Beginning his comedy career in 2005 Elis James has garnered himself an impressive comedy CV, both as a solo stand-up and as part of acclaimed Welsh comedy show The Committee Meeting. Also a firm fixture on BBC Radio and BBC Wales Elis is a sought after talent.
Elis’ funny bones have seen him take four critically acclaimed solo shows to the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Beginning in 2009 with The Most Cautious Little Boy In Wales, followed by Daytripper in 2010 which also completed a national tour. Do You Remember The First Time? followed in 2011 and Speaking as Mother in 2012 with the former also embarking on a hugely successful national tour later in the year. Alongside his Edinburgh Fringe and touring success Elis has also hosted the celebrated new act showcase The Comedy Zone, starred in Best Of The Edinburgh Fest at the Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney Comedy Festivals, supported Stephen Merchant on tour and completed a sellout run at the coveted New Zealand Comedy Festival as well as regularly popping up in venues up and down the country on the comedy-circuit and a number of successful runs at noted London comedy haunt, the Soho Theatre. The results have seen Elis make quite the name for himself as an engaging storyteller, weaving Jackanory-style tales about love and life. An equally sharp gagsmith, Elis is a natural performer, endearing, candid, witty and warm.
A regular radio writer and performer, Elis has presented on Radio 1’s BBC Introducing in Wales and Rhod Gilbert’s Radio Show. He is also a regular contributor to the Tom Craine Show on BBC Bristol. He performed an excerpt of his debut solo show on BBC6 Music, at the BBC6 Music Presents gig and also performed on Sarah Millican’s Support Group for Radio 4.
More recently Elis has enjoyed radio success with his own creations, writing and starring in three series of Elis James’ Pantheon of Heroes and two series of Social Club FM both for BBC Radio Wales. It’s no surprise that BBC Wales approached Elis to star in fly on the wall documentary, The Talented following Elis’ career for nine months culminating in an hour-long episode broadcast on BBC Wales in late 2012.
Elis has been a regular writer on Channel 4’s Stand Up For The Week since 2011 and has appeared in a number of comedy shows across our television screens including 8 out of 10 Cats (Channel 4), So This is Christmas (Channel 4), Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC Three), Dave’s One Night Stand (Dave), The Rob Brydon Show (BBC2) and Live At The Comedy Store (Comedy Central).
A talented character actor, Elis starred in the acclaimed sketch show Superclump, and was a regular contributor to the Rhod Gilbert Show on BBC Radio Wales as caretaker Rex, a character from Welsh comedy show, The Committee Meeting, which he co-writes with fellow comic Chris Corcoran. The Committee Meeting was turned into a 6-part radio series for BBC Radio Wales followed by a pilot for BBC Three as part of the Feed My Funny Series in 2013 and most recently has embarked on a theatre tour throughout England and Wales this autumn. Elis has also starred in fellow comic, Isy Suttie’s sit-com for Sky Living, Miss Wright and Roisin Conaty’s Comedy Blap pilot for Channel 4.
Most recently Elis has earned the lead role in new BBC Three sit-com, Crims written by Dan Swimer and Adam Kay to be broadcast in 2014.
‘This is as riotous an hour as you’re going to get in Edinburgh, an absolute cracker of an hour’s stand-up storytelling’ Chortle ★★★★
‘This wonderful Welsh wit is always a pleasure to spend time with’ Time Out ★★★★
‘He hypnotises the audience into loving him. There’s also a laugh every ten seconds or so which overall makes it a complete joy’ Time Out
‘An intensely likable performer, he manages to get the audience to share in the heat of his unlikely passion, and you’ll be rooting for him throughout his various misadventures’ Guardian
‘Charming, impish…excruciatingly funny’ The Scotsman