What are these stand-up gigs about?
It’s the last leg of my tour before I put it to bed. I’m recording a Netflix special at Hammersmith Apollo. It’s one of my favourite venues. I’ve never had a bad gig there but I don’t want to tempt fate.
Are you fed up with the show yet?
I’ve done 50 dates. I’ve tweaked it a bit and now it’s a very honed version. I’ve changed it a bit for Netflix as it’s an international audience so I don’t want to rely too much on punchlines about Greggs bakers. But when I’ve performed in other places around the world, it’s amazing what travels.
Material about my dad. He’s a quintessentially British character. He’s an angry old Tory but, weirdly, people in Belgium still find this ranting and raving Spectator reader quite amusing. I guess Brexit put his type of person on the map internationally.
You talk about Robert Pattinson again in your show. Is he your arch-enemy?
I made jokes about him in my older shows. I decided to leave the poor guy alone but then I auditioned for a film he was in, which I messed up, which gave me some good material. But that’s it now. I won’t talk about him again. He doesn’t deserve it. My rabid jealousy is totally uncalled for.
What’s the worst stand-up gig you’ve done?
Any gig you do where you don’t have a microphone is problematic. You don’t have any status. You go from being a comedian to being a shouting madman in a pub. I did a few of them in the early days. It just encourages huge apathy from the audience, which is the worst thing that can happen.
On A League Of Their Own, Jamie Redknapp sent rude texts from your phone to Princess Eugenie and Orlando Bloom. How do you have their numbers?
I met Orlando at an awards ceremony. Every number in my phone for anyone he’d be interested in texting is under a fake name now. He’s like a ninja. He’ll sneak into my dressing room and send people horrifically embarrassing texts. It’s a nightmare.
Does he do it all the time or just when the cameras are on?
He does it all the time. Filming that show is like being on a stag do. I can’t leave my phone out or fall asleep. Jamie and Freddie Flintoff are like children — but I am as well.
Who else has he done it to?
He sent James Blunt a load of lyrics but he didn’t reply. I often don’t know who he’s done it to because he deletes them after he’s sent them. My phone is like Fort Knox now — I’ve got an 18-digit passcode and an iris scan.
What did he send to Princess Eugenie?
You wouldn’t be allowed to print it. It was quite naughty but she’s got a good sense of humour. She’s friends with my sister. We all went to school together.
Do you get invited to fancy royal parties?
No. I just go to the Royal Variety Performance. I quite enjoy them but it’s high pressure. I’m always tempted to say something inappropriate that will get me into trouble. I met Barry Chuckle at one of them. I was so excited. I got a photo with him and it made my night.
Are the Chuckle Brothers your main comedy inspiration?
That’s what my mum tells everyone. The Chuckle Brothers are great but I did stop watching them at a certain age and started watching Peter Cook and Dudley Moore and Bill Hicks. It wasn’t just the Chuckle Brothers but that’s what my mum seems to think.
You’ve got a Netflix travel show with your dad coming up. Was it a bonding experience?
We went to Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. He got a henna tattoo and we went to a full-moon party. All the gap-year tropes. We did bond. I got him drinking beer, which he’s never drunk before. He came to the first show on this tour and sat next to a reviewer. It was a nice review but it said my dad sat in stony silence throughout. I asked why he didn’t laugh. He said, ‘I was inwardly laughing’. I’ve got no time for inward laughter. He’s always got a face like he’s let out a wet fart. He’s banned in future.
Jack Whitehall is at Hammersmith Apollo from July 20 to 22. For tickets, visit jackwhitehall.com