Whitehall dabbled in acting as a child, appearing in an episode of Noah’s Ark. "The most interesting thing I ever did was a thing when I was about 17, my mate at school read an advert in a newspaper for a day’s work as an extra so I thought, I might as well, I went down and it was this thing called Celebrity Regressions, which was on ITV about 4pm. They wanted me to be Jono Coleman, a radio DJ from London, in a past life when he was a cabin boy on a galleon in Portsmouth and I ended up getting flagellated on top of a deck. I got paid £90 for it! That was enough to put me off it forever." Fortunately he concentrated his comic talents on stand-up and never looked back.
Whitehall briefly attended the University of Manchester to study History of Art, residing in the Owens Park Tower. "When I went up to Manchester, John Bishop was very supportive, I did two university gigs, called comedy slots, with my friends, and I was the compère and John came and did our first ever night for very little money. Afterwards, one of my friends was selling those laughing gas balloons to try and make some money and by way of some of John’s payment we gave him balloons. He did one of them on stage and then had to give a radio interview!"
In 2008, Whitehall presented two weeks' worth of Big Brother's Big Mouth on E4 and returned to present the show full time in the 2009 series of Celebrity Big Brother. He's also appeared on various other shows, including 8 Out of 10 Cats, Tonightly, The Sunday Night Project, Big Brother's Big Quiz and You Have Been Watching, as well as Mock The Week, Would I Lie To You? and Never Mind the Buzzcocks.
In 2009, Whitehall guest-presented Never Mind the Buzzcocks. He has also appeared as a comic on A Comedy Roast with guest star Chris Tarrant. The summer of 2010 saw Jack busy filming C4’s Stand Up For The Week. The series is hosted by Patrick Kielty, with regular performers, Kevin Bridges, Andi Osho and the growly voiced American comic Rich Hall alongside Jack.
With all this stuff going on, we're surprised Jack had time to breathe, let alone find more work to do. But, rather than rest on his laurels, Jack opted to join a stellar line up of comedians, including Dara O'Briain and Jon Richardson, to complete the first ever "mile high" comedy gig - all in aid of Comic Relief. Not only did they break a record for the highest comedy gig to ever take place and raise a fair bit of cash for the charity (almost £100,000), but they also quite niftily proved that flying doesn't have to be the white knuckle, peanut chocking and feet bloating catastrophe that most of us make it out in our minds to be. Jack was also reportedly quite chuffed by the fact that it was the only gig that people couldn't walk out of. The man's got a point.
Oh, and in case you've never picked up on it (insert seriously sarcastic voice) he also went to school with Robert Pattinson and is pretty sure he's stolen all of his glory. Don't worry Jack, we doubt Robert's made anyone laugh while earning their Mile High Club badge…