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Jeremy Hardy (born 17 July 1961) is an English alternative comedian.

Born in Aldershot but now living in Streatham, he is known for his socialist politics coupled with a very English delivery. He studied Modern History and Politics at the University of Southampton. Hardy started his stand-up career in the early 1980s, and won the Perrier Comedy Award in 1988 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He is best known for his radio work, particularly on The News Quiz and his long running series of comic lectures Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation. 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. He made his television debut in the late 1980s in various comedy shows including Blackadder Goes Forth (1989), has presented a television documentary about the political background to the English Civil War and, surprisingly, presented an edition of Top of the Pops in 1996.

To BBC Radio 4 audiences, Hardy is also renowned for his incredibly off-key singing, as showcased in I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, and for his often left-wing orientated witty interpretations of current events The News Quiz. His politics do not always go down well with the sometimes conservative Radio 4 audience

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  • SmokingHole

    In the event of a hung government in the forthcoming election, it has to be Jeremy H for PM

    21 Mar 2010 Reply
  • timid_heathen

    I accidentally blurted out that I loved him when I met him. But he was very nice about it.

    8 Sep 2008 Reply
  • dannjames

    Jeremy is the nicest man i have ever met

    22 Dec 2006 Reply

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