James Acaster was born in Kettering, Northamptonshire in 1985. James left school age 17 so he could play drums in a band called The Wow! Scenario with his friend Graeme.
3 people, including the people in the band, liked the band.
He began performing stand-up comedy in January 2008, which initially was about as successful as the aforementioned band! Starting at the Edinburgh Festival with no gigs booked, sleeping in a muddy field in 2008, moving onto a show with Josh Widdecombe and Nick Helm in 2009 where success meant 6 people turned up to a show but they got a review. Ok its said “ give this one a miss” but it was a review!! In 2010 and 2011 he was the support act to Josie Long and Milton Jones on their respective tours, and in 2011 he was actually quiet successful at the Edinburgh Festival for a change. By 2012 his Edinburgh show, Prompt, was nominated for a Best Comedy Show at the Foster’s Comedy Awards.
Over the next few years successes at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival and Edinburgh Festival had him nominated for various awards until in 2015 he won Best Breakthrough Act and Best Show at the Chortle Awards.
James’ wonderfully relaxed style and tales of day to day trivia have made in a hit on TV in shows such as Mock The Week, Have I Got News for You, Qi, Live at the Apollo, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Russell’s Howards Good News, The John Bishop Show and back alongside his comedy partner of that long forgotten first Edinburgh Festival in Josh.
James delivers relfections on life, such as how his dad lied to him as a child, what the Romans would have made of texting, as well as why he is so excited by Pancake Day his research on bread involving Ducks and Humans!
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