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Rhys James

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"SICKENINGLY TALENTED YOUNG STAND UP" Time Out

"DESTINED FOR GREAT THINGS... CHARISMATIC, CLEVER AND SELF-AWARE" The Guardian

"A CUT ABOVE HIS HUMDRUM PEERS" The Independent

 

TOP 30 FUNNY PEOPLE TO FOLLOW ON TWITTER  The Telegraph 

TOP 10 FUNNY PEOPLE TO FOLLOW ON TWITTER Gentleman's Journal

TOP 20 JOKES OF THE FRINGE The Telegraph 


TIME OUT’S TOP TEN FREE FRINGE SHOWS 2013: Rhys James Prepares

AAA STAND UP, EDINBURGH 2012

PLEASANCE COMEDY RESERVE, EDINBURGH 2010

WINNER CHARLIE HARTHILL SPECIAL RESERVE 2010 
THIRD PLACE COMEDY CENTRAL'S FUNNIEST STUDENT 2010

FINALIST LAUGHING BOY NEW ACT OF THE YEAR 2010

 

The 40 funniest tweets of 2013

Top 30 funny people to follow on Twitter

 

Check out Rhys James performing his unique, comedic poetry and thoughts on his YouTube Channel

The Waiting Room: Dear John (With Jessie Cave)


Check out Rhys James's five part weekly series in preparation for Edinburgh 2014 titled Rhys James' Fringe:

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

Episode 5

Exclusive! Episode 6 in preparation for Rhys's run at Soho Theatre, February 2015.

ACTING CREDITS

Sit.Com, Avalon, Channel 4

@IAmChrisRamsey Pilot, Avalon, BBC Three 


TELEVISION

Sweat The Small Stuff (Panelist, Series 3 and 4) Talkback, BBC Three

Virtually Famous (Panelist, Series 2)  Talkback, E4

Seann Walsh’s Late Night Comedy Spectacular (Stand-up performer) BBC Three

Alex Zane’s Funny Rotten Scoundrels (Stand-up performer) Alaska TV, London Live


RADIO

Fresh From The Fringe, BBC Radio 4

The Josh Widdicombe Show, XFM

Tom Deacon’s Wednesday Night Club, BBC Radio 1

The Arts Show, BBC Radio 2

Rock ’N' Roll Football, Absolute Radio


WRITING CREDITS

Russell Howard’s Good News, Avalon/BBC3

Mock The Week (Carl Donnelly, Rob Beckett Chris Ramsey), Angst/BBC2 

8 Out Of 10 Cats (Chris Ramsey), Zeppotron/Channel 4

Chris Ramsey’s Too Much Information (pilot), Avalon/E4

@IAmChrisRamsey (pilot), Avalon/BBC3 

Luke-A-Like (pilot), Pett Productions/BBC

Mad On Chelsea, Monkey Kingdom/E4

Newzoids, Citrus/ITV1

Fat Pipes, BBC Online

I Can’t Even, Channel Flip/Youtube

 

LIVE

Rhys James Begins, Soho Theatre 2015

Rhys James: Begins, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014

Rhys James Prepares, Edinburgh Fringe 2013

AAA Stand -Up, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012
Performer

Iain Stirling: Happy To Be the Clown? Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012 
Director

Mark Smith and Rhys Jones, Leicester Comedy Festival 2011
Performer

Comedy Reserve, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2010
Performer

 

COMPETITION/AWARDS

Comedy Central’s Funniest Student 2010 (Third Place) 

Laughing Boy New Act Of The Year 2010 (Finalist)

Top 10 Free Fringe Shows 2013, Time Out

Top 20 Best Jokes of the Fringe, Telegraph

Festival’s Funniest: 60 Best One-Liners, Independent

Top 100 Jokes from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Metro

Top 30 Funny People to Follow On Twitter, Telegraph

Top 40 funniest tweets of 2013, Telegraph

The 50 funniest tweets of 2014, The Sun

10 Funniest People to Follow on Twitter, Gentleman’s Journal


PRESS

For Rhys James: Remains, Edinburgh Festival Fringe Show 2015

EdFest *****

"Seriously gifted" TVBomb ****

Time Out ****

Number One Joke for: The Guardian: Top 10 Jokes Of The Edinburgh Fringe Festival

"His accomplishments as a writer and performer make him stand out from the crowd." Veronica Lee for The Arts Desk ****

"Has star-in-waiting running through him like Blackpool runs through a stick of rock... If you want guaranteed laughs look no further" Bruce Dessau for Beyond The Joke ****

"Witty, topical, clever and undoubtedly one to watch." The Public Reviews

"Rhys is well known for being the funniest man on Twitter, but that sells short the fact that he is a frighteningly good standup comedian, at frighteningly young age... I think he could be really huge." Doc Brown for The Guardian

"A very cleverly crafted act, James does a fantastic job at presenting a multi-faceted persona... Remains is a show that operates on as many levels as you have the energy for... Remarkable performance. Remains is a show that rewards attention." Broadway Baby ****


For Rhys James: Begins, Edinburgh Festival Fringe Show 2014

Brian Logan for The Guardian

"Destined for great things... Charismatic, clever and self-aware." 

 

The Mirror

"Top 100 Jokes from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival."

 

The Scotsman ★★★★

“He has a flair that genuinely sets him apart.”

 

The Telegraph

"Edinburgh Festival 2014: The best Edinburgh Festival jokes."

 

The Independent

"Festival's funniest: 60 best Edinburgh one-liners." 

 

The Guardian

"Edinburgh comedy awards 2014: five favourites for best newcomer."

 

"The 23-year-old is a raw talent, but one who's almost certainly going places. He's the archetypal wisecracker in the Sean Lock mould, all front and mischievous energy, and has amassed quite the Twitter following thanks to his artful gag-writing."

 

The Metro

“James’s gags are 24-carat zinger, among the best at the Fringe.”

 

The Scotsman ★★★★

“Very funny”

 

Edinburgh Evening News ★★★★

“With an outstanding and seriously funny performance like this, I have no fears for the future of comedy."


Beyond the Joke ★★★★

“There has been a bit of a buzz about Rhys James in the first week of the Fringe. His debut hour, entitled Begins, feels pretty close to being just right for Edinburgh. It is a conventional stand-up set about conventional subject matter, but with enough bells and whistles to make it stand out in an increasingly crowded market with gags as good as his he doesnt need a gimmick.

 

The Independent Review ★★★★

"This is an accomplished debut from a talented performer... A cut above his humdrum peers."  

 

Chortle ★★★

"This is an accomplished hour that surely will at least be considered for a newcomer nomination."


Fresh Fringe ★★★★

"It simply feels like spending an hour with a very, very funny man... He is definitely one to keep an eye on." 


Three Weeks ★★★★

 

London is Funny

Its a promising debut from this precocious young gagsmith with a bright future ahead. 

 

Such Small Portions: Edinburgh picks 2014 Debut Hours

Probably the most reliable gagsmith on Twitter.


For Rhys James Prepares, Edinburgh Festival Fringe Show 2013 

Fest Magazine

"Applaudably sharp", "his hit rate is prodigiously high", "a bright future in comedy surely awaits" 


ThreeWeeks ★★★★★

"See this show, because by the time next year’s fringe rolls around, you’ll wish you’d seen Rhys James while the tickets were still free" 

 

Other

“…a sharp and confident comedian. His day job as performance poet was evident from the fun he has with language… It’s that febrile mind that sets him apart.” David Vass, The Corn Hall - Diss

"At 22-years-old, Rhys James is a sickeningly talented young stand-up. He’s a super-sharp writer, with a ton of smart, intricately-written jokes and stories where you’re never more than a few seconds away from another punchline." Ben Williams for TimeOut

"Next up the rather dashing and precocious young talent Rhys James had some truly great jokes which will see him prosper in no time at all."  Woodrow Whyte, Thelatest.co.uk

“Amazing skills for someone so young”  Comedy Central

“Rhys had the best one-liners of the night. Big things await. Annoyingly talented” Richard Herring

“Highly amusing” The Stage

“Entertaining performer with a flair for dark comedic imagery worthy of a seasoned script-writer” The Huddersfield Daily Examiner 

"Sharp young talent" - Time Out.

 

 

To book Rhys for voiceover work, please see his artist page on the M2M website http://www.m2mvoices.com/boys/rhys-jones

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