Jack Whitehall: “whenever I see Michael Fish I think of my parents having sex”

"I remember stealing my sister's Spice Girls Club membership card because I thought it was a club you could go to and they'd be there"

What is your guilty pleasure?
Bargain Hunt. I’m halfway through filming the second series of Fresh Meat and have a TV in my trailer, so in between scenes, instead of learning my lines, I’ve been enjoying a lot of daytime TV.


What makes you blush?
I watched an episode of Spartacus: Blood and Sand with my mum once and I will never do that again. They should add some sort of warning. To the casual observer, it looks like a historical show, educational even; but it’s just violence and tits. Double bill as well.

What’s recently brought a tear to your eye?
Toy Story 3. I watched it on a plane and I was too embarrassed to admit to the air-hostess that I was crying over the film so I pretended that I was a nervous flyer and she comforted me for the rest of the flight. I felt a bit bad.

What would you curl up with on a grey, rainy day?
The Big Lebowski. I can watch that in any mood, any time of day, and be content.

Who was your first crush?
Posh Spice. I remember stealing my sister’s Spice Girls Club membership card because I thought it was a club you could go to and they’d be there.

Who would you ban from TV?
Michael Fish. My dad once told me I was conceived on the night of the Great Storm, so whenever I see Michael Fish I think of my parents having sex.

Do your parents find you funny?
Most of the time they are very supportive, although one of the lowest moments of my career was standing on the rainy streets of Milton Keynes after a gig, worrying how I was going to get home because my lift had broken down and receiving a text from my dad who’d just watched me on Celebrity Juice – which is a show I love but it’s definitely not aimed at my dad, who is in his 70s. His review was not glowing.

After Fresh Meat do you ever worry you might be typecasting yourself as an obnoxious posh bloke?

When I first started out as a stand-up, I changed my voice because I was so worried about being posh, but it wasn’t really true to who I am; I had to just accept it.

Which comedian do you look up to?
Steve Coogan, but I’ve no desire to meet him because I’d say something stupid. I made a “Va Va Voom” gag when I met the footballer Thierry Henry. He looked at me as if to say, “Who the hell is this?” and walked away.


1. EastEnders or Coronation Street?
Corrie. I don’t watch but my mum is obsessed so I experience all the highs and lows.

2. Jamie Oliver or Gordon Ramsay?
Jamie Oliver

3. Radio 1 or 6 Music?
Radio 1 because I wouldn’t know how to access a digital station.

4. Stephen Fry or David Attenborough?
Stephen Fry

5. Have I Got News for You or News at Ten?
Have I Got News for You


Jack Whitehall’s Bad Education is on Tuesdays at 10pm on BBC3