Joly in 2011
|Birth name||Dominic John Joly|
|Born||15 November 1967|
|Medium||Television, books, stand-up|
|Genres||Character comedy, improvisational comedy, physical comedy|
|Notable works and roles|
Dominic "Dom" John Romulus Joly (//; born 15 November 1967) is an English television comedian and travel writer, known as the star of Trigger Happy TV, a hidden camera show sold to over seventy countries worldwide.
Joly was born in Beirut, Lebanon to British parents and speaks French, Arabic and Czech in addition to English. Joly attended Brummana High School in Lebanon, and two independent schools in the UK: Dragon School in Oxford and Haileybury College in Hertfordshire. He then went to the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.
Trigger Happy TV
The original series ran for two series on Channel 4 from 2000-2003.
In 2003, a new series of Trigger Happy TV was made for an American audience with an altered format that featured a band of different comedians who performed skits without Joly although he cameoed. Joly was not happy with the US version.
This is Dom Joly
This is Dom Joly was a spoof chat show presented by Dom Joly, originally shown on BBC Three in 2003.
World Shut Your Mouth
World Shut Your Mouth was a hidden camera television series starring Dom Joly. It ran on Friday nights in 2005 on BBC One.
Made in Britain
In 2012-13, Joly made two series of Fool Britannia a hidden camera show that aired on Saturday evenings on ITV1.
In 2016 Joly was marooned on a desert island for two weeks for a show hosted by Bear Grylls for Stand Up To Cancer
In 2020 Joly walked from Belgrade to Istanbul for the BBC1 series Pilgrimage
Joly writes for various publications.
He was a columnist for The Independent on Sunday from 2003 until the paper closed in 2016.
He was thought to be the writer of a spoof column in The Independent and then "i" called "Cooper Brown: He's out there," and later confirmed in his autobiography that this was the case. The column is published as the work of an American character named Cooper Brown and revolves around his putative adventures as "a garrulous American showbiz type".
In 2010, Joly published a travel book called The Dark Tourist: Sightseeing in the World's Most Unlikely Holiday Destinations, investigating dark tourism. In the book Joly travels to places that witnessed great tragedy and death, including Chernobyl, which he visited on 4 May 2009, his childhood home of Lebanon, North Korea, various locations in the United States visiting places of famous assassinations, the Killing Fields of Cambodia and Iran for a skiing holiday. It was published on 2 September 2010 in the UK.
In 2019 Joly published his latest travel book The Hezbollah Hiking Club in which he documented his walk across the Lebanon with two friends.
In the 1997 UK general election, Joly stood in Kensington and Chelsea against Alan Clark. Hiring out hundreds of teddy bear costumes, he staged mock protests at Westminster and came fifth out of nine candidates, receiving 218 votes (0.6%).
Joly is married to Stacey MacDougall, a Canadian graphic designer. Having lived in Notting Hill before their children were born, Joly and his wife bought a property in the Cotswolds. They sold his flat to Salman Rushdie.
- "Dom Joly Biography". Celebrity Birthdays. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
- Charlotte Reather. "Dom Joly : TV's prankster and star of The Complainers has taken to country life like a duck to water. Hunting, shooting, polo? Bring It On, he says" (PDF). Retrieved 30 May 2015.
- Child Genius vs Celebrities Christmas Special. Channel 4 Television. 24 December 2017. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
- Dom Joly. "Dom Joly's foodie tour of Lebanon". Retrieved 10 June 2019.
- "Not as Joly as he seems". London Evening Standard. 31 January 2003. Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
- Also on television comedy panel show Would I Lie to You?, and radio show Loose Ends 8 June 2019.
- "Television The return of the king". The Times. London. 2 January 2005. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
- "Dom Joly Biography". Chortle.co.uk. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
-  Archived 4 August 2012 at Archive.today
- "The Londoner's Diary". London Evening Standard. 25 October 2008.
- Joly, Dom, Here Comes The Clown: A Stumble Through Show Business, p. 141, Simon and Schuster, 2015, ISBN 0857207695, 9780857207692
- Spanier, Gideon (10 January 2007). "In the air". London Evening Standard.
- "Dom Joly: At war in Thailand, but keeping my Buddha dry". The Independent. London. 19 April 2009. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
- "Dom Joly, The Dark Tourist". Tuppence Magazine. London. 1 March 2012. Archived from the original on 19 September 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2012.
- Locke, Suzanne (22 March 2016). "British comedian Dom Joly works to live a 'fun' life". The National. Abu Dhabi. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
- "2008 Olympics press pack: 5 live at the Olympics" (Press release). BBC. 19 June 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
- "Guardian Unlimited Politics, Kensington and Chelsea". The Guardian. London. Archived from the original on 25 June 2006. Retrieved 27 September 2007.
- Joly, Dom. "Earworm". iTunes Store. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
- Dom Joly, The Dark Tourist (Chatham, 2010), p. 11.
- Dom Joly on Twitter
- Dom Joly at the British Film Institute
- Dom Joly on IMDb
- Channel4.com – Trigger Happy TV
- Dom Joly at British Comedy Guide