Phill Jupitus began his stage career in 1984, when he quit the civil service to become a performance poet, supporting such artists as Billy Bragg, The Style Council and The Housemartins. In 1990 his Porky the Poet guise was retired and Phill started performing comedy at clubs all over London and the UK, going on to earn a Time Out award in 1994.
1995 saw the beginning of Phill’s radio career hosting shows for BBC Greater London Radio. In March 2002 Phill had the honour of launching the BBC’s new dedicated music station BBC 6 Music, where he remained for five years presenting the breakfast show. Elsewhere, he has regularly appeared on The News Quiz, I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, and The Unbelievable Truth, also presenting Pick of the Week and The Archive Hour, both for BBC Radio 4.
Phill’s highly successful television career began in 1996 when he became team captain on BBC Two’s comedy pop quiz Never Mind The Buzzcocks, which he remained with until its demise in 2014. Phill still appears as a panellist on QI, where he currently holds the record for guest appearances. In 2012 he returned to television stand up for the first time since 2000 with an appearance on Live At the Apollo.
He has also starred in the sitcom television Dark Ages, provided voices for Aardman’s animated TV series Rex The Runt, Disney’s Phineas and Ferb, and is currently the voice of Wilson the owl in Amazon’s Pete the Cat. In 2001 he made his solitary feature film appearance in Mike Bassett – England Manager.
Phill’s live stand-up work has taken him on several UK and International tours; Jedi, Steady, Go (1996) – where he performed a personal interpretation of the Star Wars story – was followed by the hugely popular Quadrophobia in 1999, which can be found on DVD. He has regularly performed at The Edinburgh Fringe festival, including resurrecting his word slinging alter ego Porky the Poet.
As an actor, Phill graced the West End stage in the musicals Hairspray and Urinetown. He also toured the UK in Spamalot and The Producers as well as performing in Big Society (Red Ladder Theatre), White Rabbit, Red Rabbit (Traverse) and MANWATCHING (The Royal Court). In the summer of 2016 Phill made his Shakespearean debut in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the role of Bottom at the Theatre Royal Bath.
In 2017 Phill returned to live stand-up comedy with tours of Australia and New Zealand, Europe, the Highlands & Islands of Scotland, and – after a four-show-a-day run at the Edinburgh Fringe – began a tour through ’til 2019 which saw his debut shows in Vietnam, Japan and China, as well as a return visit to the Antipodes with his show Sassy Knack.
Phill is 57, lives in Scotland, and is currently studying art at university.