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One of UK’s most popular comedians beloved for his razor sharp wit and self-deprecating humour
Due to his father Michael being an agent/producer and his mother Hilary an actress, it was only natural Londoner Jack Whitehall would become an entertainer. A child actor himself in various television dramas, he gravitated toward comedy shortly after leaving school.
In 2007, Whitehall was a finalist in the So You Think You’re Funny stand-up talent hunt and nominated for best newcomer at the Chortle Awards the following year. He performed Nearly Rebellious, his first solo show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, in 2009. Over the next two years, Whitehall appeared on panel shows like 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Would I Lie To You? and Mock The Week as well as made an acclaimed performance on Live At The Apollo.
In 2012, he snagged the first of many British Comedy Awards for King of Comedy. Whitehall also has three huge arena tours under his belt – 2014’s Jack Whitehall: Gets Around, 2017’s Jack Whitehall: At Large and 2019’s Jack Whitehall: Stood Up.
In addition to stand-up, he has built an impressive acting career. Whitehall actually landed a role in Disney’s blockbuster animated film Frozen in 2013 providing the voice for Gothi, a troll priest. However, after the final edit only about two lines of his dialogue remained.
He went on score the role of Zack in the star-studded, big-hearted comedy Mother’s Day in 2016, plus appeared opposite Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman in Lasse Hallström’s The Nutcracker And The Four Realms in 2018. In 2021, Whitehall starred in Disney’s Jungle Cruise alongside Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt.
His television credits are numerous and wide-ranging too. Best known for starring as JP in Fresh Meat and Alfie Wickers in Bad Education (which he co-wrote), Whitehall has also had parts in Decline & Fall, Thunderbirds Are Go, Bounty Hunters and Good Omens.
What’s more, he has been utilising his sharp wit and edgy humour as host of the BRIT Awards since 2018, and has presented The Fashion Awards and BAFTA Britannia Awards.
Many people have also enjoyed seeing Whitehall on screen with his father. In the early ’10s, they did a chat show together called Backchat. Since 2017, the twosome have been in Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father during which they tour foreign lands, encountering awkward situations and clashing over what to see.
In September 2021, the comedian announced a pair of shows with his parents for 11 and 18 October 2021. Billed Jack Whitehall With Hilary And Michael Whitehall: How To Survive Family Holidays, it lays out the perils, pitfalls and even the joys of family holidays, as penned in the family’s tell-all memoir by the same name, due for release on 12 October 2021.
Jack Whitehall With Hilary And Michael Whitehall: How To Survive Family Holidays 2021 show dates
- 11 October 2021 – Lyceum Theatre, London
- 18 October 2021 – New Theatre, Oxford
The Whitehalls live on stage together
The comedian is being joined by his parents in Jack Whitehall With Hilary And Michael Whitehall: How To Survive Family Holidays at London's Lyceum Theatre and Oxford's New Theatre in October. Tickets go on sale from 10:00 on Friday 24 September 2021.
Jack Whitehall is performing two shows with his parents Hilary And Michael Whitehall on 11 and 18 October 2021.
He will be appearing on stage in Jack Whitehall With Hilary And Michael Whitehall: How To Survive Family Holidays at London's Lyceum Theatre and Oxford's New Theatre.
Tickets for Jack Whitehall With Hilary And Michael Whitehall: How To Survive Family Holidays go on sale from 10:00 on Friday 24 September 2021.
Get tickets 24 hours early in our presale which opens from from 10:00 on Thursday 23 September 2021.
The comedian is being joined by his parents to discuss their hard-won advice on how to survive family holidays, as featured in their new book by the same name. The truth about a holiday – if it is with one's own family – no amount of sunshine, wine or holiday spirit will stop your worst character traits coming to the surface. You have just volunteered to spend a week in close proximity with the people who know you best and who will never ever let you forget it. No one survives unscathed. Things are always going to end in tears: you can only hope they're of laughter.
Tickets start from £25 and include a copy of How to Survive Family Holidays by Jack Whitehall with Hilary and Michael Whitehall.