As Phill Jupitus probably quite rightly assumes, much of his audience – at least here in Australia – will know him best from his appearances on television panel show QI. This will also give them a familiarity with his disdain for the band Coldplay, which he kicks off the show by demonstrating in song. However, he’s at pains to point out that ‘Television Phill’ is very different to ‘Stand-up Phill’ and that’s likely the source of meaning for the title of this show. For while ‘Television Phill’ is doubtless a funny and quick-witted man, giving the viewer a certain sense of expectation, ‘Stand-up Phill’ is far less adroit and of course unshackled by the politeness required of pre-watershed TV.
Jupitus also assumes that his audience will have seen a 2012 routine he did on TV’s Live at the Apollo, in which he tells the story of how he allowed his sixteen year-old daughter “be knobbed”, as he puts it, by her boyfriend under his own roof. This proclamation sets the tone for the show and is the kicking off point for a set largely based around Jupitus’ own youthful sexual discovery and how he ‘came of age’ if you will. That means we’re set for a lumbering hour of juvenile jokes about sex.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of puerile humour and jokes that mature adults ‘should know better’ than to find quite so amusing, but it’s hard to imagine anyone beyond the age of consent would find this routine witty. These are all the kind of jokes that one finds funny when they first start to experiment with sex, and for Jupitus that was disturbingly young, but there’s sadly only one idea in here that feels at all new, based around a childhood misunderstanding in regards to how conception works.
If you check out Jupitus’ routine about his daughter on YouTube, as he encourages us to do, you’ll find it’s infinitely better than what’s on offer in Juplicity.