One of Britain’s most acclaimed stand-up comedians brings Funny Business to Vienna
After their runaway success in bringing live, English-language comedy to the Gartenbau with the likes of Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey, Russel Brand and Eddie Izzard, Stand Up, Vienna! now brings another star entertainer to town: With a persona that combines a characteristic laugh, posh accent, impeccable suits and dark, snarky humor delivered with bone-dry wit, Jimmy Carr has been charming and offending (ideally simultaneously) audiences for 15 years, winning numerous awards along the way.
Known to a broad audience for his television work, most notably Channel 4’s panel show 8 out of 10 cats and The Big Fat Quiz of the Year, his stand-up show sees the gloves come off, featuring edgier material than would be possible on a network. A skilled ad-libber who can take down hecklers with ease, his style
generally eschews observational humor in favor of a more classic approach, with deadpan, rapid-fire deployment of zingy one-liners often employing wordplay or a shock factor. Always moving on to the next one before the audience has time to recover, it’s somewhat reminiscent of Bob Hope – if he were from
Islington and meeting Don Rickles at a Saville Row tailor’s.
Perhaps the greatest acknowledgement he has gained so far was after being caught in a tax-dodging scheme in 2012: even Prime Minister David Cameron weighed in, calling it “morally wrong”. He responded in characteristic fashion, first apologizing for a “terrible error of judgement”, then adding tax evasion jokes to his act. His current show Funny Business has already been seen by over 200,000 people in the UK.