James has been a professional comedian since 2003, performing all over the country at clubs such as The Glee, Jongleurs, Komedia and Manfords among others. He has a website at jamescookcomedian.com
He has performed 6 different shows across 4 Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, and is taking 2 shows to the Edinburgh Fringe this year. Always Be Rolling is an interactive comedy show about his love of board games, and Board Game Smackdown, where he hosts a game show about games.
His act has been described as "truly original" (Danny Wallace (off of the telly)), whereas he’s been called "suave and chirpy" by the world famous Bromsgrove Advertiser, and a "sarcastic raconteur" by the Leeds Metro.
For some reason, this means that he has been likened to "the future Frank Skinner" (Birmingham Metro) and "Dylan Moran’s younger brother" (The Stage). How this is possible remains a mystery.
A slightly less lazy journalist said that he "shows scant regard for the hackneyed conventions of stand-up" (The Scotsman) which, he’s been assured, is a Good Thing. His two favourite quotes are that he "destroyed my concrete belief that all comperes are twats" (eyeonmoseley.com) and that "his quick tongue and dry sense of humour kept me laughing" (BBC Tees).
James has won a Jongleurs/Spike Milligan award for Stand-up, and an NTL Award for his radio presenting.