Phill Jupitus began his performing career in 1984, when he quit working in a Job Centre to become a ranting poet, quickly rising to prominence supporting such bands as The Style Council and The Housemartins. While working for indie record label Go! Disc his duties included being press officer for the The Housemartins and directing videos for Billy Bragg and the late Kirsty McColl.
In the evenings Phill’s poetry and compering became so successful he would go to tour with such luminaries as Madness, The Who and Paul Weller.
1995 saw the beginning of Phill’s radio career hosting his own show at BBC Greater London Radio. In 2000 Phill had the honour of playing the first ever record on the BBC’s new dedicated music station 6Music as its inaugural Breakfast DJ.
Phill’s highly successful television career began in 1996 when he became team captain on BBC2′s pop quiz Never Mind The Buzzcocks. Now in its twenty-third series Phill is the only remaining member of the original line-up.
Phill’s stand-up has taken him on two UK tours; Jedi, Steady, Go (1996) where he performed a personal interpretation of the Star Wars story. This was followed by the hugely popular second tour in 1999, Quadrophobia which can be found on DVD.
Phill has also starred in the sitcom television Dark Ages, provided a voice for the animated ITV series Watership Down before writing and performing in the critically acclaimed Waiting for Alice. (Edinburgh Festival 2007)
Aside from Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Phill currently appears as a regular guest on QI (BBC2/4), while on BBC Radio 4 Phill is a regular member of the award winning News Quiz in addition to numerous presenting work on such shows as Phill Jupitus’ Comic Strips and The Man Who Bought Hendrix’s Stage. As a journalist Phill writes a weekly column for The Times’ prestigious sport supplement, The Game; being a highly skilled artist at frequent intervals these submissions are presented in cartoon form. He currently is also the host of the aforementioned The Game football podcast along with his own cult music podcast Perfect Ten.
Despite these current media commitments Phill finds the time to go back out on the road touring the UK with his impro-show, as a key member of the successful show Totally Looped and also as lead singer with The Blockheads.
In the Autumn of 2009 Phill graced the West End stage in the hit musical Hairspray playing Edna Turnblad receiving critical acclaim for his performance.
The summer of 2010 saw the release of Phill’s book Good Morning Nantwich – Adventures In Breakfast Radio where not only does Phill discover the answer but finds out what really makes the listening nation tick first thing in the morning.