Jack
Rooke

Writer, presenter and comedian

Jack is an award-winning comedy writer-performer and presenter from Watford. He is currently creator, writer and narrator of his critically acclaimed debut comedy-drama show Big Boys for Channel 4 after making a pilot in 2018. Produced by RoughCut TV, Big Boys is an adaptation of Jack's acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe shows Good Grief and Happy Hour, about two misfit guys becoming best friends at university. He is also currently working on a project for Comedy Central.

For stage, Jack’s debut solo hour Good Grief, a comedy-theatre piece about his father's death co-written with his 85 year-old Nan Sicely, was met with critical acclaim. The show enjoyed numerous runs at Soho Theatre and went on to be adapted by BBC Comedy for Radio 4. Jack's second show Happy Hour was commissioned by Soho Theatre for their Edinburgh Fringe 2017 programme. The show was the source for adaptation and inspiration for his debut book, Cheer The F**k Up, a part-comedic memoir, part-advice guide about mental health released in July 2020 with Penguin UK/Ebury Press. 

Jack's latest show, Love Letters, was a comedy hour on modern romance set to a live harp, produced by Berks Nest and described by the Guardian as “effortlessly charming and buoyantly funny”. The show went on to be transferred to the Soho Theatre main house. His debut short film The Dawn Of A New Gay was based on the show and produced by C4's Random Acts. It was selected for the BFI London Film Festival 2019, London Short Film Festival and London Comedy Film Festival as well as numerous international film festivals. 

As a broadcaster, Jack has made numerous documentaries with his debut BBC Three series, Happy Man, about male happiness and suicide being nominated for Best Factual TV Show in the I Talk Telly Awards 2017. He also presented the BBC Arts doc Mamma M.I.A., a one-off special about the rapper M.I.A. Jack was the resident on-air expert in bereavement and mental health for BBC Radio 1, frequently featuring on R1's Surgey and helping create documentaries such as R1's Guide to Happiness and the award-winning Clara Amfo: Running with Grief. He has also created work for multiple platforms as a long-term comedy ambassador for the suicide prevention charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably).