James Cook is a professional stand-up comedian. You may have seen him opening for ‘Mock The Week’s’ Gary Delaney or ‘The Chase’s’ Paul Sinha on their national tours; at clubs such as The Glee, Komedia or Manfords, or at the Edinburgh Fringe where he’s performed 15 successful full run shows.

What An Act

His act has been described as “truly original” by radio broadcaster and author Danny Wallace. Whereas he’s been called “suave and chirpy” by that publishing powerhouse, the 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, but at 42 – he’s just glad of being described as young.

A slightly less lazy journalist said that James Cook “shows scant regard for the hackneyed conventions of stand up” (The Scotsman). Which he has 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 Cook Awards

James Cook won a Jongleurs / Spike Milligan award for being the funniest person in the Midlands in 2003. It’s been sixteen years and they haven’t asked for it back, so he’s assuming it must still be him.

From 2004 – 2010 James worked as a presenter on three commercial radio stations (none of which exist anymore). During which time he went onstage with A-ha, presented Lenny Henry with his Walk Of Fame Star; and was a guest judge on the Dancing On Ice tour at the Nottingham Arena, in front of 10,000 people. The experiences would inform the writing of his first solo Edinburgh show ‘Adventures on Air’.

He also likes board games and does shows about them.

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