Travels with My Father

  

Travels with My Father

Presented by British comic Jack Whitehall and his father, Michael Whitehall, Travels with my Father is a travel documentary/road trip comedy television series that debuted on Netflix. The young comedian invites his cranky, old-fashioned and stuffy father to travel with him with the aim of strengthening their bond.

The show chronicles the father's and son's trip to Southeast Asia, following a classic “gap year route.” Their itinerary embarks them on an hilarious adventure in Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia.
The series was released on Netflix on 22 September 2017. Given its success, the series has been renewed for a second series, but instead of Southeast Asia, this time the pair visit Eastern Europe.
Although Jack Whitehall is the actual comedian and the story is told from his point of view, it's his father with his cranky humour the one who steals the show. When Jack and Michael visit a temple where they focus on teaching, Jack says he has been a professor before, and is abruptly corrected by his father.
Jack: “In England, I taught for four years in a school called Abbey Grove, so I've had some teaching experience.” Michael: “He wasn't a teacher at all. He was in a sitcom, playing a teacher… And not a very good one either.”
Also, when Jack volunteered to take part in an elephant tournament competition, his father made an embarrassing remark. Luckily, Jack thought it was funny.When the curator said “the ropes lengthen during play and you'll be sitting on your crown jewels and it will be very uncomfortable,” Jack's father said, “Jack has not got very much down there, so I don't think that will be much of a problem… That went to his brother, unfortunately.”
But Michael started showing his hilarious peculiar personality even before the filming started . Jack: “He's even weird with the producers. He got this email, before we started filming, from one of the Netflix producers saying ‘would you like a stylist for the show?' Simple yes or no answer would have been fine… He sent back the weirdest email ever. It said ‘Dear Madam, I do not require a stylist. I am 77 years old. In that time I have acquired a style of my own.”
In Vietnam, they went down in History with the most hilarious dialogue a confessional has seen.
Jack: “You know that you have bottles of vodka on your cabinet that you collect? You never open them as the're there…” Michael: “They're there for decorative purposes.” Jack: “One of them is water now. Maybe more than one is water now. Me and Barnaby, on several occasions, decanted the vodka out of your bottles and replaced this with water, because we know you wouldn't drink it.” Michael: “You are such a little shi*.”
It wasn't just fun and games during their gap year trip. Michael was having a hard time adapting to the backpacker's culture at first. “I have rented this room at enormous expense, for the sole purpose of having a quiet, peaceful poo.”
Jack Whitehall is a promising stand-up comedian who also created a TV show called Bad Education. He also performed in Fresh Meat. He is known for being posh. Some of his funniest includes are below:
“I've never laughed a woman into bed, but I've laughed one out of bed many times.”
“Where does the iPhone get its vocabulary? I wish it would stop jumping to conclusions, nobody f-ing talks like that. It doesn't matter what you put into the bloody thing, you're like ‘a...n'. ‘Did you mean androgynous?' No, I meant ‘and'.”
“I used to watch this (Royal Variety Performance) every year with my family - it was a tradition. And now I'm on the stage doing it. If my dad could see me… I'm sure wherever my father is, he would be looking down on us. He's not dead… just very condescending.”
“I came here for comedy”, a heckler shouted during a gig at Warrington University, to which Whitehall replied : “No mate, you came here because you screwed up your A-levels.”
“I did a bit of charity work once on my gap year. I went and did a bit of volunteer work in a special needs school for children. Just playing games with them, football, tennis. And it does genuinely make you feel really good inside… because you always win.”

 

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