Carl started performing stand-up in 2005 and quickly established himself as one of the UK’s most exciting young comedians. His conversational sense of humour and ability to connect with any audience has seen him become a popular choice for a range of corporate events, from after-dinner cabaret and awards hosting to performing at product launches and even on a Virgin Atlantic flight to Edinburgh!

Carl has won multiple awards for his stand-up, including Chortle Best Newcomer 2007 and Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2007 (among others) and is a regular at all of the finest comedy clubs in the UK and Ireland.

In 2009, Carl performed his debut solo show Relax Everyone, it’s Carl Donnelly! at the Edinburgh Fringe for which he was nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer. Also nominated for the Fosters Comedy Award in 2013, Carl has since returned to Edinburgh with nine further solo shows, his latest being the very well-reviewed Strictly Carl Donnelly! in 2018.

Recently, Carl has been developing as an international act. This year will see him return to Australia for the Melbourne Comedy Festival, after his own successful tours of Australia and New Zealand in 2013 and 2015. He has performed at the biggest comedy festivals in the world including Montreal Just for Laughs, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival, Kilkenny Cat Laughs etc.

Carl has also appeared on various TV shows including Mock The Week, Dave’s One Night Stand, Stand Up for the Week, Russell Howard’s Good News, Follow The Football, Comedy Store and, most recently, Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled. He is also a regular on radio appearing as a guest on such shows as BBC 5live’s The Back End of Next Week, Radio 4’s Loose Ends and Act Your Age as well as being a regular guest on talkSPORT. He has also co-hosted a radio show for the Fubar Radio app after his acclaimed podcast which he recorded with Chris Martin.

In late 2018, Carl and fellow comedian Julian Deane started the podcast Two Vegan Idiots which was soon followed by live dates across 2019.

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"Just wanted to say a huge thank you to Carl for attending the Goodheart Gala and being such an amazing special guest! We loved his performance and please thank him for making the evening really special!"

Goodheart Animal Sanctuaries Fundraising Gala

"Please pass our thanks on to Carl, everyone had an amazing evening and we’ve had great feedback from all! My personal highlight being when he ripped into our CEO’s tree and offered him a virtual fight!"

Conran and Partners Virtual Christmas Party

“I have had very positive feedback from the guests and Carl’s sketch was targeted to all ages of the audience which was a prior concern of ours, so many thanks. He maintained our guidelines of what was acceptable in terms of swearing and context, so that was additionally valued. We were very pleased with the outcome."

Volvo Apprenticeship Graduation Awards

“Just a quick note to say thanks for your recommendation and help in booking Carl, he was great and went down so well with everyone!” 

Block Solutions Staff Christmas Event

“It went really well, Carl is brilliant! And great to work with, our Editor is very happy.”

International Drama Awards