‘I was jet lagged’ James Acaster ‘absolutely hated’ appearing on Celebrity Bake Off

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James Acaster, 36, has shared he was “jet-lagged” while appearing on the celebrity charity edition of The Great British Bake Off. The comedian admitted his hilarious participation in the programme was “the worst day of his life”, as he had never had baked before.

The star hit rock bottom while taking part in the programme two years ago as he took one look at his flapjack mixture and announced: “I wish I were dead.”

During an entire hour, viewers got to laugh as James had an existential crisis as a man who has never baked prior to the show.

The comedian, who is known for his quirky stand-up and has four comedy specials on Netflix, was not the biggest name on the series at the time.

However, he certainly went down as one of the funniest with his dry humour and self-deprecating remarks.

Opening up on his infamous turn on Bake Off’s celebrity charity edition he told Jonathan Ross: “For the worst day of my life, it was great. 

“Absolutely hated it… I was jet-lagged, hadn’t slept, never baked before. 

“Don’t know why I thought that would go well.” 

During the signature challenge, the bakers which at the time included James, Michelle Keegan, Russell Tovey and Rylan-Clarke Neal were asked to make flapjacks.

A biscuit that judge Paul Hollywood was keen to emphasise is one of the most basic things you could possibly bake.

However, it proved quite the challenge for the TV personality who called it “the worst experience” of his life. 

His flapjacks turned out the consistency of soup, and he spent most of the challenge with his head in his hands.

When the judges arrived to taste his biscuits, the comic simply said: “Started making it, had a breakdown, bon appétit.”

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Further on in the show, James also somehow managed to make scrambled egg into a supposedly sweet dessert.

He eventually served up his creation as a “deconstructed” dessert and, but despite the outside the box thinking, the judging panel was less than impressed.

And finally, for the showstopper round, he created a meringue which he passed off as “abstract art”.

“People like abstract art because it makes them feel clever,” he mused.

James has recently spoken frankly about his comedy career and has said that he may not do stand-up again.

In an interview for Vulture’s Good One podcast, he talked about giving up gigging for good.

“If someone said to me now you are never going to perform stand up again I would be glad,” he explained.

“I wouldn’t be disappointed. Right now I don’t want to do it again ever.”

James Acaster will be on The Jonathan Ross Show tonight at 9.35pm on ITV.

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