Jarred Christmas

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Jarred Christmas
Born Christchurch, New Zealand[1]
Occupation Comedian
Years active Late 1990s-present

Jarred Christmas (born c. 1980) is a comedian from New Zealand[2] who now lives and works in the United Kingdom. He won the Chortle Comedy Award for Best Compere.[3] He has also appeared in Pot Noodle television advertisements.[citation needed]

Early life[edit]

Christmas grew up in Christchurch. He attended an all-boys secondary school where he did not fit in because he was not into sport. In 1996, he went to Hagley Community College for fifth form (now called Year 11) and credits the school with turning his life around:[4]

For the first time in my life I met people who were themselves. It really changed my life.

Christmas moved to Britain in 2003.[4]


Television and film[edit]

Christmas has appeared on radio, film, television and stage.[citation needed]

On television, he has appeared as a performer and guest panellist on shows such as BBC Two's Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Mock the Week, BBC Three's Russell Howard's Good News, Channel 4's 8 Out of 10 Cats and Dave's One Night Stand.[citation needed]

In 2011, Christmas took part in Let's Dance for Comic Relief.[5] He has also appeared on Celebrity Mastermind alongside fellow comedians Imran Yusuf, Karen Taylor and Russell Kane.[citation needed]

Christmas appeared in two films in 2012: The Wedding Video[6] alongside Matt Berry, Miriam Margolyes and Robert Webb, and Is This a Joke?[7] with Russell Tovey. He contributed to the feature-length documentary The People vs. George Lucas.[citation needed]

He appeared in the YouTube comedy web series Dwarves Assemble, which also featured Warwick Davis, Raymond Griffith, Peter Bonner and Simon Lane. He hosted the 2014 season of Monumental.[citation needed] Since 2014 he has been the Joke Master in the CBBC show The Joke Machine.[citation needed]

Theatre and live performance[edit]

Christmas has been performing live since the late 1990s.[8] He had his debut in the Green Room above the Honeypot Cafe in Christchurch's Lichfield Street aged 18, noting that he thinks that he "got one laugh in five minutes".[4] He was also a member of The Court Jesters as an improviser. He has performed at several festivals including Reading/Leeds, Liverpool Comedy Festival,[9] Glasgow Comedy Festival, New Zealand International Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In 2010 he toured the UK with his show Jarred Christmas Stands Up[10] and in 2012 showcased his show Let's Go Mofo.[11]

He has supported such acts as Ross Noble and Tommy Tiernan.[citation needed]

Later in 2013, Christmas appeared at the Cardiff Comedy Festival,[12][13] which featured comedians such as Alan Davies and Matt Rees, and also at the Green Man Festival,[14] in which the comedy was headlined by Josh Widdicombe.[15]


  1. ^ https://archive.is/20130628025647/http://www.downstage.co.nz/2013/05/spotlight-on-jarred-christmas/. Archived from the original on June 28, 2013. Retrieved June 25, 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ Bevan, Darren (5 May 2010). "Jarred Christmas: Comedy Festival Review". TVNZ. Retrieved 22 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Jarred Christmas". Chortle. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c Mann, Charley (9 May 2013). "Comedian pays homage to Hagley". The Press. p. A4. 
  5. ^ Youtube "Christmas performing Hung Up on Let's Dance" 2011
  6. ^ IMDb "IMDb page: The Wedding Video" 2013
  7. ^ IMDb "IMDb page: Is This A Joke?" 2012
  8. ^ Comedy Central "Comedy Central biography"
  9. ^ Liverpool Comedy Festival Website "Liverpool Comedy Festival: A Brief History"
  10. ^ Chortle "Jarred Christmas Stands Up" 2010
  11. ^ Stuff NZ "College Turned Comedians Life Around" 8 May 2013
  12. ^ Cardiff Comedy "Cardiff Comedy Festival"
  13. ^ Wales Online "Cardiff Comedy Festival Aims To Put City on World Comedy Map" 10 May 2013
  14. ^ Green Man Festival "Last Laugh New Look Rib Tickling Comedy Stage"
  15. ^ Wales Online "Josh Widdicombe to Headline Green Man" 14 May 2013

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