Comedian Jimmy Carr reveals he 'nearly died' as a child after battling 'life threatening illness'

Jimmy Carr has revealed that he nearly died as a child, as he opens up about battling meningitis. The comedian, 51, recalled the horrific time during an appearance on the podcast Where There's A Will, There's A Wake.

Speaking to host Kathy Burke, he explained: "I had meningitis when I was a child. So my first memory is a lumbar puncture in Limerick in the General [hospital]

"I was three, I think, and I was always told it was very close to death," he said, before explaining how his sense of humour helped him through the terrifying time.

Jimmy continued: "'You've got to be cruel to be kind'. I think that is the first thing I ever said that my mother thought was funny.

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Jimmy Carr has revealed that he nearly died as a child -Credit:Alan Chapman/Dave Benett/Getty Images

"The doctor sort of went: 'It's going to be very painful.' And somehow I'd heard the phrase, and I went: 'You've got to be cruel to be kind,' in a little child's voice."

It comes after Jimmy dropped a hint that he has welcomed a second child with his long-term partner Karoline Copping. During his recent Netflix special Jimmy Carr: Natural Born Killer, he told the audience: "I'm a father now. I had kids, I'm a dad," seemingly referencing more than one "kid."

Jimmy previously announced that he had welcomed his first during a gig in 2021, two years after welcoming his son Rockefeller. At that time his announcement came after her had been photographed pushing a pram on several occasions the previous year.

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Jimmy has shared that he had a life-threatening case of meningitis when he was just three-years-old -Credit:Getty Images for Bob Woodruff Foundation
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Jimmy recently hinted that he has welcomed a second child -Credit:Getty Images

The Sun reported he had referenced having a little boy during a joke about adoption while on stage at the O2 Academy in Brixton. He quipped: "I had to tell my little boy he's adopted. I mean, he isn't, but the look on his face.

"I said, 'No, no, no, you were adopted, the new family is picking you up tomorrow.'"

After sharing the news that he was a father, Jimmy told the Radio Times: "It could be a bit of a gear shift, because of the kind of comedy I do. But so far, I'm still telling the same jokes, I've got the same sense of humour."