Phill Jupitus

Phillip Christopher Jupitus (/ˈdʒuːpɪtəs/; born 25 June 1962) is an English stand-up and improv comedian, actor, performance poet, cartoonist and podcaster. Jupitus was a team captain on BBC Two's popular music quiz Never Mind the Buzzcocks from its inception in 1996 until its end in 2015, and also appears regularly as a guest on several other panel shows, including QI and BBC Radio 4's I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue.

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Phill Jupitus at the Glastonbury Festival
Phill Jupitus at the 2009 Glastonbury Festival
PseudonymPorky the Poet[1]
Birth namePhillip Christopher Swan
Born25 June 1962 (age 57)
Newport, Isle of Wight, England
MediumStand-up, television, film
Years active1985–present
WebsiteOfficial website

Early life

Born Phillip Swan in Newport on the Isle of Wight, he took his stepfather Alexander's surname, Jupitus (a corruption of the Lithuanian name Šeputis)[2] when he was 16.[3] Jupitus attended a comprehensive school before winning a place at the boys Grammar School Woolverstone Hall School near Ipswich.[4]

Career

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Phill Jupitus in Edinburgh, 2006.

Jupitus worked at the Department of Health and Social Security (DHSS) for five years, while he also wrote political poetry and drew cartoons. He resigned from the DHSS in 1984, hoping for a career in the music industry.

Using the moniker Porky the Poet, Jupitus became associated with Anti-Fascist Action and the ranting poetry scene, alongside Kool Knotes, Seething Wells, Swift Nick and Attila the Stockbroker. Jupitus approached local bands to offer himself as a support act for their tours: "I thought it looked easy, I was very cheap. If you got another band to support you, there are probably four of them and roadies and managers. But me—I just turned up and read poems."[5] His first vinyl recordings were part of the live Newtown Neurotics album Kickstarting a Backfiring Nation as Porky the Poet in 1987.

Jupitus toured colleges, universities and student unions, supporting bands such as Billy Bragg, the Style Council and The Housemartins. He supported Billy Bragg once more on the Labour Party-sponsored Red Wedge tour in 1985: "In the early '80s, I got involved with Red Wedge, in which Neil Kinnock got various bands to stage concerts for Labour. The reason I got involved was 20% because I believed in the cause, 30% because I loved Billy Bragg, and 50% because I wanted to meet Paul Weller".[6]

After Red Wedge, he found it difficult to get other bookings, due to the decline of political poetry as a mainstream art. He got a job as a runner for the independent record label Go! Discs, which had signed Billy Bragg and other bands, such as the Housemartins. Bragg said: "We ended up managing to get him a job at Go! Discs, which was brilliant. I was concerned that the cut-throat nature of the record business would make him jaded—underneath that rhino exterior there is quite a sensitive person—but that was before I realised that he was going to come back and do gigs again. Working at Go! Discs got his confidence up."

His performances of two of his poems, "Beano" and "Nobby", were included in the 1986 album Not Just Mandela, alongside tracks by Billy Bragg and Attila the Stockbroker, amongst others.[7] Released on Davy Lamp Records, all proceeds of the record were going to the Anti-Apartheid Movement.

Jupitus became press officer and compere for The Housemartins (appearing in the 1986 music video for "Happy Hour"), using the role to continue being in front of an audience, while also filling support slots for other artists. During this time, he worked as a warm-up act on the Channel 4 TV show The Show. He quit working for Go! Discs in 1989 and fell back on his poetry and competing to try and gain a foothold on the London comedy circuit.

He conceived and directed the Brit Awards-nominated music video for Bragg's "Sexuality" in 1991 and wrote a parody version of that song about bestiality. He also appeared alongside R.E.M. in the music video for Bragg's "You Woke Up My Neighbourhood" and performed in Searchlight magazine's 2006 "Hope Not Hate" campaign tour with Bragg. He has also appeared numerous times at the Glastonbury Festival as a DJ and a compere in The Left Field tent. Jupitus produced the music video for Kirsty MacColl's 1991 single "All I Ever Wanted" from the album Electric Landlady.[8] He appeared at her tribute concert in 2002 as compere, and also sang one of her songs, "Fifteen Minutes".[9]

In 2000, he released the stand-up comedy DVD Phill Jupitus Live: Quadrophobia.[10] In 2001, he appeared as a sports journalist in the film Mike Bassett: England Manager.

Jupitus made a guest appearance on the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band 40th anniversary DVD performing with the band on the track "Mr. Apollo" and has toured with them around the UK. He appears on the Bonzos' 2007 album, Pour l'Amour des Chiens. Also in 2007, he performed with The Blockheads on their 30th anniversary tour. He continued to perform with them sporadically since Ian Dury's death, also appearing in Dury's place for "Drip Fed Fred" during the Madness concert at Wembley Arena shortly before Dury's death. Jupitus performed at the Reading and Leeds festivals in 2008.

On 13–14 February 2009, Jupitus co-hosted the first BadMovieClub[11] on Twitter. At midnight, over 2,000 Twitter users simultaneously pressed 'Play' on the film The Happening and continued to tweet whilst watching, creating a collective viewing experience that generated 40,000 tweets in under two hours. The first showing took place at 9:00pm, hosted by Graham Linehan. Jupitus was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Essex in South Essex College's congregation ceremony in Southend on 30 September 2010. Jupitus was also awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Kent, Canterbury in 2017, where his daughters had previously attended.

On 6 October 2010, Jupitus, along with Emma Kennedy, hosted a special comedy evening at the Canterbury Animation Festival 'Anifest'.[12] He will be returning to Anifest 2011[13] on 1 October 2011.

Jupitus attended the "I Do To Equal Marriage" event which celebrated the introduction of same-sex marriage in England and Wales in March 2014.[14]

Radio

Jupitus began hosting his own radio show on BBC GLR in 1995, a regular job that would last until 2000. After that, he embarked on his first stand-up comedy tour of the UK, Jedi, Steady, Go, performing the Star Wars story in a comedic fashion.[15]

In 2002, Phill Jupitus was a stand-in presenter on BBC Radio 2 for Steve Wright while he was away on holiday.

Jupitus was the breakfast DJ on BBC Radio 6 Music from 2002 until 30 March 2007 (the last song played, by listener request, was "Broadway" by the Clash), and made brief returns to the station during the summer of 2007, sitting in for Stephen Merchant on Sunday afternoon and Liz Kershaw on Saturday mornings. In 2010, he publicly criticised the BBC's announcement that it was to discontinue the station, describing the decision as "not only an act of cultural vandalism, it's also an affront to the memory of John Peel and a slap in the face to thousands of licence-payers."[16] Jupitus has since written a book about his time on 6 Music, entitled Good Morning Nantwich: Adventures in Breakfast Radio.[17] In February 2010, as part of his research for the book, Jupitus presented the breakfast show for one week on Bournemouth University student radio station, Nerve* Radio, produced by Mog McIntyre and co-presented by regular student presenters 'Guy Larsen & Jess Bracey'.[18]

On 9 September 2009, Jupitus narrated a half-hour documentary on BBC Radio 4 about the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes created by Bill Watterson.[19]

Jupitus has worked on Radio 4 as a regular contributor to Loose Ends, The News Quiz (where his performances are notable for a range of parody voices), I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue and Just a Minute. He also presented Best Sellers—a series on the life and work of Peter Sellers—and wrote and presented Disneyfied, a documentary on the work of Walt Disney.

Jupitus has also twice appeared on the Radio 4 show The Unbelievable Truth and is a regular guest with the Comedy Store Players.

Television

Jupitus was one of the panellists on the first TV episode of the show Loose Talk, which made a brief transition from radio to television in 1994. In 1996, he joined BBC Two's pop quiz show Never Mind the Buzzcocks as a regular team captain – having appeared in every single episode, except for series 25, episode 6. He frequently appears on QI as a guest panellist. He has a history of mimicking the QI host, Stephen Fry, while on the show. In December 1999, he had the lead role in Dark Ages, an ITV sitcom parodying preparations (and fears) for the year 2000, set in Essex in the year 999.[20] Jupitus has played Councillor Cowdrey in CITV children's series Bottom Knocker Street since its first series in summer 2013.[21]

Jupitus has presented several editions of the popular Top Ten series for Channel 4, while also joining another comedy panel game—It's Only TV...but I Like It—as a team captain, alongside Jonathan Ross and Julian Clary.

He has made one appearance in an episode of Holby City as a patient (in "Men are from Mars"). As a voice actor he has provided the voices for Dandelion in an ITV adaptation of Watership Down and also performing a selection of voices for Rex the Runt by Aardman Animations.

Jupitus is a continuity announcer for the UKTV channel Dave during the channel's evening schedule. During 2008, he did the voice over work for the Dave show Batteries Not Included. He also took part in the Dave show Comedy Exchange, where he went to America, while Eugene Mirman came to Britain. Here they each performed different routines in various events. He has appeared in Argumental for the same channel, where team captain Marcus Brigstocke made him laugh so hard he fell off his chair and took a long time to recover. Jupitus and Brigstocke were reunited on the Radio 4 show (hosted by Brigstocke) I've Never Seen Star Wars, in which Jupitus tried out things that he'd never attempted before, such as eating a Findus Crispy Pancake, undergoing a colonic irrigation, and shaving another person's head.

During the 2008 Major League Baseball season, Jupitus presented a feature during the seventh inning stretch of Channel Five's featured Sunday night game. Each week he would read a section or quote from one of his favourite baseball-related books. He is a fan of the Boston Red Sox and has their logo tattooed on his arm.

In December 2008, Jupitus took part as a guest presenter on RTÉ's comical topical discussion show The Panel.[22]

Theatre

Jupitus co-wrote and starred in the play Waiting for Alice with Andre Vincent which had a run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The world premiere took place on 16 July 2007 at the St. Ives Theatre in St Ives, Cornwall.

Jupitus and Marcus Brigstocke appeared together in the UK tour of Totally Looped, performing at the Theatre Royal, Brighton, the King's Theatre, Southsea, Portsmouth and the Victoria Hall, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent in spring 2009.

In October 2009, Jupitus joined the West End theatre cast of Hairspray, playing the role of Edna Turnblad at the Shaftesbury Theatre.[23] He joined the 2011 tour of Spamalot, playing the role of King Arthur.[24]

On 16 January 2015, Jupitus was confirmed as starring opposite Jason Manford in the 2015 tour of Mel Brooks' musical The Producers. He will be portraying Franz Liebkind, until 16 May.[25] He has since appeared in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang also alongside Jason Manford on a tour of the UK.

Podcasts

From August 2008 he was the host of The Times football podcast "The Game", replacing the previous co-hosts Gabriele Marcotti and Guillem Balague, although Marcotti was still be the regular pundit on the show and hosted again on Jupitus departure.

Between September 2008 and June 2011, Jupitus produced a podcast along with Phil Wilding, who produced his BBC 6Music show, called Phill and Phil's Perfect Ten. Initially being released fortnightly it later became more sporadic due to the pair's work commitments. In April 2009, archive episodes were made available for purchase on audible and iTunes as audiobook bundles of four with bonus 'perfect ones' attached. Since ending the podcast in June 2011 the pair have indicated that all back-episodes will be released free at some point in the future.

In 2018 Jupitus was interviewed by Jodie Cook for the Clever Tykes podcast: Creating Useful People[26]. The podcast explores the childhood influences that shape future success. In Jupitus' episode he talked about how he developed his ethos for life and work, as well as his mum's dreams for him as a naval merchant.

Personal life

Jupitus is married with two daughters and as of 2018 lives in Fife.[27][28]

He is an avid fan of West Ham United and the Boston Red Sox.[29]

Jupitus discussed his arachnophobia with the writer and broadcaster Suzy Klein on the BBC Radio 4 programme I'm Suzy, and I'm a Phobic, which was broadcast in January 2013.[30]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Mike Bassett: England Manager Tommo Thompson
2010 The Safest Place for Fruit Is in Carmen Miranda's Hat The Narrator Short film
2012 No Prisoners Art

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1998–1999 Comedy Nation Various Roles
1998 Norman Ormal: A Very Political Turtle Yob Comedian 2 TV Movie
Harry Enfield and Chums 1 Episode: "Harry Enfield's Yule Log Chums"
1999–2000 Watership Down Dandelion Voice only
1999 Dark Ages Gudrun
2001 Rex the Runt Morris the One-Gloved Mouse
The Ants
Sergeant Major
Episodes: "Mouse in the Kitchen"
"Patio"
"Private Wendy"
Holby City Andy Thompson Episode: "Men Are from Mars"
2007 Doctors Wally Albright Episodes: "No Way Out: Part 1"
"No Way Out: Part 2"
2011 Phineas and Ferb Adrian Fletcher Episode: "My Fair Goalie"
2013 Bottom Knocker Street Councillor Cowdrey
2016 Drunk History Captain Edward Smith
William the Bastard
Episode #2.2 & #2.9

Video games

Year Title Role
2010 Aliens vs. Predator Additional Voices

References

  1. ^ "Phill Jupitus is Porky the Poet in 27 Years On – Edinburgh festival review | Culture". Theguardian.com. 13 March 2014. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Phill Jupitus: 'It's the most grown-up thing I've done'". London: The Telegraph. 19 May 2008. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Phill Jupitus: You ask the questions". London: The Independent. 13 March 2002. Retrieved 22 July 2009.
  4. ^ Series 1 , Episode 2 : Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled
  5. ^ Wilson, Chris. "Giving it Large". Archived from the original on 16 March 2005.
  6. ^ "Home entertainment: Phill Jupitus | The Guardian". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Various - Not Just Mandela (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  8. ^ "Connections: J is for ..." Archived from the original on 29 June 2014.
  9. ^ "Tributes & Obituaries". Kirstymaccoll.com. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  10. ^ "Phill Jupitus Live: Quadrophobia (2000)". IMDb.com. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  11. ^ "Van Henderson". Badmovieclub.co.uk. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  12. ^ "Phill Jupitus". Canterburyanifest.com. 2 November 2014. Archived from the original on 3 October 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  13. ^ Jupitus, Phill (12 September 2011). "Canterbury Anifest". Animate & Create. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
  14. ^ "Thousands help comedian Sandi Toksvig renew vows after introduction of gay marriage". Heraldscotland.com. 29 March 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
  15. ^ "Who is Phill Jupitus?". Archived from the original on 28 December 2005.
  16. ^ Jupitus, Phill (26 February 2010). "Killing BBC 6 Music would be a slap in the face to licence-payers". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
  17. ^ John Plunkett. "Phill Jupitus interview: 'I am not everyone's cup of tea' | Media". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  18. ^ "Guy joins Phill Jupitus for breakfast (From Echo)". Echo-news.co.uk. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  19. ^ Jupitus, Phill (22 September 2009). "Calvin and Hobbes". BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 14 October 2009.
  20. ^ [1]
  21. ^ "Bottom Knocker Street - ITV Sitcom - British Comedy Guide". Comedy.co.uk. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  22. ^ [2] Archived 30 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  23. ^ "Photo Flash: Belinda Carlisle And Phill Jupitus Are West End 'HAIRSPRAY Bound!". Westend.broadwayworld.com. 30 October 2007. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  24. ^ "Phill Jupitus Announced to Play Arthur In 2011 SPAMALOT Tour". Westend.broadwayworld.com. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  25. ^ "David Bedella and Phill Jupitus join the cast of The Producers". Whatsonstage.com. 16 January 2015. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  26. ^ "Podcast exploring the childhood influences that create successful grown ups - Business Birmingham". Business Birmingham. 14 September 2018. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  27. ^ "Comedian Phill Jupitus thanks Dundee shop worker for Sean Hughes gesture" – via www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk.
  28. ^ "A Wee Blether With... Phill Jupitus". The Scots Magazine (March). 2018.
  29. ^ https://www.whufc.com/news/articles/2016/may/24-may/big-interview-phill-jupitus
  30. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - I'm Suzy and I'm a Phobic". Bbc.co.uk. 2 January 2013. Retrieved 3 May 2015.

External links

7th Empire Awards

The 7th Empire Awards ceremony, presented by the British film magazine Empire, honored the best films of 2001 and took place on 5 February 2002 at The Dorchester Hotel in London, England. During the ceremony, Empire presented Empire Awards in eight categories as well as three honorary awards. The honorary Independent Spirit Award was first introduced this year. English comedian Phill Jupitus hosted the show for the first time.The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and Moulin Rouge! were tied for most awards won with three awards apiece. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring won the award for Best Film, while Moulin Rouge! won the award for Best Director for Baz Luhrmann. Other winners included Bridget Jones's Diary who won the award for Best British Film and Enigma with one award apiece. Michael Mann received the Empire Inspiration Award, Christopher Lee received the Lifetime Achievement Award and Alejandro Amenábar received the Independent Spirit Award for The Others.

Apples and Snakes

Apples and Snakes, based at the Albany Theatre in Deptford, south-east London, is an organisation for performance poetry and the spoken word in England. It has been described as the main organisation promoting performance poetry in Britain. Set up in 1982 by a group of poets, the organisation has been "the development ground for many high profile poets and spoken word artists", including John Agard, Jean "Binta" Breeze, Malika Booker, Billy Bragg, Charlie Dark, Inua Elams, Phill Jupitus, Lemn Sissay, Kate Tempest, and others.Run by a board of trustees chaired by Kerry Featherstone, Apples and Snakes has been a registered charity since 1986. It currently receives over £400,000 funding annually, as a national portfolio organisation, from Arts Council England.

Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive

Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive is a British radio comedy programme broadcast on BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2005 with a second series in 2006, a third in 2007 and a fourth in 2008. Series 2, 3 and 4 of the show were broadcast in the popular Friday evening slot, which it has shared with The News Quiz and The Now Show. It is hosted by comedian Armando Iannucci and each week a panel of fellow comedians make satirical and surreal observations on current events. Vaughan Savidge provides voice overs.

Guests in the first three series have included Clive Anderson, Jo Brand, Marcus Brigstocke, Alexei Sayle, Mark Steel, Andy Zaltzman, John Oliver and Phill Jupitus. The 2007 series included Stewart Lee, Mark Watson, Rich Hall and David Cross.

In April 2007, Series 2 was awarded a Sony Radio Award in the comedy category. The judges said: "Making comedy programmes out of current affairs topics is a well-populated genre. The judges felt that this was a great example of brilliant observation with surreal twists, taking the listener on an unpredictable journey and bringing a fresh slant to the format."

The shows writers include Armando Iannucci, Nick Doody, Ian Martin, Sean Gray, Dan Tetsell, Will Smith and Jon Holmes.

Barry Hutchison

Barry Hutchison is a children's author, screenwriter, and director from Scotland. He wrote children's novels for Egmont Press under their 2Heads imprint, including books for the Beastly, Ben 10, and Ben 10: Alien Force series, and signed a six-book contract with HarperCollins in 2008.

In 2013, Hutchison wrote 36 episodes of Bottom Knocker Street, a CITV comedy starring comedian Phill Jupitus. He lives in Fort William in the Highlands with his wife, Fiona, and their two children.

Batteries Not Included (TV series)

Batteries Not Included is a British comedy programme showcasing the world's strangest gadgets. It was broadcast on Dave who commissioned the show. It was made by independent production company Liberty Bell. John Cleese hosted with Phill Jupitus narrating. The programme featured a rotating panel of contributing celebrities (mainly comedians) who tested out the gadgets and brought on their own favourite gadgets to discuss.

Chain Reaction (radio programme)

Chain Reaction (nicknamed "the tag-team talk show") is a hostless chat show first broadcast on BBC Radio 5 in 1991, and then revived on BBC Radio 4 in 2004. Each week an individual from the world of entertainment selects someone that they would like to interview. This interviewee goes on to be the next week's interviewer.

The first series comprised four programmes broadcast on Radio 5 on successive nights starting on New Year's Eve 31 December 1991, with the following guests:

Ralph Steadman interviewing John Cleese

John Cleese interviewing William Goldman

William Goldman interviewing Ian McKellen

Ian McKellen interviewing Glenys KinnockThe second series of 5 episodes were broadcast at 9.30am on BBC Radio 5 daily from 14-18 September 1992

Glynis Kinnock interviewing Juliet Stevenson

Juliet Stevenson interviewing Helen Bamber

Helen Bamber interviewing John Sessions

John Sessions interviewing unknown

Unknown interviewing unknownThe third series of 5 episodes were broadcast at 9.30am on BBC Radio 5 daily from 2-6 November 1992

Rob Newman interviewing Spike Milligan

Spike Milligan interviewing John Wells

John Wells interviewing Paul Merton

Paul Merton interviewing unknown

Unknown interviewing unknownThe fourth series of 5 episodes were broadcast at 9.30am on BBC Radio 5 daily from 14-18 December 1992

Joe Strummer interviewing unknown

Unknown interviewing unknown

Unknown interviewing unknown

Unknown interviewing unknown

Unknown interviewing unknownThe fifth series of 5 episodes were broadcast on consecutive Fridays at 9.30pm on BBC Radio 5, starting on 6 August 1993

David Gedge interviewing John Peel

John Peel interviewing Ian Rush

Ian Rush interviewing Max Boyce

Max Boyce interviewing Pete Waterman

Pete Waterman interviewing Jimmy SavileThe first revived series comprised six episodes, with the following guests:

Jenny Eclair interviewing Jimmy Carr

Jimmy Carr interviewing Matt Lucas

Matt Lucas interviewing Johnny Vegas

Johnny Vegas interviewing Stewart Lee

Stewart Lee interviewing Alan Moore

Alan Moore interviewing Brian EnoThe second series comprised six episodes, with the following guests:

Jo Brand interviewing Barry Cryer

Barry Cryer interviewing Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas interviewing Alexei Sayle

Alexei Sayle interviewing Lenny Henry

Lenny Henry interviewing Bill Bailey

Bill Bailey interviewing Simon PeggThe third series comprised six episodes, with the following guests:

Marcus Brigstocke interviewing Clive Anderson

Clive Anderson interviewing John Lloyd

John Lloyd interviewing Phill Jupitus

Phill Jupitus interviewing John Hegley

John Hegley interviewing Jack Dee

Jack Dee interviewing Jeremy HardyThe fourth series comprises four episodes, with the following guests:

Catherine Tate interviewing David Tennant

David Tennant interviewing Richard Wilson

Richard Wilson interviewing Arabella Weir

Arabella Weir interviewing Paul WhitehouseThe fifth series comprises six episodes, with the following guests:

Robert Llewellyn interviewing Dave Gorman

Dave Gorman interviewing Frank Skinner

Frank Skinner interviewing Eddie Izzard

Eddie Izzard interviewing Alastair Campbell

Alastair Campbell interviewing Alistair McGowan

Alistair McGowan interviewing Simon CallowThe sixth series began on Friday 13 August 2010, with the following guests:

Ronni Ancona interviewing Lee Mack

Lee Mack interviewing Adrian Edmondson

Adrian Edmondson interviewing Ruby Wax

Ruby Wax interviewing Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer interviewing Stephen Merchant

Stephen Merchant interviewing Jarvis CockerThe seventh series began on Friday 29 July 2011, with the following guests:

Rhys Thomas interviewing Simon Day

Simon Day interviewing Peter Hook

Peter Hook interviewing John Cooper Clarke

John Cooper Clarke interviewing Kevin Eldon

Kevin Eldon interviewing Mark Steel

Mark Steel interviewing Barry DaviesThe eighth series began on Friday 27 July 2012, with the following guests:

Jeremy Front interviewing his sister Rebecca Front

Rebecca Front interviewing Chris Addison

Chris Addison interviewing Derren Brown

Derren Brown interviewing Tim Minchin

Tim Minchin interviewing Caitlin Moran

Caitlin Moran interviewing Jennifer SaundersThe ninth series began on Friday 27 December 2013, with the following guests:

Terry Christian interviewing Kevin Bridges

Kevin Bridges interviewing Frankie Boyle

Frankie Boyle interviewing Grant Morrison

Grant Morrison interviewing Neil Innes

Neil Innes interviewing Graham Linehan

Graham Linehan interviewing Adam Buxton.The tenth series began on Wednesday 18 February 2015, with the following guests:

Adam Buxton interviewing Reece Shearsmith

Reece Shearsmith interviewing Bob Mortimer

Bob Mortimer interviewing Vic Reeves

Vic Reeves interviewing Olivia Colman

Olivia Colman interviewing Sharon Horgan

Sharon Horgan interviewing Dennis KellyThe eleventh series began on Wednesday 24 February 2016, with the following guests:

Ed Byrne interviewing Al Murray

Al Murray interviewing Ian Hislop

Ian Hislop interviewing Victoria Coren Mitchell

Victoria Coren Mitchell interviewing Sandi Toksvig

Sandi Toksvig interviewing Roy Hudd

Roy Hudd interviewing Alison SteadmanThe twelfth series began on Monday 13 February 2017, with the following guests:

Sara Cox interviewing Joe Lycett

Joe Lycett interviewing Katherine Ryan

Katherine Ryan interviewing Sara Pascoe

Sara Pascoe interviewing Harry Hill

Harry Hill interviewing Tim Vine

Tim Vine interviewing Sir Ken DoddThe theme music is "I Do Not Fear Jazz" by Big Strides.

Dave Green (journalist)

Dave Green is a journalist, broadcaster and snack food expert. He was Production Editor on Amiga Power magazine (who claimed he was an alien) and Reviews Editor for the brief early version of Wired UK. Together with Danny O'Brien, he was jointly responsible for publishing the email newsletter Need To Know. He also published Snackspot, which called itself the "world's premier snack food discussion site", and was technology correspondent for the Phill Jupitus breakfast programme on BBC 6Music.

He was primary organiser of the UK grassroots technology conferences Extreme Computing, NotCon04, and Open Tech 2005. He lives in London, England.

Dave graduated from University College, Oxford in 1990, and was a postgraduate in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Edinburgh, where he co-wrote the Internet meme "20 Things That Never Happen in Star Trek" with Graeme MacDonald.He worked with Ben Moor on BBC2's Big Science series, and with Kevin Cecil and Andy Riley on The 99p Challenge.

Dogman (children's musical)

Dogman is a 1994 children's musical show by John Dowie with music by Neil Innes directed by Victor Spinetti. A soundtrack album was released in 2005, narrated by Phill Jupitus and again with the songs of Neil Innes.

Go! Discs

Go! Discs was a London-based record label, launched in 1983 from offices in Wendell Road Shepherds Bush by Andy Macdonald and Lesley Symons after he left his job as Press Officer at Stiff Records and she provided the seed-funding. The first signing to the label was Billy Bragg and early releases also came from Sheffield band The Box, artists like, The Housemartins and later The Beautiful South. Key staff contributors following a move to Hammersmith, included comedian Phill Jupitus and Cathal Smyth ( Madness' Chas Smash ). Go! Beat Records was launched as a subsidiary for dance artists like Beats International, Gabrielle and Portishead. In 1992 Paul Weller signed for the main Go! Discs label.

In 1996 Macdonald resigned when PolyGram acquired a majority stake in the label, and the label folded not too long afterwards. However, Go! Discs' dance offshoot Go! Beat Records continued and became a unit in the PolyGram group—and in 1999, Go! Discs was revived, although it is now in dormancy along with Go Beat.

Go! Discs catalogue now operates under Virgin EMI Records, a division of the Universal Music Group.

List of QI episodes

QI (short for Quite Interesting) is a BBC comedy panel game television show that began in 2003. It was created by John Lloyd, and was hosted by Stephen Fry until the end of Series 13 [M] after which Sandi Toksvig took over, and features permanent panellist Alan Davies. Each series covers topics that begin with a different letter of the alphabet; for example, the first series covered topics whose word began with "A". Thus it is referred to as "Series A" instead of "Series One".QI was given a full series after BBC executives responded well to a nonbroadcast pilot and the first episode, "Adam" premiered on BBC Two on 11 September 2003. From the second to the fifth series, episodes aired each week on BBC Two; the second and subsequent episodes were shown first on BBC Four in the time-slot after the previous episode's BBC Two broadcast. When the sixth series of QI began in 2008, the show moved to BBC One and the broadcasting of episodes on BBC Four was replaced in favour of an extended repeat broadcast on BBC Two the following day, titled QI XL. From the ninth series, QI returned to BBC Two on Friday at 10 pm with the XL edition on Saturdays. Lloyd acted as the producer for the first five series. Piers Fletcher became producer starting from Series F.As of 8 March 2019, 233 episodes of QI have aired, concluding "Series P". This count does not include the unbroadcast pilot, two special episodes, ten two-part compilation episodes (from "Series G" onwards), and one episode containing outtakes from "Series E". In February 2019, new episodes for "Series Q" began being recorded.

Live at the BBC (The Housemartins album)

Live at the BBC is a compilation album of live tracks recorded for the BBC between 1985 and 1987 by The Housemartins. While most of the tracks included are session versions recorded for various BBC radio shows, the disc also features a number of cuts from the band's performances in Nottingham and at the 1986 Glastonbury Festival, as broadcast on the BBC.

The album features sleevenotes written by the band's former press officer and compere, Phill Jupitus, and serves as a companion to the previously released BBC session tracks included on the 1988 compilation album "Now That's What I Call Quite Good". With the exception of track 1, "Drop Down Dead", all of the recordings included on the disc are exclusive to this album.

Never Mind the Buzzcocks

Never Mind the Buzzcocks is a British comedy panel game, themed on pop music, that aired between 1996 and 2015. It first starred Phill Jupitus and Sean Hughes as team captains, with Hughes being replaced by Bill Bailey from the eleventh series, and Bailey replaced by Noel Fielding from series 21 onward. The show was produced by Talkback for the BBC, and usually aired on BBC Two. The title plays on the names of punk rock band Sex Pistols' Never Mind the Bollocks album, and the punk band Buzzcocks. The series was first hosted by Mark Lamarr, then by Simon Amstell, and later by a number of guest presenters, with Rhod Gilbert hosting the final series.

The show was noted and known for its dry, sarcastic humour and scathing, provocative attacks on other people and objects. It also had some controversial guests throughout its 18-year run. On 26 May 2015, it was announced that the BBC had decided not to re-commission the show, in order to "create space for new entertainment formats".

Phill

Phill (usually a diminutive of Phillip) may refer to:

Phill Calvert (born 1958), Australian rock drummer and producer, played in the influential post-punk band "The Birthday Party"

Phill Drobnick (born 1980), curler

Phill Feltham, Canadian journalist, Senior Editor for Maximum Fitness magazine

Phill G. McDonald (1941–1968), United States Army soldier and a recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Vietnam War

Phill Hartsfield, Southern California sword and knifemaker

Phill Jones (born 1974), New Zealand professional basketball player

Phill Jupitus (born 1962), English comedian, cartoonist, DJ, guitarist, performance poet and presenter of radio and TV

Phill Kline (born 1959), the former district attorney of Johnson County, Kansas, USA

Phill Lewis (born 1968), American film and television actor

Phill Niblock (born 1933), composer, filmmaker, videographer, and director of Experimental Intermedia

Phill Nixon (born 1956), English darts player from Ferryhill, County Durham, UK

Phill Shatter (born 1982), champion heavyweight wrestler

Phill Wilson (born 1956), founder of the Black AIDS Institute, prominent African-American HIV/AIDS activist

Phill and Phil's Perfect Ten

Phill And Phil's Perfect Ten is a comedy audiobook and irregular podcast hosted by Phill Jupitus and Phil Wilding. It is recorded and offered for free on their website and iTunes after each recording, and archive editions were available as audiobooks on audible.co.uk and iTunes each containing 4 episodes and bonus material in the form of an introduction and a 'Perfect One.' The show reunites the duo from their days on BBC 6 Music and has covered a range of topics and established a range of running jokes. Stephen Fry provides narration in the form of the introduction and stings; music is played by Jupitus on a ukulele. The content features strong language and adult references.

The series was initially concluded in mid-June 2011, as the pair pursued other projects that didn’t allow for new episodes to be recorded, such as Jupitus’ role in the Monty Python musical Spamalot and Wilding’s new career as a novelist. This was an increasingly frequent issue for both of them. Shortly after the series ended, it was announced on Facebook that all 45 episodes would be made available again for free - including the four Perfect Ones from the Audible releases.

In March 2012 the duo returned with a new episode, followed by further episodes in May, September, and October. More episodes were planned, but did not appear. The pair did not record another until November 2014.

While the podcast is currently inactive, it maintains a dedicated fanbase, with its own Facebook page. Also, the existing episodes continue to be distributed via BitTorrent and file hosting which is on MediaFire; as of November 2018, the hosting account showed that over 2.3 terabytes'-worth of Perfect Ten downloads had been served.

Pour l'Amour des Chiens

Pour l'Amour Des Chiens (French: For the Love of Dogs) is the first all new studio album by the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band in 35 years. It was released on 12 December 2007, produced by Mickey Simmonds and Neil Innes.

The album was performed by original group members Neil Innes, Roger Ruskin Spear, Rodney Slater, 'Legs' Larry Smith, Vernon Dudley Bohay-Nowell, Martin 'Sam Spoons' Ash, and Bob Kerr, with New Millennium Bonzos Adrian Edmondson, Stephen Fry, and Phill Jupitus. Also credited are Mickey Simmonds (musical director), David Catlin-Birch (guitar and vocals), Johnny Marter (drums and percussion) and Steve Barnacle (bass and jazz guitar).

Sexuality (Billy Bragg song)

"Sexuality" is the ninth track on Billy Bragg's 1991 album, Don't Try This at Home. The song was released as a single which reached #27 on the UK charts and #2 on the U.S. Modern Rock charts.

"Sexuality" is an anti-homophobia and generally sex-positive song. It was written by Bragg with Johnny Marr, who also plays guitar on the recording.

The music video, which was conceived and directed by comedian Phill Jupitus, features Kirsty MacColl singing backing vocals as well as Jupitus himself.

The Unbelievable Truth (radio show)

The Unbelievable Truth is a BBC radio comedy panel game made by Random Entertainment, devised by Graeme Garden and Jon Naismith. It is very similar to the occasional I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue game "Lies, All Lies", which was first played in 1985. The game is chaired by David Mitchell and is described in the programme's introduction as "the panel game built on truth and lies." The object of the game is to lie on a subject, whilst also trying to include the truth without being detected. The series was first broadcast as a pilot on 19 October 2006, with the first actual series broadcast on 23 April 2007.The concept is a mirror image of the radio panel game Many a Slip devised by Ian Messiter, which ended in 1979, in which contestants do the opposite – spot errors hidden in narrations of true facts.

When Were We Funniest?

When Were We Funniest? is a Gold documentary series broadcast in 2008.

Where's Elvis This Week?

Where's Elvis This Week? was a short-lived, half-hour, weekly comedy television program hosted by Jon Stewart that aired on Sunday nights in the United Kingdom on BBC Two. It was filmed at the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City and featured a set of panelists—two from the United Kingdom, and two from the United States. The panelists discussed news items and cultural issues. It premiered in the UK on 6 October 1996, and five episodes aired in total. Notable panelists included Dave Chappelle, Eddie Izzard, Phill Jupitus, Nora Ephron, Craig Kilborn, Christopher Hitchens, Armando Iannucci, Norm Macdonald, and Helen Gurley Brown.

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