A career that has spanned five decades first started when Jasper became resident compére at the Boggery Folk Club in Birmingham in the mid-seventies. There he discovered his talent for comedy, and his inability to sing; the rest, as they say, is history.
A hugely popular stalwart of the British folk club scene, his comedy single Funky Moped shot to the top of the British pop charts in 1975, establishing him as a household name overnight. The flipside was his take on the legendary Magic Roundabout, a record still sought out today by a whole new generation of fans.
Highlights of his career have included An Audience with Jasper Carrott, the original London Weekend Television show, The Unrecorded Jasper Carrott, a unique live-to-air one hour Saturday night comedy show, the BAFTA award-winning Carrott’s Lib, Carrott’s Commercial Breakdown, in the 1990s, winner of Best Independent Prize at the prestigious Montreux Festival, The Detectives, the long-running BBC television series with Robert Powell, Back to Front, The Mikado at The Savoy Theatre in London, BBC family sit-com All About Me, 24 CarrottGold, ITV One’s game-show Golden Balls and The One Jasper Carrott, a return to BBC TV for a one-off stand-up show broadcast on BBC One in January 2012.
Awards and accolades have followed Jasper throughout his career, including BBC TV Personality of the Year, a Gold Medal at the New York TV and Film Awards, Midlander of the Year Award, his own ‘Star’ on Birmingham’s Walk of Stars and the British Comedy Awards Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. In recognition of his outstanding work for charity, Jasper Carrott was awarded an OBE in Her Majesty’s New Year’s Honours List in 2003.
However, with typical restraint, Jasper says that his notable achievements are: two gold albums, four silver discs, 1.5 million books and two T-shirts!
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