Dom Joly is an English television comedian and journalist, best known as the star of Trigger Happy TV, a hidden camera show that was sold to over seventy countries worldwide. After being recruited to work as a producer on ITN’s House to House, a political discussion programme on Channel 4, Joly went on to work for The Mark Thomas Comedy Product because of his political knowledge.
He then created his own show for the Paramount Comedy Channel called War of the Flea. Discovering that working in comedy was both easier and more fun than his previous employment, Joly began to develop Trigger Happy TV which had a similar structure to War of the Flea.
Joly’s anarchic surreal sketches first started appearing as interstitials during advert breaks on the British Paramount Comedy Channel. In 1999, following a successful fifteen-minute pilot on The Comedy Lab, Channel 4 commissioned Joly to make a TV series. Trigger Happy TV was born; a hidden camera show that went on to be sold to over 70 countries worldwide. Joly made two series and two Christmas specials before announcing that he wanted to do other things. Joly was nominated for three British Comedy Awards for the show, won the Silver Rose of Montreux, the BBC Two Award for Best Comedy and the Loaded/Goodfella Comedy Newcomer of the Year.
The three DVDs for the shows were best-sellers, as were the soundtrack albums that Joly had personally selected and mixed himself. A spoof documentary about Joly followed, called Being Dom Joly which was produced and written by Joly himself. This was broadcast prior to screenings of Trigger Happy TV in the USA and earned critical acclaim, with one reviewer, Bob Croft of the Los Angeles Times, calling Joly ‘the funniest man in Britain’. He had a producer credit on the show, but disassociated himself with the project.
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Watch Dom on I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here, below: