Although his youthful good looks may make it hard to believe, Jeremy Hardy celebrates 30 years as a stand-up this year.
He will be performing at The Maltings in Berwick next week as part of his autumn tour.
The politely-caustic comic will engage audiences with his views on anything from death, class, gender and civil disobedience, to Michael Gove, children’s television, the American Civil War, capitalism and dogs. Thirty years of stand-up, world goings-on and life in general have given Jeremy Hardy no small dose of fuel for friendly fire.
Since 1984, Hardy has become a familiar face on the stand-up scene with accolades including Perrier Award Winner 1988 and Best Live Comedian at the ITV Comedy Awards in 1991.
He is best known for his work on Radio 4, including ‘The News Quiz’, ‘Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation’ (currently on Radio 4) and ‘I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue’ (which has made his horrible singing voice rather famous).
Writing credits include books ‘My Family And Other Strangers’ (2010), which chronicles his desperate search for interesting ancestors, ‘Jeremy Hardy Speaks To The Nation’ and ‘When Did You Last See Your Father?’.
Hardy has also had regular columns in The Guardian and The Evening Standard Magazine.
In 2002, his documentary ‘Jeremy Hardy V The Israeli Army’, concerning his experience with the International Solidarity Movement and the West Bank, went on general release in the UK and was screened internationally.
It caused Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian to say of Hardy: “Britain might just have found its very own Michael Moore”.
Acting-wise, Jeremy appeared in Mike Figgis’s film Hotel alongside Burt Reynolds, David Schwimmer and Rhys Ifans, and played the jailor in an episode of Blackadder Goes Forth. In 2008, he accompanied Robert Pattinson in the comedy How To Be.
He performs in Berwick on November 7.