Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Jack's Stand-Up Trade Offers Varied Results

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Jack's Stand-Up Trade Offers Varied Results

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Byline: Sam Wonfor

Jack Whitehall Gets Around, Metro Radio Arena WHEN likeable comedian Jack Whitehall was asked to offer a summation of his arena stand-up tour, he replied: "Basically me being humiliated is the theme of the show. There is, sadly, no end to those stories." He wasn't kidding.

The very slick in-the-round production, which graced the Arena on Thursday, saw the 25-year-old current (and two-time) King of Comedy, rattle through a succession of funny first hand experiences using a mixture of head-in-hands cringing and disproportionate rage.

There was lots to laugh loudly at, but the lack of a real narrative thread made the show rather hit and miss - with the first half winning the day.

Following an over-long introductory film featuring his comically upper-class father, Jack's staple characteristics (being posh and camp) and a variety of options for his big entrance, Jack arrived to a flurry of fireworks on a segway.

The Arena was almost full of those who had presumably been moved to buy a ticket thanks to his stand-up, sitcoms Fresh Meat and/or Bad Education, in which he stars (and writes in the case of the latter) or his contribution to a bevvy of panel shows, including Sky One's League of Their Own. …

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