Mat & Faron
Men In Coats
Men With Bananas
Michael J Dolan
Michelle De Swarte
Mo The Comedian
Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer
At Chortle Fast Fringe 2010
More Miles Jupp videos
|Dancing to The Prodigy's Firestarter|
Children will recognise him as Archie The Inventor in Balamory, but Miles Jupp is also an award-winning stand-up.
He started his career with victories in two new act competitions in 2001 - Channel 4's So You Think You're Funny and the Leicester Festival of The Year award. Two years later he was nominated for the Perrier Best Newcomer Award for his show Gentlemen Prefer Brogues.
On TV his upper-class persona landed him regluar apperances on BBC Scotland's Live Floor Show and has appeared on Paramount's The World Stands Up and Channel 4's You Must Be Joking, among others.
He is also a member of the sketch team The Lost and Lonely Rebels.
Radio 2 Comedy Spectacular For Children In Need
At the last minute, Radio 2’s annual Children In Need comedy gala moved from the 1,100-seat Shepherds Bush Empire to the 300-seat Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House – and still there were empty seats.
Quite why Londoners stayed away is a riddle, especially as the show prominently featured the Horne Section, who are currently enjoying a successful Saturday-night residency in the West End. Their handler, Alex Horne, hosted, while the expert band, led by preternaturally talented pianist Joe Stilgoe, improvised jingles and provided backing tracks for the comedians – either prepared or ad libbed – plus the odd ‘badoom-tish’ rim shot. It all gave proceedings a more relaxed, jazzier vibe than most comedy night, and befitted Radio 2’s musical remit.
After the ice-breaking game of audience Battleships which opens every Horne section gig came Jason Cook, who asked the band to provide a funky beat behind his storytelling, largely about defusing a late-night fight using only the power of Geordie. The music forces the stand-up into a different rhythm, which didn’t entirely suit this tale, but it washes over amiably.
Radio 2’s New Comedy Award winner Angela Barnes had a slightly wobbly start, as her gags about a friend’s static-caravan holiday home failed to land. However, she had more success when she talked about her own misfortune such as suffering from glue ear – an affliction that usually affects children, so is treated in paediatric units. As she wryly noted, this could make her one of the few Children In Need performers who could directly benefit fro the fundraiser.
Comedy rapper Doc Brown made full use of the band, as you might hope, accompanying his tongue-in-cheek rhyme in which he ascribes every misfortune that befalls him to racism. Better still was the self-defence rap Kick Him In The Balls, since its advice was delivered with such phoney machismo. Brown didn’t think it would make it past the BBC censors, but hopefully it will. With the right video, this has ‘viral hit’ written all over it.
Finally in the first half, Nick Helm, doing a rare swear-free set – though the brooding aggression and self-loathing was all still present and correct. This wreck of a man started with a dark, nightmarish tale with no apparent humour, until a great left-field payoff that, frankly, deserved more from the crowd. Then on through some audience intimidation, his four actual jokes, and his growled-out musical number I Fancy The Hell Out Of You - with impressive improvised backing from the Horne Section – in which he sounds like Chas N Dave after nine pints of Special Brew. Great stuff.
After the break, Gareth Richards was hit by technical problems, as his Eighties musical instrument, the Omnichord, failed to fire up. But the delay as BBC techies scrambled for an extension cord proved an unlikely godsend, as it allowed Richards to fire out some exquisitely eccentric one-liners before, problem solved, his affectionately silly song about his mate Dave and his resemblance to a fridge.
Miles Jupp has been away from stand-up being an actor for the past couple of month, so by his own admission is a little rusty. After a few self-deprecatory jibes about his poshness, he did seem to struggle to find his pace, although quips about Boris Johnson and a Scouse version of Monopoly invoked some sublime comic language. He hit his stride properly with his well-honed sarcasm-soaked routine on his bete noire of train travel. Just pity the poor editor who has to exorcise all the swearing before this makes it to air.
Two Episodes of Mash already have their own Radio 2 series, and the resolutely downbeat pair of Joe Wilkinson and Diane Morgan gave us half a dozen of their greatest hits here. They happily make light of their own failings – that sketches peter out with proper endings and sometimes go on too long, both of which are true. But there’s usually a strong gag at their heart, even if a couple of these seemed too visual for radio.
Joe Lycett won the audience’s affections with his charming yet childish camp, discussing his love of farts and and the gay dating iPhone app Grindr, which allows users to find like-minded souls nearby. However, relating his interactions, first with a Grindr user, and then with a viewer who sent hate mail following his appearance on TV, had diminishing returns.
Finally, a rare live appearance from Peter Serafinowicz, with a list of one-liners – or extracts from his deservedly popular Twitter feed, if you prefer – with the Horne Section rim-shotting every punchline. The quality was wildly inconsistent, but, my, the best gags were truly exceptional examples of tricksy wordplay.
You can hear for yourself, when the Radio 2 Comedy Spectacular goes out at 10pm on Saturday.
|Date of live review: Tuesday 15th Nov, '11|
Review by Steve Bennett
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Even if you don't consider yourself to be a grumpy get before your time, you'll identify with many of his gripes. His delivery is delicious, only marred by a surprisingly abrupt close to the set. We loved every minute.
Miles Jupp is a genius. End of. Glad he is doing more stand up now. Can't wait to catch his act again.
Cracking job in Wycombe yesterday. Glad to have seen him do stand up at last.
Was at the Empire comedy club on January 27th and had an amazing time thanks to this man. He was able to maintain his persona throughout the show while still being able to relate to the audience and get laughs. A real comedy treat.
Jan 31st, Haywards Heath. Not his finest hour. Unsettled by a quiet crowd, tended to gabble his way through the first half which made it worse because no-one had time to work through what he'd said. Better second half, at least managed to get one half of the room laughing. Overall a 40W bulb to Dan Atkinson and Rob Deerings comedy searchlights. Disappointing
I saw him at the Arts Theatre on Monday. I found him absolutely delightful, and wish to marry him.
Glad I've finally seen him. He's brilliant.
Best of the night at the Kings Head – cheers for a cracking night
Rev: Series 1
Three Fat Ladies
Edinburgh Fringe 2002
BBC Scotland Live Floor Show
Edinburgh Fringe 2003
Live (Original) Floorshow - Live!
Miles Jupp: Gentlemen Prefer Brogues
Edinburgh Fringe 2004
Miles Jupp Presents The Lost And Lonely Rebels
Edinburgh Fringe 2005
Miles Jupp: Young Man In A Huff
The Lost And Lonely Rebels
Edinburgh Fringe 2007
Johnson and Boswell: Late But Live
Miles Jupp: Everyday Rage And Dinner Party Chit-Chat
Edinburgh Fringe 2008
Elizabeth And Raleigh: Late But Live
Guardian at the Gilded Balloon
Miles Jupp: Drifting
Edinburgh Fringe 2009
The Guardian Live at the Gilded Balloon 
Miles Jupp: Telling It Like It Might Be
Edinburgh Fringe 2010
Miles Jupp: Fibber In The Heat (A Cricket Tale)
Misc live shows
Stand Up For Palestine