biography

James Acaster is one of the most brilliant and distinctive young comedians of his generation. A whimsical master, 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 Best Show, and Best International Show Award at the 2014 New Zealand International Comedy Festival. As well as his glowing stand-up career, James is also a TV and radio regular and has secured himself as a favourite across both platforms, alongside many of his own projects.

 

James is currently on tour with ‘The Trelogy’, consisting of his last three Edinburgh Comedy Award nominated shows, ‘Recognise’, ‘Represent’ and ‘Reset’, performing three consecutive nights at each venue. James has a number of projects in development including a book he is writing inspired from his appearances of Josh Widdicombe’s Radio X show entitled, ‘James Acaster’s Classic Scrapes’.

 

James also makes things 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

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

 

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

  • Trelogy – National Tour 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