CV: Jack Dee

Daily Mail Weekend Magazine - - 11 OCTOBER WEDNESDAY -

He’s been a waiter, a chef and a stand-up co­me­dian. Here, we look at how the cre­ator and star of Bad Move (8pm, ITV) be­came the king of the down­beat sit­com…

Front of house: Jack, 56, claims he spent the first 25 years of his life not know­ing what he wanted to do. He moved to Lon­don from Winch­ester, then took a job as a trainee man­ager at a brasserie, think­ing to make a ca­reer in the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try. Jack was gen­uinely sur­prised to learn from col­leagues that he wasn’t smil­ing when he greeted cus­tomers…

Jack of all trades: He talked his way into a job in the kitchens at The Ritz, but he didn’t last and, over the next cou­ple of years, he worked as a courier and a mar­ket re­searcher – he even once de­cided he’d like to be­come a vicar – but even­tu­ally re­turned to wait­ing ta­bles. Stand­ing up: In 1986, shortly af­ter break­ing up with his girl­friend, Jack took an open-mic slot at Lon­don’s Com­edy Store. He was asked back and, by 1991, he’d won a Bri­tish Com­edy Award for his stand-up; in 1992, he landed his first TV se­ries, The Jack Dee Show. A long run of TV panel shows and com­edy show­cases fol­lowed, in­ter­spersed with act­ing roles. The write stuff: It wasn’t un­til 2006 that Jack wrote his first sit­com, the won­der­fully sour Lead Bal­loon, in which he starred as grumpy co­me­dian Rick Spleen. It ran for four se­ries and was nom­i­nated for three Bri­tish Com­edy Awards. In an­other case of art im­i­tat­ing life, Bad Move was also in­spired by his own life.

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