Five things you might not know about . . . James Acaster

The Kettering stand-up and Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee (times four) takes Represent on tour

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This article is from 2015.

Five things you might not know about . . . James Acaster

1. Yet another comedy drummer?
They used to say that live comedy was full of medics (Harry Hill, Paul Sinha, Simon Brodkin for three) but now it seems that the skin-slapping drumming community is all over the genre now. Todd Barry, Al Murray, Dana Carvey, Matt Lucas and now James Acaster are more than adept with the sticks. Having quit the world of education to belt merry hell out of hi-hats in a series of bands, he turned his attention to comedy by attending a course run by the Kettering Volunteer Bureau.

2. Kettering you say?
Not universally known as a hotbed of comedy (unless you get your giggle-kicks from the likes of statistician Maurice Kendall, Baptist minister Andrew Fuller, Resident Evil actress Sienna Guillory and Hugh Dennis), Kettering is indeed the original base of Mr Acaster. He paid tribute to his hometown with online mockumentary, Sweet Home Ketteringa.

3. You wouldn’t blame him if he felt paranoid
Acaster has the unenviable feat of having been nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award a record four times without winning. The most recent was last August with winner Sam Simmons referencing this scenario during his victory speech. Acaster’s early Fringe career was marked by a three-act pub gig in 2009 completed by Nick Helm and Josh Widdicombe. They’ve done pretty well for themselves in the aftermath, too.

4. His comedy hero isn’t strictly a comedian
Last October, Acaster told us that The Rock was his comedy hero. That’s semi-retired pro wrestler The Rock.

5. His family are surely James’ biggest fans
Papa Acaster once took it upon himself to take The List comedy editor firmly to task while both attended a Mike Wozniak Fringe gig. His beef appeared to be a glowing four-star review for his lad not being nudged up to five. Sometimes, comedy editors just cannot win...

James Acaster: Represent is on tour until Mon 14 Dec.

This article is from 2015.

James Acaster: Represent

  • 4 stars

As seen appearing on Russell Howard's Good News and Mock the Week so if the bigwigs like him you probably will too.

Bush Hall, London W12

Fri 20 Jan 2017

£19.25 / 020 8222 6955

Norwich Playhouse

Wed 22 Feb 2017

£16; £40 for all 3 shows / 01603 598598

O2 Academy Leicester

Thu 16 Feb 2017

£12 / 0844 477 2000

Fri 17 Feb 2017

£12 / 0844 477 2000

Comments

1. David Acaster11 Nov 2015, 5:21pm Report

Ah yes, that chat to The List comedy editor. He had written a wonderful review, really wonderful, giving four stars. Now, I am a retired schoolteacher. When I wrote any grade lower than an A on a report I was expected to say what the student could do to improve their grade.

So I asked the reviewer what made James' show four stars not five. It wasn't a beef, no really, it wasn't. I wasn't saying I'd have given five, or even four for that matter. Watching comedy was his job, and I was interested to know what his answer would be. Then I was misunderstood. Life.

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