Jack Whitehall (3 stars)

This article is from 2009

Jack Whitehall

Given the many competition finals he reached early on in his career and his rapid rise to TV work, the 21-year-old Whitehall’s debut solo show at the Fringe was always going to be weighted with expectation. Watching him perform, it’s easy to see why there is a buzz around the lad; his is the assured presence of someone much further advanced in his years. He chats to the crowd with confidence and in a lovely moment later on makes a break for the door to scream at the crowd outside in the Courtyard.

Overall the material concerning his worry that he’s neither rebel nor man enough is, though amusing, a little pedestrian in places. But along the way there are fine moments with considerable bite: a comparison between the apostles and The Apprentice and a routine featuring Jeremy Beadle’s hand being two of them. Then, in the final five minutes events get much more interesting with a diatribe about his simultaneous love and dislike of his father. It certainly makes for a promising start.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 30 Aug (not 25), 7.15pm, £10–£11.50 (£8.50–£10)

Jack Whitehall - Nearly Rebellious

  • 3 stars

Jack's always wanted to be a real man, like the ones in the audience at 'Top Gear', but unfortunately he likes Smirnoff Ice and doesn't look good with his shirt off. 'Shoo-in for stardom' (Evening Standard).

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