Phill Jupitus headlines the first day at the Isle of Arts Festival. Picture by Jennifer Burton.
COMEDIAN Phill Jupitus launched the Isle of Arts Festival with two hours of stand-up comedy last night (Friday).
A full house at the Festival Marquee was enthralled by Isle of Wight-born Jupitus's self-deprecating observations of parenthood and middle-aged masculinity.
In the first half, he played a dead 107-year-old actor. Asked what it was like to be dead, he said: "Well, you live on the Isle of Wight."
After the interval, he returned as Phill Jupitus, born 1962, Newport, Isle of Wight. He pointed out that he had lost five stone since his previous appearance on the Island and said it was "lovely to be back".
Tonight (Saturday) Sandy Toksvig and Steve Harley, will be among the entertainment on offer at the festival.