Jeremy Hardy sadly died of cancer, early on Friday 1st February 2019. He was with his wife and daughter as he died. He retained to the end the principles that guided his life; trying to make the world more humane, and to be wonderfully funny. Jeremy was one of Off The Kerb’s first clients; working with him for over thirty years was a huge privilege, and he will be enormously missed by us and so many.
Jeremy became a stand-up in January 1984, and went on to be considered of the UK’s most respected stand-up comedians. In 1988, he won the Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival, and he won Best Live Act at the ITV Comedy Awards in 1991. He never stopped touring.
Jeremy was a stalwart of BBC Radio 4, best known for At Home With The Hardys, Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation, The News Quiz, I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue and, recently, his series Jeremy Hardy Feels It.
His TV work includes Now Something Else with Rory Bremner, Blackadder Goes Forth, Jack and Jeremy’s Real Lives with Jack Dee, If I Ruled the World with Graeme Garden and Clive Anderson, and Jack Dee’s Helpdesk. He also appeared on QI, Mock The Week, Grumpy Old Men, Back In The Day and Not Tonight With John Sergeant.
He appeared in the films Hotel and How to Be, and the feature documentary Jeremy Hardy vs. the Israeli Army, in which he challenged the military occupation of the West Bank to no great effect.
He wrote columns for The Guardian and Red Pepper, and three books: When Did You Last See Your Father, Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation, and My Family and Other Strangers.