An unrepentant old-school comic, condemned for spouting misogynist and homophobic views and long banished from prime-time television, Davidson and his shtick appeared dated even before serious sexual allegations had threatened to end his career in disgrace.
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Anyone witnessing comic Jim Davidson’s return to the stage this month could be forgiven for thinking the 57-year-old was getting his comeuppance for the racist, sexist routine he trotted out before a shift in good taste saw him whisked off our screens nearly 20 years ago.
In the play Stand Up And Be Counted, Davidson is bigoted old comedian Eddie Pierce, who is confronted in one scene by a young, black stand-up comic and berated for the years he spent cracking jokes at the expense of pretty much every minority under the sun.
Scotland Yard said earlier that a 59-year-old man was held in west London at around noon yesterday after a 53-year-old man had been arrested in Hampshire, both on suspicion of sexual offences linked to Operation Yewtree.
They have since been released on bail until March, pending further inquiries. He answered police questions as fully as he was able after this passage of time. "Neither he nor I will be making any further comment." The allegations are not directly linked to Savile, the Metropolitan Police said.
He told Davidson how he had been taunted in the playground thanks to one of the comic’s regular Seventies routines involving a West Indian character called Chalky White. So wrong, indeed, that he began — perhaps for the first time in his life — to look inwards and ask himself whether he really was the racist, sexist, homophobe he had been branded, or whether he was merely misunderstood.
One of Davidson’s favourite jokes involved the dope-smoking Chalky walking across a zebra crossing. The result is his play, in which Davidson and Blaize recreate that confrontation, using the characters of Eddie Pierce as the old-school comic and Earl T. For a man once dismissed as a comedy dinosaur — a crude, brash, hard-drinking, Page Three Girl-loving bigot — it’s a rather astute piece of work.
house at the start of January, the comedian was under no illusions about his standing with the public.
“I could cure Aids and give £1bn to women’s groups and people would still think I was a racist, sexist twat,” he said.
After becoming established as a stand-up comedian, Carr began to appear in a number of Channel 4 television shows, becoming the host of the panel show 8 Out of 10 Cats and also The Big Fat Quiz of the Year, a comedy panel show that airs each December to review the past year.
Carr was born in Isleworth, London to Irish parents from Limerick: Patrick James Carr (born 1945), an accountant who became the treasurer for computer company Unisys, and Nora Mary (née Lawlor; 19 September 1943 – 7 September 2001).
The cheeky cockney comic, who shot to fame in the late 1970s with a routine impersonating West Indians and who once joked about accidentally giving his third wife a “black eye”, had been transformed into a tweed-sporting 60-year-old, idolised by runner-up Dappy as an unlikely substitute for the father he lost as a teenager.