Jeremy James Hardy (born 17 July 1961) is an English comedian.
Hardy was born in Farnborough, Hampshire. He attended Farnham College and studied Modern History and Politics at the University of Southampton. He started his stand-up career in the early 1980s, and won the Perrier Comedy Award in 1988 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He is best known for his radio work, 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 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), and has 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. Hardy wrote a regular column for The Guardian until 2001.
His excruciatingly off-key singing is a long-running joke on the radio panel show I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue.
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.
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.
He was married to American-born actress and comedian Kit Hollerbach, who featured alongside him in the radio sitcoms Unnatural Acts and At Home with the Hardys. They adopted a daughter in 1990. They separated in 2003 and are divorced. He now lives with film-maker Katie Barlow.
He was a close friend of comedian Linda Smith; when she died of ovarian cancer on 27 February 2006, he publicly eulogised her in many media and wrote her Guardian obituary.
He is currently touring on the ‘#JC4PM’ tour alongside Francesca Martinez, Michael Rosen and many others. The supporter organised tour is promoting and supporting the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn.
- Now Something Else (1986–1987) — Jeremy the Trainee
- Helping Henry (1988) — The voice of Henry
- Blackadder Goes Forth ("Corporal Punishment") — Corporal Perkins (1989)
- Jack and Jeremy's Real Lives (1996) (with Jack Dee)
- If I Ruled the World (1998)
- QI (2003)
- Grumpy Old Men (2004)
- Mock the Week (2006)
- Countdown (2007) (Dictionary Corner)
- The Voice (2008)
- I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue (TV broadcast of tour show) (2008)
- The News Quiz
- I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue
- Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation
- Unnatural Acts
- At Home with the Hardys
- You'll Have Had Your Tea
- Chain Reaction
- Comic to Comic
- The Unbelievable Truth
- Hotel (2001)
- Jeremy Hardy vs. the Israeli Army (2003)
- How To Be (2008)