Sunday October 21, 2018

jenny eclair

writer, broadcaster and comedienne 





































Jenny Eclair was born Jenny Clare Hargreaves on 16 March 1960 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Jenny is regarded as one of the country's funniest women. She has a wonderful acerbic wit and a talent for observational comedy too; her trademark high-octane performances and earthy, eyebrow raising routines, helped her to become the first woman to win the coveted Perrier Award. Jenny started out writing punk poetry and performing in a band called Cathy La Crème and the Rum Babies. After a career change to stand up comedy Jenny adopted the name 'Eclair' after pretending to be French whilst in Blackpool.

Jenny has performed many successful one-woman shows at the Edinburgh Festival since 1992 when she first took to the stage with the play, Mummy’s Little Girl. She became the only woman to win Edinburgh’s prestigious comedy award for her 1995 show Prozac and Tantrums. Other successful one-woman shows in Edinburgh include: Vague (1993); Bad Behaviour (1994); Wig On, Teeth In (1996) and Middle Aged Bimbo (2001). Jenny’s Top Bitch video of her Perrier Award winning Edinburgh show was a big success in the video charts, followed by The Big Snog Stand-up Video with Eddie Izzard and Steve Coogan.

Jenny has appeared on television in a broad range of programmes from short comic sketches for Richard and Judy to her own shows on Channel 5: Jenny Eclair’s Private Function and The Platinum Collection. She also performed in A Packet of Three with Frank Skinner and she has hosted the The Perrier Awards, The BBC New Comedy AwardsThe British Comedy Awards - The Fun Goes On, The Eurovision Song Contest and Edinburgh or Bust during the festival. Television audiences will also recognise Jenny as a regular contributor to Grumpy Old Women, The Grumpy Guides, Grumpy Old Holidays and It's Grim up North. She has made appearances on Celebrity Weakest Link, Celebrity Fame Academy, The Joan Rivers Position and Room 101. Jenny has also been the voiceovers for A Place in France and Celebrity Fit Club and was the face of the Salt, Is Your Food Full Of It? campaign for the FSA..

Jenny is an established radio broadcaster with her own Saturday morning show on London's LBC. In addition she has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s panel show, Just a Minute and has been a regular panellist on I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue.

Jenny is one of the stars of Grumpy Old Women Live, the show she co-wrote with Judith Holder. This is the latest in a string of stage credits including West End runs appearing in Steaming, Mum's the Wordand The Vagina Monologues. She has also written a number of one-woman plays including the critically acclaimed Andy Warhol Syndrome about an ex Reality TV star and the desire for fame, which was also adapted for Radio 4.

As a novelist Jenny has enjoyed great acclaim for her novels Camberwell Beauty, Having a Lovely Time and the non-fiction Book of Bad Behaviour. As a writer she has written several successful sitcoms (with Julie Balloo) and was the first woman to guest-edit the lad’s magazine Loaded. Jenny has also contributed articles and columns for The Evening Standard, The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mirror, She Magazine and Essentials Magazine.

Jenny lives with her partner Geof Powell and daughter Phoebe in South-East London.

Jenny Eclair's website