Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

My Parents Are Proud of Me for Getting a Fictional Degree ; MARION MCMULLEN Finds out Why Jack Whitehall Thinks His Father Has Never Forgiven Him for Dropping out of University as the 27-Year- Old Comedy Star Appears in the Final Series of Fresh Meat

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

My Parents Are Proud of Me for Getting a Fictional Degree ; MARION MCMULLEN Finds out Why Jack Whitehall Thinks His Father Has Never Forgiven Him for Dropping out of University as the 27-Year- Old Comedy Star Appears in the Final Series of Fresh Meat

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Your own experience of university was a little bit shorter than most. What happened? I ENJOYED the year I did in Manchester. I didn't do long enough to get to the final year stage of it, where you leave and you worry about what you're going to do next.

You've got to go out and find a job. I certainly lived through that with all of my friends when they left. Most of them are now 28 and still unemployed, so I'm very much aware of how scary it can be for a graduate to leave university.

When you left university after a year, what was the reaction of your folks? MY PARENTS were absolutely terrified when I told them I was leaving university to go on stage in pubs and nightclubs to tell strangers jokes about my life.

Did they try and dissuade you? THERE were attempts at dissuasion and telling me I should go on and get a degree, but unfortunately I didn't really listen to them. I think now my mum's all right with it, but my dad still thinks I should have got a degree.

He still thinks that at any moment this could all end and I'll need to find a proper job and, therefore, the lack of my qualifications will be a massive hindrance. I still don't think he's forgiven me.

How did it feel to graduate in the final series of Fresh Meat, as you never have in real life? YES, thank you! But I did graduate from this so I got a photo of me at my graduation, which I sent to my parents. They are very proud of me for getting a fictional degree.

How did it feel working on the last series following the mismatched students sharing the same house? IT WAS really exciting to be back together, but it was sad, it really felt like the end of something.

But it's a really great way for the show to bow out. I think it's one of the strongest series we've made.

How do you feel about your character Jonathan 'JP' Pembersley? I'M GOING to miss playing JP a lot. He's such a d***head. It's a brilliant opportunity for me to behave like that and get it out of my system.

Now I'm not going to have that, maybe I'll be more of a d***head in real life.

How is JP going to manage in the real world after his final year at uni? HIS brother turns up and gives him a little bit of a 'pull your socks up' talking to. …

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