James Acaster

James Acaster is one of the most brilliant and distinctive young comedians of his generation. He has received acclaim from around the world, including a record breaking 5 consecutive nominations for ‘Best Comedy Show’ at the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festivals and winning the 2015 Chortle Award for both Breakthrough Act and Best Show, and the Best International Show Award at the 2014 New Zealand International Comedy Festival. Earlier this year James completed a tour across the UK, Melbourne and New Zealand with ‘The Trelogy’, consisting of his last three Edinburgh Comedy Award nominated shows, ‘Recognise’, ‘Represent’ and ‘Reset’, the first of its kind, performing three consecutive nights at each venue. Most recently James released his first book, ‘Classic Scrapes’, published by Headline and inspired from his appearances on fellow comic, Josh Widdicombe’s Radio X show. ‘Classic Scrapes’ made it into the Sunday Times Bestseller List and with which, James is about to embark on a national book tour this autumn.

As well as his glowing stand-up career, James is a regular across our TV screens, having graced the likes of, amongst others; ‘Mock The Week’ (BBC Two) for which he is a regular panellist, ‘Would I Lie To You’ (BBC One), ‘8 Out Of 10 Cats’ (Channel 4), ‘Nevermind The Buzzcocks’ (BBC), ‘Alan Davies As Yet Untitled’ (Dave) and has performed stand-up on ‘Live At The Apollo’ (BBC), ‘The John Bishop Show’ (BBC), ‘Live at The Comedy Store’ (Comedy Central) and ‘Live From The BBC’ (BBC). As an actor James has popped up in BBC Three’s ‘Josh’ and completed two of his own television projects including15-part music show, ‘Sounds Random’ which is currently available to stream on BBC Three and his very own sitcom pilot ‘We The Jury’ based on his 2015 solo stand-up show, ‘Represent’ which aired last autumn on BBC Two. He’s also made several radio appearances including a regular guest spot on fellow comic Josh Widdicombe’s Radio X show and writing and presenting his own show ‘Finding’s’ for BBC Radio 4.

Earlier this year, James made the exciting trip stateside with a debut appearance on The Conan O’Brien Show for TBS and currently has a number of scripted projects in development, both in America and the UK.

James also makes thing independently, a YouTube comedy series called ‘Sweet Home Ketteringa’ and an album with his band ‘Luna Dott Raids The Bee Pigeon’ which is available on bandcamp.

 

Press Quotes:

“There’s no one better at constructing a show than Acaster” – Guardian

“This is stand-up of the highest, most playful order” – Guardian

“Stitched together and overlaid with such grace” – Telegraph

“One of comedy’s most original voices” – Evening Standard

“Comic genius” – Evening Standard

“A bright and unique comedy mind” – Chortle

“a virtuoso display of comic invention” – Chortle

“one of the most consistently brilliant and distinctive comedians of his generation” – Chortle

“He really is rewriting the comedy rulebook” – Time Out

“Continues to stun with boundless creativity and technical mastery” – The Scotsman

“If Oxford wants to study stand-up in depth, Acaster is a good place to start” – Sunday Times

“comic of his generation” – Ed Fest

“the master of storytelling, taking us on a journey that captivates while simultaneously leaving us in stitches of laughter” – Edinburgh Festivals

 

Credits:

Live

  • Classic Scrapes – National Book Tour 2017
  • Trelogy – National Tour 2017
  • Trelogy – Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017
  • Reset – National Tour 2016
  • Reset – Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016
  • Represent – National Tour 2015 – 2016
  • Represent – Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016
  • Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • New Zealand International Comedy Festival 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Latitude Festival – 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Port Eliot Festival – 2016
  • Leicester Comedy Festival – 2015, 2016
  • Recognise – National Tour 2014
  • Recognise – Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014
  • Lawnmower – National Tour 2013
  • Lawnmower – Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013
  • Prompt – National Tour 2012
  • Prompt – Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2012
  • Amongst Other Things – National Tour 2011
  • Amongst Other Things – Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011
  • Milton Jones – National Tour Support 2011
  • Lamer Tree Festival – 2011
  • Josie Long – National Tour Support 2010

 

Awards

  • Best Show (Recognise) – Chortle Awards 2015
  • Breakthrough Act – Chortle Awards 2015
  • Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Show Nominee – Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Best International Show – New Zealand Comedy Festival 2014
  • Latitude New Act Competition – 3rd place 2010
  • Off The Kerb’s Laughing Boy New Act Of The Year – 2010

 

TV

  • The Last Leg – Channel 4
  • Sunday Brunch – Channel 4
  • Would I Lie To You – BBC One
  • Conan – TBS
  • Insert Name Here – BBC Two
  • Romesh: Talking To Comedians – BBC Three
  • Live At The Palladium (ITV)
  • We The Jury (BBC Two) – writer and actor
  • Russell Howard’s Comedy Central (Comedy Central)
  • Sounds Random (BBC Three)
  • Comedy Central At The Comedy Store (Comedy Central)
  • ‘Josh’ in the role of Mike, Series 1, Episode 4 (BBC Three)
  • Live At The Apollo (BBC)
  • Live From The BBC (BBC)
  • The John Bishop Show (BBC)
  • Mock The Week (BBC)
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats (Channel 4)
  • I. (BBC)
  • Nevermind The Buzzcocks (BBC Two)
  • Room 101 (BBC)
  • Dave’s One Night Stand (Dave)
  • Alan Davies As Yet Untitled (Dave)
  • Live At The Comedy Store (Comedy Central)
  • Russell Howard’s Stand-Up Central (Comedy Central)
  • Drunk Histories (Comedy Central)
  • Russell Howards Good News (BBC Three)
  • It Was Alright in the 70s (Channel 4)
  • The Funny Thing About… (Channel 5)
  • We Have Been Watching (Gold)
  • Virtually Famous (E4)
  • Stand Up in the Street (BBC)
  • Chris Addison’s Show and Tell (E4)
  • Sweat The Small Stuff (BBCThree)
  • Twit of the Year (Channel 4)
  • 50 Funniest Moments (Channel 4)
  • Top 40 Ultimate Action Movies (Channel 5)
  • Three @ The Fringe (BBC Three)
  • Edinburgh Fest Comedy Gala (BBC Three)
  • Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live (BBC Three)
  • Big Brother’s Bit on the Side (Channel 5)
  • Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2015 Allstars Supershow (Network 10)
  • New Zealand Comedy Festival Gala (TV-2 NZ)
  • 7 Days (TV-3 NZ)
  • Best Bits (TV-1 NZ)
  • Spicks and Specks (ABC1 Australia)
  • Comedy Up Late (ABC Australia)
  • Australia Versus

 

Radio

  • James Acaster’s Findings (BBC Radio 4)
  • The Josh Widdicombe Show (XFM)
  • Susan Calman’s ‘Listomania’ (BBC Radio 2)
  • My First Gig (Resonance FM)
  • Russell Kane’s Whistlestop Tour (BBC Radio 4)
  • Radio 1’s Comedy Christmas: Roisin Conaty – What If? (BBC Radio 1)

 

CONTACT:

Chris Lander – chris@mcintyre-ents.com

Kate Watson – kate@mcintyre-ents.com