- 29 Aug 17
In advance of his first Electric Picnic appearance in seven years, acclaimed UK standup Phill Jupitus talks multitasking at festivals, giving up booze, the stupidity of Brexit, and becoming a Doctor.
Phill Jupitus isn’t just a renaissance man, he’s also a ridiculously busy one. On the 55-year-old’s Wikipedia page, he’s described as “an English standup and improv comedian, actor, performance poet, cartoonist and podcaster.” Talking down the line with Hot Press at the end of the very first week of the Edinburgh Festival, he explains that he’s currently wearing almost all of those hats.
“I’m only realising the magnitude of what I’ve taken on because I’m doing four or five shows a day, every day, here in Edinburgh,” he explains, sounding more than a little weary. “It seemed like a fucking great idea when I first thought of it, Olaf! Now it feels a little bit weird, but I sort of like the rhythm of it. It’s working out okay, but I was probably foolish to do the middle show. I think three a day should be the limit. But it’s too late for regrets!”
The “middle show” is a new WWII-themed solo improv called Achtung! Acting!, which has been getting rave reviews. But Phill has a lot more going on than just that.