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Last Updated: Friday, 27 August, 2004, 00:47 GMT 01:47 UK
Comic Jimmy Carr lands US TV deal
Jimmy Carr
Jimmy Carr's career has gone from strength to strength
Comedian Jimmy Carr has signed a deal to host a US version of his Channel 4 game show Distraction.

Fourteen episodes of the show, which sees contestants attempt tough tasks such as eating maggots, will air on the Comedy Central channel this autumn.

"I literally can't believe my luck - torturing Americans should not only be easy, but a pleasure," said Carr, 31.

A Comedy Central spokesman said: "We are huge fans of Jimmy's dry, cutting style... Jimmy was the obvious choice."

"We could have spent months trying to cast someone else, but at the end of the day, they wouldn't have been as funny as the original."

Award winner

Carr has already made in-roads in the US, hosting the Aspen comedy festival in Colorado and appearing on Jay Leno's Tonight Show three times.

He also did a one-off stand-up comedy special on US TV.

Carr was nominated for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival's Perrier award for comedy in 2002 and won London's Time Out magazine award for best stand-up the same year.

He was also named the best on-screen newcomer for 2003 by the Royal Society of Television.

His other shows include Your Face or Mine and Jimmy Carr's Guide to Corporate Video, both screened on Channel 4.

Before turning to comedy full-time, he had a career as a marketing executive, the basis for some of his material.

Carr embarks on a tour of the UK on 17 September.

Comedy Central is the same cable channel that signed up comedian and presenter Graham Norton last year.

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