Jupp performing at the 100 Club in 2009
8 September 1979 |
Early life and education
Jupp was born in London, the son of a United Reformed Church minister. He was educated at three independent schools: at the The Hall School in Hampstead in North London and St. George's School in Windsor, Berkshire, and then at Oakham School in Rutland, followed by the University of Edinburgh, where he studied divinity.
During his time at university, he performed with acclaimed improvised comedy troupe the Improverts and took part in pantomime productions with the Edinburgh University Theatre Company at Bedlam Theatre.
In 1999, Jupp performed with Edinburgh based improvisational comedy troupe the Improverts. He won So You Think You're Funny?, Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year in 2001, and was a Perrier Award Best Newcomer nominee in 2003 for his show Gentlemen Prefer Brogues. Jupp claimed to have bluffed his way on to an England cricket tour to India as the cricket correspondent for BBC Scotland and the Western Mail during his appearance on Celebrity Mastermind, and again in an appearance on Test Match Special in 2011.
Television and film
Jupp is probably best known as Archie the Inventor in CBeebies' Balamory. Jupp also had a role in the BBC Scotland comedy programme Live Floor Show, where he played an eccentric, foul-mouthed comedian. In 2007, Jupp appeared fleetingly in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix as a TV weatherman who complained about the incredibly hot drought.
Jupp appeared in series 3 and 4 of political comedy The Thick of It as John Duggan, an incompetent press officer with a habit for making inappropriate comments, prompting the remark that his fringe is to "hide the lobotomy scars". Following this role he appeared in BBC Scotland's comedy Gary: Tank Commander as Captain Fanshaw. In 2009, he appeared briefly in the film Sherlock Holmes as a waiter. In the same year, he also appeared in Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle.
In 2010, Jupp appeared on Mock the Week, Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, and as Nigel, a Church of England Lay Reader, in the BBC sitcom Rev. He also appeared as an undersecretary in the 2010 film Made in Dagenham.
In January 2011, Jupp was a team member with Goldie and team captain Phill Jupitus on the music quiz Never Mind The Buzzcocks. In May and November 2011, and in April 2012, he appeared as a panellist on both Have I Got News for You and Would I Lie To You? (BBC). On 22 August 2011, he appeared as the lunchtime guest on Test Match Special, where he revealed a love of cricket and that he had worked with the Test Match Special team, who had no idea who he was. This become the basis of the book Fibber In The Heat. He appeared in Mock the Week again in October 2011. He appeared in series 4 episode 4 of the comedy panel game Argumental, which aired on 24 November 2011. He appears later in 2012 in Mock the Week.
Jupp also had a cameo role in Johnny English Reborn in 2011 as an employee of MI7. In January 2012, he won an episode of Celebrity Mastermind. In February 2012, he appeared on BBC Let's Dance for Sport Relief and danced to the Prodigy's "Firestarter". In March 2012, he appeared in an episode of the specially televised 45th Anniversary series of BBC Radio 4's Just a Minute quiz show, alongside Paul Merton, Gyles Brandreth and Liza Tarbuck, and in July 2013 he appeared in an episode of I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, also on BBC Radio 4.
In March 2008, Jupp performed his third solo show entitled Everyday Rage and Dinner Party Chit Chat at the Etcetera Theatre in Camden. He presented the Live at the Gilded Balloon podcast for The Guardian newspaper's coverage of the 2008 and 2009 Edinburgh Fringe.
Jupp was the narrator of the radio show The Penny Dreadfuls Present...The Brothers Faversham by the Penny Dreadfuls which was broadcast in 2008 on BBC Radio 7 in the UK.
In 2009, Jupp became host of BBC Radio 7 satirical comedy series Newsjack as well as the host on BBC Scotland comedy quiz show Swots. In February 2011, he appeared as a panellist on BBC Radio 4's panel show It's Your Round. In February and March 2012, Jupp hosted four editions of a BBC Radio 4 panel show It's Not What You Know, based on his suggestion for a round on It's Your Round, and in April 2012, he was a contestant on BBC Radio 4's The News Quiz (Series 77; Episode 1).
In 2011 he starred in the self-penned BBC Radio 4 comedy In and Out of the Kitchen, "the diary, written for publication, of a somewhat minor celebrity chef, Damien Trench", with a second series following in 2013, and continuing with a third series in 2014.
- The Improverts