Jeremy Hardy Wiki, Jeremy Hardy Bio
Jeremy Hardy Wiki: Jeremy James Hardy Born on 17 July 1961 Dies on 1 February 2019. He was an English comedian. Born and raised in Hampshire, Jeremy Hardy studied at the University of Southampton and began his stand-up career in the 1980s, going on to win the Perrier Comedy Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1988. He is best known for his appearances on radio panel shows such as the News Quiz and I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue.
|Jeremy Hardy Birth name||Jeremy James Hardy|
|Jeremy Hardy Born||17 July 1961 Farnborough, Hampshire, England|
|Jeremy Hardy Died||1 February 2019 (aged 57)|
|Jeremy Hardy Medium||Television, radio, and stand-up|
|Jeremy Hardy Nationality||British|
|Jeremy Hardy Alma mater||University of Southampton|
|Jeremy Hardy Wife||Kit Hollerbach
Jeremy Hardy Early life
Hardy was born in Aldershot, Hampshire, the fifth and youngest child of rocket scientist Donald D. Hardy (1925–2016) by his marriage to Sheila Stagg (1924–2012). He attended Farnham College and studied Modern History and Politics at the University of Southampton. Subsequently, he failed to obtain a place on a journalism course and considered becoming an actor or poet.
Jeremy Hardy Career
Hardy started scriptwriting before turning to stand-up comedy in London in the early 1980s, funded in part by the Enterprise Allowance Scheme. He won the Perrier Comedy Award in 1988 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
He made his television debut in the late 1980s, featuring regularly as Jeremy the boom operator in the Rory Bremner-led comedy show Now – Something Else on BBC Two, along with guest appearances on programmes including the BBC One talk show Wogan. He went on to feature in various comedy shows including Blackadder Goes Forth (1989), and presented a television documentary about the political background to the English Civil War as well as an edition of Top of the Pops in 1996. He was one of the two team captains on the BBC Two game show If I Ruled the World that ran for two series in 1998–1999.
Kit Hollerbach featured alongside him in the BBC radio sitcoms Unnatural Acts and At Home with the Hardys.
He became best known for his work on BBC Radio 4, particularly on The News Quiz, I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue and his long-running series of monologues Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation. His excruciatingly off-key singing was a long-running joke on the radio panel show I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, on which he appeared regularly, and which was replicated to great disadvantage in the spin-off radio series You’ll Have Had Your Tea: The Doings of Hamish and Dougal.
His experiences in Palestine during the Israeli army incursions of 2002 became the subject of a feature documentary Jeremy Hardy vs. the Israeli Army (2003), directed by Leila Sansour. A four-episode series entitled Jeremy Hardy Feels It was broadcast on Radio 4 in December 2017 to January 2018.
Hardy wrote a regular column for The Guardian until 2001. He then wrote a column in the London Evening Standard‘s magazine.
His first book, When Did You Last See Your Father, was published by Methuen in 1992. My Family and Other Strangers, based on his research into his family history, was published by Ebury Press on 4 March 2010.
Jeremy Hardy Political views
Hardy supported Irish nationalist Róisín McAliskey, the then-pregnant daughter of Bernadette Devlin McAliskey, when the former was accused of involvement in an IRA mortar attack in Germany and put up part of the bail money to free her. He also supported the campaign to free Danny McNamee, wrongly convicted of involvement in the Provisional Irish Republican Army’s (IRA) Hyde Park bombing on 20 July 1982.
In an edition of Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation on BBC Radio 4 “How to be Afraid,” broadcast in September 2004, Hardy suggested that members and supporters of the BNP should be “shot in the back of the head”, sparking complaints and causing Burnley Borough Council to cancel a show in the town over fears that it could be “disruptive” in an area with a recent history of racial tension.
In September 2016, Hardy performed at the Keep Corbyn rally in Brighton in support of Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign in the Labour Party leadership election. He and Corbyn were lifelong friends.
Jeremy Hardy Personal life
Jeremy Hardy married actress and comedian Kit Hollerbach and in 1990 adopted a daughter Elizabeth Hardy. Jeremy Hardy later married photographer and filmmaker Katie Barlow.
He was a close friend of comedian Linda Smith; when she died of ovarian cancer on 27 February 2006, he publicly eulogized her in many media and wrote her Guardian obituary.
Jeremy Hardy died on 1 February 2019 from cancer at the age of 57.
Jeremy Hardy obituary
Many people have the ability to express their political beliefs coherently and many people have the ability to be funny. Jeremy Hardy, who has died of cancer aged 57, had an astonishing ability to do both things at the same time.
For well over 20 years, Jeremy was a regular and popular panelist on both I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue – where he was notorious for his singing, which defied description as well as a definition as singing – and The News Quiz on BBC Radio 4. On The News Quiz, he appeared with four different chairmen, and his seemingly endless stream of articulate and hilarious comic indignation became indivisible from the show’s own identity. As well as being a reliable contributor to these panel shows, he also wrote and recorded an astonishing 10 series, around 50 episodes, of his own show, Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation (1993-2014).