There are very few comedians who can switch their stage act to TV and visa-versa, but Carrot does so effortlessly. I have been a fan of Jasper Carrot since his early days at the Boggery. Around that time there were many slice-of-life comedians developing this new style, max Boyce, Mike Harding, Billy Conelly to name but a few, but apart from Conelly and Jasper Carrot you don't hear about them on TV anymore. Carrot has a wonderful ability to take almost any everyday event and create a comedy sketch about it. Who can forget those immortal sagas of his loopy labrador and and the mole in his garden? What makes Carrot unique is his ability to create these images in the mind of the listener whether they hear it on TV, radio or CD. He never has any need to resort to vulgarity or bad language to raise a laugh, relying instead on the human nature to look for double meanings and the expectation that wherever he goes something hillarious will befall him. In an interview he once said that the characters he creates are often based on an amalgam of people he knows, which is very worrying when you come to think of The Detectives. It is a great pity there is not more series like Carrot confidential on TV, if more of us saw the humour in every situation as he does the world would be a much happier place.
Jasper Carrot for a long time has been a comedian who is not afraid to laugh at himself. Carrot Confidential is an illustration of this. He can be the target for his own jokes and plays characters very well. Also he is an excellent observation comedian. He reminds me a lot of Dave Allen, when he is talking to the audience. The spin off series, The Detectives was also hilarious and who would have thought anyone would hae got Robert Powell to play such a role. Jasper also laughs at adverts and generally gives the impression he is having fun, which beneifits the audience. He can be controverial in his views, but is rarely crude. All in all this is a very good show. A repeat I don't mind seeing again.
Jaspar is one of my all time great stand up comedians! He has already proved his talent as he has been around for nearly 30 years making us laugh. In the 70's he made a record titled 'Funky Moped' that went up the charts and was really purchased for the B side which was a song called 'The Magic Roundabout'. This side was banned as it contained a naughty story about the children's popular TV programme. All the same, it was hilarious! He is a comic from the Midlands that has a strong brummie accent. His facial expressions themselves can have me in stitches. He has aged well and is still pulling out some great gags. He has the talent of turning everyday things or current events into really funny stories - I like that in a comic. It isn't just about telling jokes, that can get boring after a while, but good comic's like Jaspar are rare. He never seems to have to struggle for the next joke or story, he can play straight into one. Many of his shows are available on video and all as funny as each other and he can still be seen on TV late on Saturday nights on BBC1. That's worth the licence fee alone!
Absolute NAF is what I call the Carrott comedy that's been on recently. I'm even finding it hard thinking of enough words to say about it. Maybe I've just grown out of the "Safe" jokes he goes on about. I used to enjoy watching this sort of comedy with my Dad when I was about 10 - 15 years of age. Maybe it's a middle age, thing but he just doesn't understand those of us with any form of body decoration or ecological idea's, Is it him who has changed or me I wonder. I've seen too much Billy Connolly and Eddie Izzard and he just doesn't compare, he's just not alternative enough, that's it! In twenty years time I'll be wingging about "these new comedians, their just not funny" so sorry Jasper you don't get my vote, I'm not old enough yet!!
I was never a fan of Jasper Carrott until a few years ago, when the first series of 'The Detectives' in which he starred as inept CID officer, with Robert Powell as his equally inept partner was screened on BBC1. Around the same time, BBC1 also repeated some of his earlier stand up comedy shows, from the 1980s and early 1990s. Carrott Confidential was one of these. The humour is razor sharp, but unlike many comedians oftoday, Jasper Carrott does not rely on bad language to get his point across. Some of his jokes may be a little near to the mark, but mostly, would just go right over the heads of children if they were watching. Jasper Carrott is far from politically correct, but if that doesn't bother you, then he's definitely a good comedian to watch. Unfortunately, he hasn't done any new TV work for a while, and people seem to have forgotten about him somewhat, which is a shame. I always watch Jasper Carrott when he's on TV now, even if it's not a stand up show, and hopefully he'll do some new TV material soon.
This comedy by Jasper Carrot is still as funny today as when it was first shown on Television. In my opinion this series was toned down for some reason, as it doesn’t seem to have the same edge as some of his other work. Foul language isn’t a problem unlike some other comedians children can watch this series that makes a change. I have seen it repeated on a Satellite channel but for the life of me I cant remember which one it was. Watch this programme if you can it’s good.
I remember Jasper Carrot from his days on radio, when his style was seen as new and innovative, mostly he was very funny. If you watch the repeats of carrot confidential you will see that he is still funny, but there have been so many more newer contemporary comedians which have become better known, such as Ben Elton, Jo Brand and the pair that introduced fantasy Football (Skinner and Baddiel?), that he has been somewhat left behind. The comedy doesn't have the same political edge as the newer comedians, but this does not mean it is not as amusing, it is just not as sharp, but is infinitely more suitable for children!