Jack Whitehall's first QI outing was on the J series 'Joints' show, where his trademark charm was much in evidence. It’s not always easy to make yourself heard on your first show, but Jack jested with remarkable confidence about everything from tapeworms to TOWIE. His second appearance was in the opening show of the K Series (‘Knees, Knuckles & Knockers’), where he jousted gallantly with David Mitchell and spread his cloak over the usual QI bear-traps for debuntante, Sara Pascoe.
Confidence is generally the by-product of experience and the 24-year-old already boasts the CV of a seasoned trooper. His stand-up career started when he was 19, and he was nominated for the Best Newcomer Award at the Edinburgh Festival for his debut solo show Nearly Rebellious in 2009. Since then he’s returned with a series of sell-out tours - Learning Difficulties, Let's Not Speak of This Again, and a show with his father, Back Chat. In 2012 he beat Alan Carr, Graham Norton and David Mitchell to the prestigious ‘King of Comedy’ award at the British Comedy Awards
His first TV break came presenting Celebrity Big Brother's Big Mouth in 2008. He’s since become a TV panel show regular, appearing on Have I Got News for You, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Mock the Week, Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow and guest-hosting Never Mind the Buzzcocks. And he’s turned out to be a pretty fine comic actor, too. With two series playing annoyingly posh student JP in Channel 4's sitcom Fresh Meat under his belt, he’s just written and performed in an acclaimed school-based comedy series, Bad Education for BBC3. He also auditioned for the role of Harry Potter while still at school.
Jack’s clever, richly-detailed rants owe something to both Russell Brand and Jack Dee and he’s particularly good when poking fun at his privileged childhood (his father is a famous theatrical agent and his mum always wanted him to marry schoolmate Kate Middleton). It’s hard not to love someone who describes their school (Malborough) as ‘making Midsomer Murders look like The Wire’.
I bought one of those anti-bullying wristbands when they first came out.
I say ‘bought’, I actually stole it off a short, fat ginger kid.