A night of comedy to commemorate the genius of Jeremy Hardy, as performed by his friends.
Join Mark Steel, Jack Dee, Harry Enfield, Miles Jupp, Angela Barnes, Imran Yusuf, Seann Walsh and Shappi Khorsandi – plus others – as they celebrate one of the most hilarious and influential comedians of the past three decades. Also on the bill is an appearance from the team of I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, the legendary BBC Radio 4 panel show on which Jeremy was a regular for decades.
On February 1st 2019, Jeremy passed away from cancer, leaving not just a hole in the world of comedy but, also, a strong legacy of championing human rights, peace and political awareness. To mark this legacy, friends and fellow comedians have decided to stage this event in his memory – and provide the kind of laughs Jeremy was so much loved and famed for.
Jeremy Hardy became a stand-up in January 1984. He won the Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival in 1988, and Best Live Act at the ITV Comedy Awards in 1991. Throughout his life, he never stopped gigging. He was a stalwart of Radio 4, best known for At Home With The Hardys, Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation, The News Quiz, I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, and Jeremy Hardy Feels It.
His TV work included Now Something Else with Rory Bremner, Blackadder Goes Forth, Jack and Jeremy’s Real Lives with Jack Dee, If I Ruled the World with Graeme Garden and Clive Anderson, and Jack Dee’s Helpdesk. He appeared in the films Hotel and How to Be, and the feature documentary Jeremy Hardy v the Israeli Army, in which he challenged the military occupation of the West Bank. He wrote columns for The Guardian and Red Pepper, and three books: When Did You Last See Your Father, Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation, and My Family and Other Strangers.
In 2020, to mark a year of his passing, Two Roads publishers released Jeremy Hardy Speaks Volumes. The book, compiled by Jeremy’s wife Katie Barlow and radio producer David Tyler, is a compilation of Hardy’s stand-up, radio and miscellaneous material – amassed over his career and demonstrating his unique wit and wisdom. It also features tributes from friends, family and fellow comedians, as well as an epilogue from Katie herself. It is available in hardback and Ebook format.