Carl started performing stand-up in 2005 and quickly established himself as one of the UK’s most exciting young comedians. His conversational, silly sense of humour has seen him win a host of awards (Chortle Best Club Comedian 2017; Chortle Best Newcomer 2007; Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2007; among others) and become a regular at all of the finest comedy clubs in the UK and Ireland.
In 2009, Carl performed his debut solo show Relax Everyone, it’s Carl Donnelly! at the Edinburgh Fringe for which he was nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer. Also nominated for the Fosters Comedy Award in 2013, Carl has since returned to Edinburgh with seven further solo shows, his latest being the very well-reviewed Strictly Carl Donnelly! in 2018.
Recently, Carl has been developing as an international act. This year will see him return to Australia for the Melbourne Comedy Festival, after his own successful tours of Australia and New Zealand in 2013 and 2015. He has performed at the biggest comedy festivals in the world (Montreal Just for Laughs, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival, Kilkenny Cat Laughs etc).
Carl has also appeared on various TV shows including Mock The Week, Dave’s One Night Stand, Stand Up for the Week, Russell Howard’s Good News and Stand Up Central, Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled, Follow The Football, Football Tonight and Comedy Store. He is also a regular on radio appearing as a guest on such shows as BBC 5live’s The Back End of Next Week, Radio 4’s Loose Ends and Act Your Age as well as being a regular guest on talkSPORT. He has also co-hosted a radio show for the Fubar Radio app after his acclaimed podcast which he recorded with Chris Martin.
In late 2018, Carl and fellow comedian Julian Deane started the podcast Two Vegan Idiots which is soon to be followed by live dates across 2019.
“Donnelly can provoke laughter out of anything”
‘This man is a rare creature – he is inherently funny, and his stand-up feels natural and free flowing… proper tears-in-the-eyes, laugh-out-loud funny”
“Donnelly has developed a style that is the antithesis of the loud, sweaty, manic comic so prevalent on the telly and live tours at the moment. This is stand up with valium: near horizontal levels of louche that take the mundane stories of everyday life and turns them into stretches of self-deprecating silliness”
Visit Carl’s website at: www.carldonnelly.co.uk