Jeremy Hardy


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News Quiz and ISIHAC regular has died from cancer at 57. His politics were probably not to most tastes around these parts, but I often enjoyed his act on radio and live, having first caught him at the Bloomsbury Theatre around 1990 iirc.
He made his name on the comedy circuit in the 1980s, winning the prestigious Perrier Award in 1988 and best live act at the ITV Comedy Awards in 1991.

On TV, he appeared on shows like QI and sketch programme Now - Something Else.

Hardy was also an author and columnist, writing for London's ES Magazine and The Guardian newspaper.

Born in Farnborough, Hampshire, in 1961, he studied modern history and politics at the University of Southampton before embarking on his stand-up career. From the outset, he worked his socialist politics into his topical act.

He made his television debut in 1986 in Now - Something Else, an early vehicle for impressionist Rory Bremner. Hardy was a featured writer and also played the role of Jeremy the Trainee.

Hardy also appeared as Corporal Perkins in an episode of the BBC comedy Blackadder Goes Forth in 1989. Seven years later, he presented an episode of Top of the Pops.

Also in 1996, Hardy teamed up with comedian Jack Dee to write Channel 4 sketch show Jack and Jeremy's Real Lives. The pair would later work together again on I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue.

Hardy became well-known for his comically bad singing on the long-running radio panel game.

He also fronted Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation, a series of comedy lectures for BBC Radio 4, from 1993. Episodes were based around subjects as diverse as how to be a father and how to meet the challenge of the 21st Century. The show's 10th series was broadcast in 2014.



Distinguished Member
I regularly listen to the News Quiz, and his razor sharp wit often made the show. Sure, he was openly socialist, but his imaginative rants often had me laughing out loud.


brian s

Distinguished Member
He was a very funny man and he will be a huge miss. I remember him having a go at Amanda Platell when they were both on the same show. I warmed to him even more because of that.

RIP Jeremy

Greg Hook

Moderator & Reviewer

He was a funny man and always enjoyed his appearances on various shows.



Greg Hook

Moderator & Reviewer
He was a very left-wing comedian. So combining his left wing views, blaming everything on Thatcher and some humour.

Ah I get ya.


I found this series amusing.

Hamish and Dougal - Wikipedia

You'll Have Had Your Tea: The Doings of Hamish and Dougal

Jeremy played the Laird. A joke on a left wing guy like him playing a wealthy landowner.

The plots were also structured so he'd sing. He had a certain "singing" voice.



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Strange that people are saying that they like him despite his political views. So bizarre.

He conveyed his views with wit and wisdom. Unlike many today who do so with hatred. And the point is he attacked the powerful not the weak, helpless and desperate like many rught wingers do on social media.


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He had a quintessentially British sense of humour, the gentle mocking kind for the most part, though I have heard he could also be quite unpleasant too - generally to those he didn't like politically.

He could also be very, very funny. There's many a car journey where I have been laughing my head off to some of his little speeches.

I, for one, shall miss him on programs like the News Quiz, and ISIHAC.

57 is no age to go and i feel so sad for his family and friends.

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