Phill Jupitus began his performing career in 1984, when he quit working in a Job Centre to become a performance poet, rising to prominence supporting such artists as Billy Bragg, The Style Council and The Housemartins.
However, the freedom of life on the performing side of the fence was too much to resist, and in 1990 Porky the Poet was retired and Phill Jupitus started performing at stand-up gigs all over London and the UK, going on to earn himself a ‘Time Out’ award in 1994.
1995 saw the beginning of Phill’s radio career hosting his own show for BBC Greater London Radio. In March 2002 Phill had the honour of playing the first ever record on the BBC’s new dedicated music station BBC 6 Music where he remained for five years presenting the breakfast show.
Phill’s highly successful television career began in 1996 when he became team captain on BBC Two’s pop quiz Never Mind The Buzzcocks, which he remained with until its demise in 2014. Aside from Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Phill appears as a regular guest panellist on QI (BBC Two) and has also appeared on 8 Out of Ten Cats (C4), Would I Lie To You (BBC One), The Blame Game (BBC Northern Ireland), Pointless Celebrities (BBC One), Alan Davies – As Yet Untitled (Dave), World’s Most Dangerous Roads (Dave) and was a regular presenter for BBC Two’s Glastonbury Festival coverage. In 2012 he returned to television stand up for the first time since 2000 with an appearance on Live At the Apollo (BBC One).