous mother convicted of kidnapping her young daughter Shannon Matthews. He was criticised for making a sick and insenstive joke and he subsequently apologised.

But he could be redeemed by the fact that in 2006 he apparently helped to save the life of a man clinging on to Blackpool pier by his fingertips. Alan pulled the man to safety, along with entertainer Lionel Blair.

Alan has been with partner Paul Drayton for two and a half years now although neither plan to marry or have children. The comedian reportedly said marriage was ‘the kiss of death’ and that he ‘hates’ kids!

He has continued to be popular and to win more awards including British Comedy Award for Best Live Stand Up, Cosmopolitan Celebrity Men Of The Year (with Justin Lee Collins) and British Comedy Award for Best Entertainment Personality. He has also appeared at comedy festivals all over the world, including in Australia and Canada

So far he has only taken on one tour of the UK – The Tooth Fairy. The DVD of the Spexy Beast tour will be realeased in November .

l Tickets, costing £27.50, are available on the ticket hotline on 600555, via www.villagaiety.com or at the Welcome Centre at the Sea Terminal.

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