Phill Jupitus

Phill Jupitus

Phill Jupitus began his performing career in 1984, when he quit working in a Job Centre to become a left-wing punk poet, going by the name Porky The Poet.

He did the rounds of pubs and universities, supporting bands including The Style Council, The Housemartins and Billy Bragg. Two years later, he began working for indie label Go! Discs - whose artists included Billy Bragg - where he eventually became press officer for The Housemartins. He has also directed videos for Billy Bragg and the late Kirsty McColl.

And as his poetry turned into comedy, Jupitus remained linked to the music scene, with his big TV break coming in 1996, when he joined BBC2's pop quiz Never Mind The Buzzcocks as a regular team captain.

He also hosted his own show on BBC GLR, where he presented his own show from 1995 to 2000, and became the breakfast DJ on 6 Music in 2002.

As a stand-up, he has performed two UK tours: the Star-Wars-themed Jedi, Steady, Go in 1996, and Quadrophobia in 1999.

Phill also supported Madness on their 2000 national tour, and starred in a sitcom called Dark Ages for Granada Television. In January 2000, he joined BBC1's comedy panel game It's Only TV But I Like It as a team captain, alongside Jonathan Ross and Julian Clary.

He has also provided the voice of Dandelion in an animated series based on Watership Down for ITV and in Aardman Animation's Rex The Runt.

He has also played a patient in Holby City and an embittered sports journalist in the film Mike Bassett: England Manager.

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Phill Jupitus: I may quit stand-up

Comic says his current tour may be his last

 Phill Jupitus has indicated that he may quit stand-up, after almost 35 years in the business.

On thanking his audience for a warm reception at the end of his tour date in Andover, Hampshire, this week, the comic said: ‘I’m thinking of jacking this in and going back to school.

'I’m not saying this is a farewell tour, but if it was, it would be a good way to go out.’

Now 55, Jupitus began his career in 1984 as Porky The Poet, supporting the likes of Billy Bragg on tour.

For almost 20 years he was a team captain on Never Mind The Buzzcocks, which came to an end in 2015 after 281 episodes, and he still makes regular appearances on QI and on Radio 4. But he joked of his 'increasingly rare' TV appearances during his current Jupicilty tour.

He has also had some success in musicals, playing Edna Turnblad in the West End version of Hairspray in 2009, playing King Arthur in the 2011 tour of Spamalot,  and starring opposite Jason Manford in both Mel Brooks' musical The Producers and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on tour.

His Jupicity stand-up tour kicked off earlier this month, and runs until December, ending at the Torch Theatre in Milton Keynes. Dates.

Read our review of the show here.

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Published: 23 Sep 2017

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