Britain's Oldest Stand Up
First Cut documentary following 90-year old Chelsea Pensioner Jack Woodward returning to his previous career as a stand-up comic
- Jack Woodward, Ed Byrne and Les Keen
- Clair Titley
- Clair Titley
Ninety-year-old Chelsea Pensioner Jack Woodward has a dream: to revive his career as a stand-up comic and perform on stage at the Hammersmith Apollo. This First Cut film follows Jack on a heart-warming journey as he attempts to make it in the modern world of stand-up comedy.
His comedy CV is already impressive. He cut his comedy teeth in working men's clubs in the north, performed on troop ships during World War II and was a BBC warm-up comic in the 1960s.
He complains that comedians today swear too much, but can they teach him a thing or two about modern comedy and help him update his act so he can compete with the best of them?
For an old dog learning new tricks, the road to the Apollo will be littered with obstacles, both practical and emotional. But the reward will be the opportunity for Jack to feel the buzz of a live audience once again, and to finally achieve a life-long ambition.
First Cut is the critically acclaimed, eclectic documentary strand that showcases distinctive new films by up-and-coming directors.
- Production company
- Laugh track
- First broadcast
- Monday 30th July 2012 on More4 at 10pm
- Episode length
- 35 minutes
- Last repeat
- Sunday 21st July 2013 at 1:35am on C4