Jasper Carrott: EMI Comedy

Jasper Carrott OBE (born Robert Norman Davis, 14 March 1945) is a British comedian (declaring himself "world famous in Birmingham"), actor and television presenter. Born in Shaftmoor Lane, Acocks Green (what he would later describe as sounding like the address for "the home of a professional rapist"), Birmingham, Carrott was educated at Acocks Green Primary School and Moseley Grammar School. He then worked as a trainee buyer at a city centre department store called The Beehive with schoolfriend Bev Bevan and later attended Aston University in the heart of Birmingham. In February 1969 he started his own folk club, "The Boggery", in Solihull with his friend Les Ward, where Carrott performed folk songs as well as MC. Before long, his banter with the audience overtook the actual songs: he became known more as a comedian than a singer. He also worked as a musical agent (in partnership with John Starkey, who became his manager in 1974 until 1992), as Fingimigig, managing (among other acts)...

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