One of Britain’s youngest stand-up comedians Jacob Hulland, head boy at Shaftesbury School, is one of the hardest working performers with four shows over the Shaftesbury Fringe weekend, from June 29 to July 1.
Jake says he acts like a 55-year-old and the late greats Sir Ken Dodd and Eric Morecambe are among his influences.
Jacob, whose parents are both actors, made his debut at the inaugural Shaftesbury Fringe in 2016 but is back, now a veteran at 17 years old, writing material while studying for his A levels.
He first discovered his talent for making people laugh at school, by impersonating his teachers during a concert four years ago. He chose comedy to help him overcome his shyness and boost his confidence.
“Comedy really throws you in the deep end,” he said.
Despite his youth, he says his shows are family-friendly and older audiences appreciate his routine.
“Ken Dodd used innuendo but it was suggestive. He didn’t go all the way. I don’t like to see a comedian swearing, being negative and pessimistic. People come out to have a laugh,” he stressed.