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Rhys James

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  “Charismatic, clever and self aware… Destined for great things.” The Guardian

“A cut above his humdrum peers” The Independent 

“Very much a thinking stand up… On the cusp of greatness.” Evening Standard 

“Sickeningly talented young stand-up… Never more than a few seconds away from another punchline.” Time Out

“One of the most buzzed about young stand-ups on the circuit. The most hilarious poetry since Tim Key.” NME

“Has star in waiting running through him like Blackpool through a stick of rock.” Beyond The Joke

Rhys James is an accomplished comedian, writer and actor. At 26 he has already made numerous TV appearances, on shows such as Mock The Week (BBC2), Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central (Comedy Central), Virtually Famous (E4), Sweat the Small Stuff (BBC3), @elevenish (ITV2) and many more. He has performed five solo shows at the Edinburgh fringe to complete sell-out audiences and critical acclaim, earning his 2017 show ‘Forgives’ a spot in the British Comedy Guide’s ‘Best Reviewed Shows of the Fringe’ list. His first Radio 4 series, ‘Rhys James is…’ debuted this year and he has just had another radio series commissioned for 2019. He is also known for his prolific Twitter feed which has been recommended in The Telegraph, The Sun, Huffington Post, The Poke and The Gentleman’s Journal among others.

Rhys hosts a weekly show on The Football Republic called ‘Top 10 Football F**k Ups’which garners a weekly audience of well over 150,000 viewers, as well as a weekly segment on BBC2's 'The Premier League Show' called 'Rhys's Pieces'. He has appeared on Sky’s Soccer AM, Football’s Funniest Moments, BBC1’s Football Focus, BT Sport’s Football Tonight, Absolute Radio’s Rock n Roll Football and TalkSport among others. Rhys is also in demand with many social football channels, writing scripts and featuring in videos for Spencer FC, and frequently appearing as a guest on shows for Goal, Ball Street, Sporf, Bleacher Report and more.


When Live News Goes Horribly Wrong, Crackit Productions, Channel 5

The Premier League Show: Rhys' Pieces, BBC2 

Mock The Week (Panellist) Angst Productions, BBC

@Elevenish (Core Cast) Talkback, ITV 2

Football Tonight (guest) BT Sport, BT Sport

Russell Howard's Stand Up Central (Stand up performer) Avalon, Comedy Central

Bring The Noise: The Green Room (co-host) Twenty Six 03, Sky

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

Debateable (versus Adam Hess) BBC, BBC Online

Virtually Famous (Panellist, Series 2)  Talkback, E4

Taxi Gags (guest) The Comedy Unit, Channel 4

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


The News Quiz, BBC Radio 4

Rhys James Is..., BBC Radio 4

Don't Make Me Laugh, BBC Radio 4

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


Russell Howard’s Good News, Avalon/BBC Three

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


Rhys James: Wiseboy, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017, Soho Theatre 2018

Rhys James: Forgives, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016, Soho Theatre 2017

Rhys James: Remains, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015, Soho Theatre 2016

Rhys James: Begins, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014, Soho Theatre 2015

Rhys James: Prepares, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013


Rhys James: Wiseboy 2017

"James is flip your head back, laugh out loud, clap spontaneously, elbow the stranger next to you, snort uncontrollably and pee your pants funny." EdFestMag 

 "Top of my must-see list." I Talk Telly

 “Hilarious… a young comedian going from great to better.” ShortCom ★.5

 “Fast-paced biting wit.” NineMoreThanNone 

 “this is possibly Rhys James’s best Fringe show yet … His quick wit allows him to turn any situation into a piece of comedy gold….. Rhys James is a superb comedian….. a show is a masterclass in comedy.” Theatre Weekly 

 “I’ve never seen an hour of stand-up with such a high density of laughter points. Rhys James’ sets are tightly crafted, original, and confident.” Broadway Baby 

Rhys James: Forgives 2016

British Comedy Guide's Best Reviewed Shows Of The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016

WOW24/7's Best Jokes Of The Fringe List

Telegraph’s Funniest Jokes Of The Fringe

 Guardian’s Top Jokes Of The Fringe

“Definitely one to watch.” ShortCom 

“His set brims with promise for the future.” Nouse 

“It is a wonderful introduction to who I'm sure is going to be one of the next big things.” ComedyReviewer 

“Rhys James keeps getting better. The young performer is no newcomer to his craft blending stand-up comedy and spoken work in a seamless fashion with his show Forgives... Fantastically funny, thought provoking, with a dash of filth; one of the best comedians at the Fringe performs his best show yet.” TV Bomb 

“Unique in his approach, James is everything you would want from an up and coming star: well-polished, highly intelligent – this kid is one to watch.” The Review Hub 

“His wry, reality subverting humour has ‘Next Big Thing’ written all over it.” AskMen's Top Edinburgh Festival Fringe Shows To See list

“His star is definitely rising.” One4Review 

"Can’t wait to see what the future holds for him." iTalk Telly 

"Rhys James is both entertaining and provocative for audiences of all ages. He is able to find humour in just about anything – including himself – which is a delight to see." EdFest 

"We’ve been to see Rhys James every year he’s been at the fringe, we usually make his show the first we see, he’s a very accomplished comedian and clever wordsmith." Theatre Weekly Top Ten Recommendations

Rhys James’ show is a well-crafted hour of entertainment.” What's On London ★★★★

Although just 25, by this point he is clearly comfortable on stage and delivers a joyous hour that is sure to send you out with a grin on your face.Fresh Air ★★★★

"We can't wait to see what he comes back with next year!" The Angry Microwave ★★★★

Rhys James: Remains 2015


"Seriously gifted." TV Bomb 

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." 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, 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, 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 

Rhys James: Begins 2014

"Destined for great things... Charismatic, clever and self-aware." Brian Logan, The Guardian

"Top 100 Jokes from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival." The Mirror

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

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

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

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

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

“Very funny.” The Scotsman 

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

“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.Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke 

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

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

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

Three Weeks ★★★★

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

Probably the most reliable gagsmith on Twitter. Such Small Portions

Rhys James: Prepares 2013 

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

"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." ThreeWeeks  


Other Press

"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

"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, Time Out

"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."  The Latest

“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


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