Review: Jack Whitehall at the Echo

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Jack Whitehall is no new face in comedy. From writing and starring in his own BBC series to embarking on his new stand-up arena tour, he’s become a household name in recent years.

Whitehall has been a success since he started out at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and his 2011 tour, ‘Let’s Not Speak Of This Again’, sold out nationwide and led to his DVD topping charts in 2012.

The 25-year-old was also honoured with a British Comedy Award for his portrayal of public schoolboy JP in the hit Channel 4 show ‘Fresh Meat’.

He stopped off in Liverpool on Sunday night during his latest ‘Jack Whitehall Gets Around’ tour and this time, rather than being introduced by his father as he does on TV, Jack chose to show how difficult his upbringing was – for a comprehensive school boy growing up in posh Barnes in suburban London. This was followed by his arrival on stage on a Segway.

Whitehall playfully mocked his upper-class background throughout the show, pointing out situations when the accent and vocabulary can sound ridiculous, like his joke about a pub fight in Barnes, when someone yelled: “He’s dishonoured you, Monty.”

The main running joke for the young comedian’s show is his obsession with the Disney classic, ‘The Lion King’, and his wish to have saved ‘Mufasa’. Jack goes as far as to dress up as a lion, and crawl about the stage.  With his costume on back to front, he didn’t fail to get lot of laughs.

However polite you expect this posh boy to be, he doesn’t refrain from making a punch line out of his private and intimate moments, or swearing throughout.

His stage-persona, with its slightly camp delivery mixed with his over-the-top gestures, only added to the hilarity of his routine.

No joke hit a flat note and he easily won over the Liverpool audience. He will conclude his tour in London later this month.

About Bethany Wells, JMU Journalism