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 debut comedy-drama show Big Boys, which is being developed 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.

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).


"Cleverly-written, tenderly shocking and awfully funny - with a dollop of punk."5☆☆☆☆☆

Gay Times Magazine
on Good Grief

"Effortlessly charming and buoyantly funny!"4☆☆☆☆

The Guardian
on Love Letters

CV

Television

Presenter & Creator 

Presenter 
BBC Three

REECE 

BBC Three Comedy threesomes starring Jon Pointing, Craig Parkinson, Jo Hartley and Jack Rooke.

Comedy Central
Comedy Central

Writer & Producer & Creator 

Producer Ash Atalla
Director Jim Archer
Starring
  • Dylan Llewellyn
  • Jon Pointing
  • Camille Coduri
  • Katy Wix
  • Comedy pilot in development 

    Roughcut TV

    Theatre

    Writer & Performer & Creator 

    Comedy-storytelling show about the misfortunes of modern romance, gay dating and some good old fashioned shagging. Set to a live harp accompaniment from acclaimed orchestral musician Alexander Thomas, Love Letters is a story for those who’ve been ghosted, freaked out by one-night stands and deleted Tinder before re-installing it two weeks later.



    Roundhouse
    Producer David Luff/Soho Theatre

    Happy Hour is Jack's new show for Edinburgh Fringe 2017; a comedy documentary theatre show set in the filthiest student, gay, wanky-exposed-brick-with-dangly-lightbulb bars, exploring why some mates leave the party and never ever come back.

    Cowgate, Underbelly, Edinburgh
    Director Gabriel Bisset-Smith

    Jack's debut hour show blending comedy, storytelling and film to explore how we treat the bereaved, deal with grief and try to celebrate finding happiness after tragedy. The show ran at Underbelly for Edinburgh Fringe 2015, then at Soho Theatre in Spring 2016 and will go on tour in 2017.

    Underbelly

    Writer & Creator 

    Radio

    Writer & Presenter & Creator 

    Radio documentary about M.I.A and Jack's fandom exec-produced by Gemma Cairney

    Production Company Boom Shaka Laka Productions
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4

    Writer & Performer & Creator 

    Good Grief
    1 x 30'
    Producer Paul Sheehan

    A radio sitcom adaptation of Jack's critically acclaimed stage show for BBC Radio 4 

    Production Company BBC
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4

    Book

    Writer & Performer & Creator 

    Dawn of A New Gay
    BFI London Film Festival Selection 2019
    Director Rosie Gaunt-Mathieson
    Channel 4's Random Acts

    Writer & Producer & Creator 

    Better the Devil (working title)
    Feature Film treatment
    Film 4