Jimmy Carr reveals son's unique name and its inspiration

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Jimmy Carr performs on stage (Getty)
Jimmy Carr performs on stage (Getty)

Jimmy Carr has opened up on becoming a dad for the first time, revealing he’s named his baby son Rockefeller.

The 48-year-old stand-up comedian and partner Karoline Copping privately welcomed his baby boy two years ago, and have managed to keep him out of the spotlight.

The news eventually broke in September.

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As a result, it’s only been recently that he’s spoken out at all about the birth of the child. In a new interview, Carr said the name was an homage to his comedic icon — Chris Rock — and American businessman, John D Rockefeller.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 16:  Jimmy Carr (L) and Karoline Copping attend the Roundhouse Gala at The Roundhouse on March 16, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Roundhouse)
Jimmy Carr and Karoline Copping welcomed their son two years ago (David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Roundhouse)

Speaking to Radio Times, Carr said: “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.”

“We'll see, because I'm sure I'm going to be writing a lot of material about him,” the star added. “In fact, I think he might be tax-deductible."

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The 8 Out Of 10 Cats host’s joke was in reference to his participation to a tax avoidance scandal back in 2012.

Jimmy Carr with Sean Lock and Jon Richardson for '8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown' (Channel 4)
Jimmy Carr with Sean Lock and Jon Richardson for '8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown' (Channel 4)

Carr was among the celebrities accused of using a K2 “wealth management” scheme were their salaries were funnelled through a shall corporation in Jersey, meaning they could dodge tax.

In particular, the funnyman became the name most associated with the scheme, with The Times reporting he was one of its biggest benefactors, paying only 1% tax on a £3.3million income.

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While it was technically not illegal, then Prime Minister David Cameron said it was “morally wrong” and the UK government have since put new tactics in place to deter others from doing the same.

The star has since repeatedly apologised for his participation, becoming the butt of jokes among his 8 Out Of 10 Cats co-stars and mocking himself thanks to his dry brand of humour.

The late Sean Lock was seen telling him: “We all like to put a bit of money away for a rainy day, but I think you’re more prepared than Noah.”

Jimmy Carr arriving at the wedding of Ellie Goulding and Casper Jopling, York Minster. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Jimmy Carr (Doug Peters/EMPICS)

But while he put on a brave front to cameras, Carr now admits he was left suffering as a result of his involvement.

"People thought, because of the type of comedy I do, that it was water off a duck's back to me,” he said. “But it wasn't. It was really horrible. I had panic attacks.”

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In a statement released on Twitter at the time, Carr owned up to the mistakes and wrote: "I appreciate as a comedian, people will expect me to 'make light' of this situation, but I'm not going to in this statement.

"As this is obviously a serious matter. I met with a financial advisor and he said to me 'Do you want to pay less tax? It's totally legal'. I said 'Yes'."

"I now realise I've made a terrible error of judgement,” he continued.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2019/10/13: Jimmy Carr and David Walliams attend The Irishman International Premiere and closing Gala during the 63rd BFI London Film Festival at the Odeon Luxe Leicester Square in London. (Photo by Keith Mayhew/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Jimmy Carr pictured with David Walliams, in 2019 (Keith Mayhew/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

"Although I've been advised the K2 Tax scheme is entirely legal, and has been fully disclosed to HMRC (Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs).

"I'm no longer involved in it and will in future conduct my financial affairs much more responsibly. Apologies to everyone. Jimmy Carr."

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