Jack on the box... | Young Whitehall on his Big Brother show... © C4

Jack on the box...

Young Whitehall on his Big Brother show...

Twenty-year-old comic Jack Whitehall is returning to E4 every weeknight from January 2, hosting the companion show to 2009’s Celebrity Big Brother: Big Brother’s Big Mouth. Here he talks about the show…

Is is good to be back?
I really enjoyed last time. I was quite nervous at the start of it all, but then when I got in there it was really great fun, meeting all the guests. I got to meet [Hollyoaks actor] Paul Danan and I thought, ‘you know, if this is what Big Mouth can offer me, then I should go back’.

So what can we expect this time?
I don’t really know. I know that I will have to do what I’m told and I’ll do it well. What do I know? It’ll be quite intense. There are more shows per week than the normal Big Mouth.

Which celebrities would you want to go in the house?
Katona would be good. Clarkson, I’d like to see him in there. I’m not a big fan of Clarkson but I’d like to see him in there as he’s such an arse. Maybe Ramsay.

You’ve just being doing some work with James Corden and Mat Horne. Did they offer you any advice?
The former hosts! James told me to get good trainers because he is really into his trainers. So I got these (sticks leg in the air) which are quite nice, James would be proud. As he says, ‘I’ve got 99 problems but my kicks ain’t one’. So watch out for the trainers in the new series. I might do a barefoot one; I don’t know, though, with health and safety regulations.

rnBack to Celebrity Big Brother, do you know any secrets?
I know nothing. Let’s make something up. They had a prison last year and this year they’re taking it further. They’re going to have a torture chamber where the celebrities get tortured; they’ll get put on a rack and play lots of James Blunt and The Kooks. Really dark stuff.

What are your chat up lines?
Just the standard really that any guy would use. ‘Hello’, ‘how are you?’, ‘do you come here often?’, ‘do you watch Channel 4’? I’m quite bashful but it’s good to be confident. I live up north as well, so some girls can be quite tough with you.

So no girlfriend then?
No [fake sobs]. If there was the right person out there, maybe someone that comes out the house…

Big Brother has been around for nine years which is nearly half of your lifetime. Did you ever expect to be one of the presenters?
No not really, I didn’t watch the first series. I watched the second one with Brian, Helen and Paul. So I’ve watched them all and really liked them. Russell Brand started doing Big Mouth. I never knew this would ever be able to happen. I loved Dermot. I want to be like Dermot. I want Dermot to tell me who’s been evicted from the Big Brother house or who is out of X Factor.

So are you prepared for the show, how will you warm up?
To psyche myself up? I’ll be very cool, get in the mindset, think about what I’m going to say, put my trainers on. Actually, I’ll be watching the trailer of Con Air on You Tube. Whenever I watch that I get really excited. If you watch the trailer for Con Air there’ll be a lot of adrenaline and it gets you in the mood. That’s my advice; watch the Con Air trailer before you do anything.

Published: 19 Dec 2008

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