Jack Whitehall 'gave up' on joke about girlfriend halfway through when he realised her parents were in audience
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Jack Whitehall has revealed he once had to change up his set mid-performance after remembering his girlfriend’s parents in the audience.
The 34-year-old comedian lost his nerve and decided to cut out some jokes he had written about his girlfriend, Roxy Horner, after seeing her folks while on stage.
Whitehall has been in a relationship with Horner since 2020, and has previously said she has the power to ‘veto’ any of his jokes.
In an interview with the Sun, Whitehall said: ”Roxy definitely gets a veto. She can be a tough crowd for my brand of humour but, touch wood, thus far she has been very accepting of me doing routines about her private life on stage.
“It is a blessing she hasn't said no to anything yet. Dating a comedian can be stressful because they go up on stage and tell a load of strangers all about your private life for the sake of comedy.”
However, during an appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show, last week he revealed that he once ‘gave up halfway through a joke’ after remembering her family were in the audience.
“To be honest, I hadn't done stand-up for a while, I'd been doing lots of films and been stuck on set,” he said.
“I love doing stand-up so much. I felt like I had stuff to talk about again. Before I knew it, I'd written an hour and I'm off on tour.
“I had some routines about my girlfriend, but then I remembered her family were in the audience. I pulled out a couple [of jokes] as I got too nervous… I saw her family and gave up halfway through the joke.”
Whitehall’s new tour - titled Settle Down - sees him reflecting on how his life has changed and his attempts to settle down.
A description of the show explains: “This is my most personal show yet, with plenty of material about the big changes that have happened in my life.
“It's about my struggle to settle down gracefully. I've got a long-term partner, a ridiculous dog and am now hurtling towards middle aged without a clue. It's about a foppish man-child's crack handed attempt at adulting!”
Speaking to Ross about growing up, he said: “I would say, reluctantly, I'm attempting to adult. I'm 34, I don't think of that as young. I wouldn't get on Love Island anymore… I think I would have been great until the kit came off.”
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