Miles Jupp: Young Man In A Huff

Note: This review is from 2005

Review by Steve Bennett

Listening to Miles Jupp is a little like being in the company of an aged grandparent; an old, stuffy traditionalist, bemused and angered in equal measure by the state of modern society. 

Fortunately, Jupp has harnessed this into a unique comic voice, boasting a deft ability for writing jokes that present a coherent, distinctive worldview.

From gangsta rap to a missed sexual opportunity from his youth, Jupp is vitriolic about pretty much everything in the world, ever.  Mind you, it is not the kind of vitriol that would lead him to raise his voice, but more likely to shake his port glass in a gentle rage. 

He is undoubtedly an indignant man, but twisted in a way that makes the persona so memorable. Jupp has reasons for being stoical towards elderly paedophiles, and not even the ten commandments are safe from being rewritten to fit his own frames of reference.  He will take issue with anything and everything, and occasionally he can create laughter simply in his choice of subject, even before he begins to engage with it.

His resourceful writing rarely leaves a topic at one line, being able to buttress his initial comments with wonderfully amusing afterthoughts. Delivered with his trademarked delivery of eloquent, resentful disgust, it is overwhelmingly effective.

Hs points of view are often questionable and there is a fascinating fine line between laughing at his comments and laughing at him.  From his anecdotes, Jupp emerges as socially uncomfortable in every situation, creating a tension between his on-stage arrogance and his actual behaviour in the real world.

Definitely recommended. Chin, chin.

Review date: 1 Jan 2005
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett

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