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Jimmy Carr admits he is ‘still not over’ the death of his mother Nora: ‘I couldn’t imagine anything worse than losing her’


Jimmy Carr has opened up about the death of his mother Nora, saying he is still not ‘over it yet’.

The comedian’s mother passed away from pancreatitis in 2001 aged 57 and the pair were always very close.

Speaking on The Development by David podcast with David McIntosh, Jimmy said: ‘I lost her when I was about 26. I don’t think I’m over it yet. Grief is the price we pay for love. 

‘I was so close to my mother, I couldn’t imagine anything worse than losing her. The benefit of losing her is a sense of freedom, pushing the f**k it button.’

Jimmy likened a person’s death to the time before they were born, saying there isn’t any difference between the two.

Jimmy Carr has opened up about the death of his mother Nora, saying he is still not 'over it yet'

Jimmy Carr has opened up about the death of his mother Nora, saying he is still not ‘over it yet’

The comedian's mother passed away from pancreatitis in 2001 aged 57

The comedian’s mother passed away from pancreatitis in 2001 aged 57 

He said: ‘You get mortality, in a way. We die and we’re the lucky ones because we get to live. Mark Twain said it brilliantly, I wasn’t alive for billions of years before my birth and it didn’t inconvenience me in the least.

‘This is why life is so special, it’s this little shaft of light in the middle of it all. 

‘It’s not an easy thing to lose a parent. Grief, we don’t talk about it enough. Society is set up to kind of hide it away.’

Jimmy’s parents Nora and Patrick –  known as Jim – moved to England from Limerick, Ireland and raised Jimmy and his two brothers in Slough. 

The comic has been estranged from his father since Nora’s death and said in November 2021 he hadn’t spoken to his dad in 21 years

Elsewhere during the interview, Jimmy spoke about cancel culture which he jokes about in his new Netflix special Natural Born Killer. 

Jimmy is adamant that comedians should never apologise for jokes, no matter who may find them offensive.

He said: ‘There’s a bit on the new special. You can’t go around apologising for jokes.

Elsewhere during the interview, Jimmy spoke about cancel culture which he jokes about in his new Netflix special Natural Born Killer

Elsewhere during the interview, Jimmy spoke about cancel culture which he jokes about in his new Netflix special Natural Born Killer

Jimmy is adamant that comedians should never apologise for jokes, no matter who may find them offensive

Jimmy is adamant that comedians should never apologise for jokes, no matter who may find them offensive

‘So what I’m gonna do the next time I get cancelled, I’m going to say the day of the cancellation, I’m going to say, [mock childish voice] “I’m sorry.” 

‘The people who are offended will say, “You don’t really mean that apology,” and I’ll say, ‘”So you’re saying I can say something and not mean it?” Now you’re getting it.’

Jimmy isn’t bothered if his jokes aren’t received well by everyone, saying: ‘It’s valid people don’t like my jokes. Some people are repelled by my sense of humour. They don’t like it.’



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