Donnelly at Latitude, 2009
|Birth name||Carl Donnelly|
13 January 1982 |
|Years active||2004 – present|
Stand up career
Donnelly began his comedy career in 2004. He has since been a regular on the London comedy circuit. Donnelly has made various radio appearances such as BBC Radio 4's 28 Acts in 28 Minutes, LBC's Comedy Cabaret and Tim Shaw's The Asylum on Kerrang! Radio.
Before comedy, Donnelly was a promising footballer. In 1999 he had trials with FC Barcelona. Due to a training ground bust up with Xavi, Donnelly didn't sign for the club.
In 2006, Donnelly made his debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in a three-man show called 'The Good, The Bad and The Cuddly'. In 2007, he returned to Edinburgh via train to visit the Castle which he had not had the chance to view on his first visit. He decided to hang around and perform as part of the Comedy Zone at the Pleasance Courtyard seeing as he was up there. On his return to London he was quoted as saying "The castle was lovely and to perform some of my comedy was the icing on a very enjoyable teacake". In 2008 he returned once again to perform as a part of a two-hander with John Robins in their show - Carl Donnelly Vs John Robins Vs Predator. He prefers however to double up with Chris Martin for their (not-quite-so) regular podcast in which they discuss, amongst other things, topless swearing, Carl's nicknames like the anal albatross and their lack of swimming skills. In episode 90 of the podcast, Carl admitted to having sex with an armband when he was younger.
During a show in Swadlincote in 2009, Donnelly was handed a live guinea pig by a member of the audience. The guinea pig remained on stage for the rest of the show. Afterwards, Donnelly took the animal home and named it Hamish.
Donnelly has said that his world-renowned wit and charm can be attributed to his Chilean roots and especially his biological father and well respected philosopher, Humberto Maturana.
On 7 November 2010 Donnelly was one of the supporting acts on the fifth episode of Dave's One Night Stand, however his set was poorly received as Dara O'Briain, in attendance, took offence to one of his jokes.
- Laughing Horse New Act of The Year 2006
- Chortle Awards Best Newcomer 2007
- Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2007
- http://www.comedycv.co.uk/carldonnelly/ Comedy CV
- http://www.laughinghorsecomedy.co.uk/freefestival/3ComediansPR.pdf Laughinghorsecomedy.co.uk
- http://www.chortle.co.uk/features_static/awards/chortle.php Chortle.co.uk
- http://www.comedy-festival.co.uk/news.php?news_id=114 Comedy-Festival.co.uk