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 & 2013 British Comedy Awards.
A talented actor, Jack received critical acclaim and a British Comedy Award win for his portrayal of former public schoolboy JP in the hit C4 comedy drama Fresh Meat. Jack received similar praise for his revival of JP in the second series of the show, as well as being nominated for Best Comedy Performance at the Royal Television Society Awards. Recording finished for series three in August 2013 and broadcast the following Autumn. 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 now into its second series, which aired in August of this year, Bad Education continues to attract huge audience figures. More recently, in November 2013, Jack began hosting his own show Backchat for BBC3, a chat show with a twist: Jack is joined by his father, Michael, with his hilarious quips and embarrassing anecdotes. Jack’s comedy show Hit the Road, Jack was transmitted on Channel 4 in March 2012 and in October the same year Jack became a regular panelist for Sky 1’s League of Their Own. In December 2013 Jack took on a completely different role as the voice of Gothi in the new Disney film Frozen.
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 the winter of 2011, during which he filmed his first stand-up DVD Jack Whitehall Live, at the Hammersmith Apollo. The DVD was released in November 2012 and entered into the Top Ten Comedy DVD Charts for Christmas 2012. This March, Jack announced his biggest tour to date Jack Whitehall Gets Around, this brand new show will see Jack performing in arenas ‘in the round’, a UK first for a solo stand-up tour, which will run over two weeks during March 2014, taking in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Newcastle, Sheffield, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Nottingham, Cardiff and London.
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 in March 2012 to perform at the first ever Secret Policeman’s Ball to be 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, The Graham Norton Show, Big Fat Quiz of the 90’s, Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2012. 2013 will also see Jack co-host for Comic Relief’s world renowned fundraising programme Comic Relief: Red Nose Day.
In October 2013 Jack released his very first book Him & Me. Written with his father Michael Whitehall, Him & Me is a hugely entertaining and irreverent account of a unique relationship between a father and son. Written in two distinctive styles, it reflects the larger-than-life personalities of its authors, Jack and Michael Whitehall.
- Winner: People’s Choice Award – King of Comedy, British Comedy Awards, 2013
- 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