Jasper Carrott is an English comedian, who was born in Birmingham on March 14th, 1945. His real name is Robert Norman Davis.
Funky Moped Makes Jasper a Star
After being a compere at a folk club in the West Midlands, Carrott developed his own brand of comedy, together with his singing. It was through both that Carrott came to be known nationally, with his 1975 hit comedy song, ‘Funky Moped’. The single sold nearly a million copies.
It was a few years later that Jasper Carrott made his TV breakthrough, when he appeared on ITV’s ‘An Audience with Jasper Carrott’ in 1978. There were six shows in all, and it started a long-running series of ‘An Audience with…’, that is still running today. The format has since changed to one-off shows, with celebrities performing, and answering questions put to them from a celebrity audience.
‘An Audience with Jasper Carrott’ proved to be so popular that Carrott was named ITV Personality of the Year in 1979. Jasper Carrott won another award, a BAFTA, for his 1982 ‘Carrott’s Lib’ series, which he co-wrote. He also had brief flirtations with theatre and film in the 1980s.
Success of The Detectives
1992 was arguably Jasper Carrott’s best year in showbusiness. He starred with Robert Powell, when they played a couple of incompetent cops in ‘The Detectives’. The series ran for several years, and Carrott won the BBC TV’s Personality of the Year award in 1992.
Jasper Carrott has also been a regular on TV at Christmas time. His ‘Carrott’s Commercial Breakdown’ winning international awards, including at the Montreux Festival.
From the mid-1990s onwards, Jasper Carrott has had huge success with his live shows. His ‘Christmas Crackers’ specials helped charities, and featured many famous celebrities, including former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant, Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees, singer Cliff Richard, and comedian Bill Bailey.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Jasper Carrott has also been praised by other respected comedians, with the late Bob Monkhouse stating that Carrott’s series from 1999, ‘Back to the Front’, had the best stand-up humour on TV. In the early part of the 21st Century, Jasper Carrott’s live performances are still very much in demand, and he returned to TV in 2007 to present the game show, ‘Golden Balls’.
At the British Comedy Awards in 2008, Jasper Carrott received a Lifetime Achievement Award. He is widely recognized as one of the best stand-up comedians Britain has produced since the Second World War.