Where next for Jack Whitehall?
Tim Clark13 December 2012
So Jack Whitehall has been crowned the King (and Queen) of comedy, what next?
For a guy who has recently mentioned how he was overlooked for the Harry Potter role - and even has to compete with Twilight star Robert Patterson for his mum’s favour - it’s an achievement he can savour.
Though I know not everyone likes him, and in many people’s eyes he encapsulates the ‘jean-wearing comedian’ that is destroying comedy Whitehall does at least possess the skill set to be a good comedian. By mentioning that it was like he time ‘when TOWIE of a BAFTA’ he’s also shown he’s capable of humility as well.
The previous two winners of the King / Queen award have been Miranda and Sarah Millican, both of whom have shows of their own on the BBC, though slightly different in nature.
One thing can be certain, that if Whitehall won a public vote against what was a very strong line-up of contenders then – at least in a TV commissioners eyes – he is hot property. Whitehall will now be seen as a person who can help guarantee the success of a new show, or a pilot could be green-lit if Whitehall has been involved in it.
Though we’re not fans of Bad Education, Whitehall has gave his credentials a major boost with his performances in Fresh Meat have proven that he can hold down a role – so expect a few more serious acting propositions coming through in the next twelve months.
Fresh Meat has been confirmed for a third series, which is good, and if the right script comes in then Whitehall could be on a major series fairly soon.
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His most notable appearance of late was his stint as the guest presenter of Have I Got News For You – which saw him come across as someone who sits very comfortably on TV in either an acting or presenting capacity.
He has the same agent as the previous winner Sarah Millican, so it’s not out of the question that Whitehall could find himself on something such as The Jack Whitehall Television Programme.
However if he does go down the same route as Graham Norton or Jonathan Ross, he’s not likely to be able to keep the acting roles alive. So it depends on which is more important to him.
The Stadium Tour
The British Comedy Award gong will not have hurt sales any of Whitehall’s live shows one bit. We had heard rumour of a live tour, though we expect one to be announced imminently.
The big stand-up’s seem to have very long lead-in times now, Miranda Hart announced her tour last night but it doesn’t start until Feb 2014.
However with this boost in popularity it wouldn’t be surprising if we see Whitehall in a venue such as the O2 sometime in the next nine months. Who knows.
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