Jack is a stand-up comedian, actor and writer known for his sarcastic, witty, and deadpan humour. He made his first public appearance at an open-mic gig in 1986 at the Comedy Store, which he went to one evening after work. He was encouraged to write additional material and to tour the circuit. Since the 1990s he has performed sell-out acts at many high-profile venues (including the London Palladium and the Hammersmith Apollo). After he scooped the British Comedy Award for Best Stage Newcomer in 1991, Dee was offered his own show; The Jack Dee Show first went out on Channel 4 in February 1992, bringing him to a wider audience.
He made his stage debut in 1998, playing Yvan in Yasmina Reza’s Olivier award-winning ‘Art’. He later returned as Serge for a 13-week run at the request of the director.
His combination of stand-up routines on television continued with Jack Dee’s Saturday Night on ITV, Jack Dee’s Happy Hour in 1997 and later Jack Dee Live at the Apollo in 2004 on BBC One.
Aside from his successful stand-up career, Dee has played starring roles and guest appearances in television series. He played the part of Doug Digby in the Grimleys pilot (1997) before the role was recast for the series, and made guest appearances on such programmes as Silent Witness, Dalziel and Pascoe and Jonathan Creek.
His most recent series Lead Balloon, which he also co-wrote, began on BBC Four on 4 October 2006. Described as “Britain’s answer to Curb Your Enthusiasm”, Lead Balloon sees Dee play the semi-biographical role of Rick Spleen.
In 2008, Dee took part in the 15th anniversary special of Shooting Stars where he replaced Will Self as captain of Team A.
In 2001, he won Celebrity Big Brother (then linked to fundraising for Comic Relief).
In 2005, he co-hosted Comic Aid, a one-off gathering of comedians that aimed to raise money for the Asian Tsunami Appeal.
In 2010, Dee took part in Channel 4’s Comedy Gala, a benefit show held in aid of Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, filmed live at the O2 Arena in London on 30 March.
Dee hosts the radio panel show I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, and is a frequent guest on QI and Have I Got News for You, which he has guest-presented ten times, and he hosts segments of the BBC’s biennial Comic Relief telethon.
Jack is an entertaining and experienced presenter.