HAVING political correctness at a comedy show is like having health and safety at a rodeo - that is the message from funnyman Jimmy Carr ahead of his Terribly Funny shows in Reading and Windsor next year. 

The comedian, 47, is bringing his latest hilarious tour to the Theatre Royal Windsor on January 19 and The Hexagon on February 19 - and he is forewarning audiences that the show contains jokes about “all kinds of terrible things”. 

But fans of Jimmy - a comedian known for his dark humour, distinctive laugh, and heckler interaction - would expect nothing less. 

Nothing is off limits for Jimmy - the star has even made regular jokes about his 2012 tax avoidance controversy, which came to light after an investigation by The Times newspaper. 

After becoming established as a stand-up comedian - which he got into after taking voluntary redundancy from Shell in early 2000 - he began to appear in a number of Channel 4 television shows, becoming the host of the panel show 8 Out of 10 Cats, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and also The Big Fat Quiz of the Year, a comedy panel show that airs each December to review the past year.

While he is a well-known face on the television, Jimmy has maintained his love of stand-up comedy, sometimes performing hundreds of shows a year in front of audiences. 

In 2003 he sold out an entire month’s performances of his Edinburgh Festival show Charm Offensive by the second day of the festival, and received 5-star reviews from four major newspapers. 

In 2004 he performed sold out solo shows at Dublin’s Vicar Street, Leicester’s Comedy Festival, Glasgow Festival, Kilkenny Cat Laughs and the Galway Festival along with appearances at the Bloomsbury Theatre where he filmed his first live DVD.

In August 2006, he commenced the tour Gag Reflex, for which he won the 2006 British Comedy Award for “Best Live Stand up”. He released his third DVD, Jimmy Carr: Comedian in November 2007. 

He also performed at the 2006 Just for Laughs festival in Montreal, as well as making a return visit to the Newbury Comedy Festival. 

Jimmy Carr brings Terribly Funny to Windsor and Reading next year. For tickets to the Windsor show, go to theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk/whats-on or call 01753853888. For Reading tickets, go to www.readingarts.com/hexagon or call 01189606060.