As a successful and much sought-after stand up, actor, writer and presenter, Jack Whitehall has firmly established himself as one of the UK’s most exciting and successful comedy talents. A statement cemented by his People’s Choice Award for the King of Comedy at the 2012 British Comedy Awards.
A talented actor, Jack received critical acclaim and a British Comedy Award nomination for his portrayal of former public schoolboy JP in the hit C4 comedy drama Fresh Meat. Jack has received similar praise for his revival of JP in the second series of the show, which was broadcast Autumn 2012, and a third series has been announced for 2013. In August 2012, the first series of Bad Education, a sitcom written by Jack and starring him as Alfie – the worst teacher ever to grace the British education system – aired on BBC3. The opening episode attracted a highly impressive cumulative audience of 3 million and a second series has already been commissioned. Jack’s comedy show Hit the Road, Jack was transmitted on Channel 4 in March 2012 – a 6 part series which saw him performing stand up in cities across the UK and featured celebrity guests, stand up and live music. In October 2012, Jack appeared as the regular panellist in the fifth series for Sky 1’s League of Their Own.
Inventive, well-written routines…A brilliant command of the language, able to conjure up just the right image at the right time
Jack has performed several sell-out solo stand-up shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival garnering rave reviews from audiences and critics alike. In August 2009, Jack was nominated for the Best Newcomer Award at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards for his debut solo Fringe show, Nearly Rebellious. In 2010 he returned to Edinburgh with a brand new stand up show entitled Learning Difficulties. In 2011, Jack brought two shows to the Fringe, performing his solo stand up show Let’s Not Speak Of This Again at the EICC and, with his father, the chat show Back Chat. Jack completed the tour of Let’s Not Speak Of This Again in March 2012, during which he filmed his first stand-up DVD Jack Whitehall Live, at the Hammersmith Apollo, which was released in November that year.
In July 2010 Jack performed at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival as part of the prestigious New Faces line-up and was picked out by Hollywood industry bible Variety as one of their “10 Comics to Watch”. A nomination for the 2010 British Comedy Awards in the Best Male Comedy Breakthrough Artist category capped a truly incredible year for Jack which also saw him have the honour of performing for the Prince of Wales at the Royal Variety Performance and jetting off to New York to record a special for Comedy Central Presents. Jack returned to the U.S. in May 2011 to feature as a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and more recently in March 2012 to perform at the first ever Secret Policeman’s Ball presented at the Radio City Hall in New York.
Jack’s other recent television appearances include Have I Got News For You on which he was a guest host, QI, Live at the Apollo, and The Graham Norton Show.
- Winner: People’s Choice Award – King of Comedy, British Comedy Awards, 2012
- Nominee: Best TV Comedy Actor, British Comedy Awards, 2011
- Nominee: People’s Choice Award – King or Queen of Comedy, British Comedy Awards, 2011
- Nominee: Best Male Comedy Breakthrough Artist, British Comedy Awards 2010
- Nominee: Best Newcomer, Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2009
- Nominee: Chortle Best Newcomer 2008
- Finalist: Hackney Empire New Act 2008