James Sherwood began his stand up career in 2002, making it through to the semi-finals of Take the Mike. By 2004 he was taking his first show to the Edinburgh Festival with Andrew O’Neill, where he also was runner-up in the prestigious BBC New Comedy Awards.
James really made his name in topical comedy, writing one-liners for commercial radio stations. During the 2005 general election campaign, his political material appeared on BBC Radio 1, 2, and 4. He has also written for Private Eye and is a frequent studio pundit on the Sky News Paper Review.
He is also a musician, mainly a classical singer, but also a pianist, composer and arranger. His vocal arrangement of the University Challenge theme tune featured in a BBC2 documentary about the TV quiz. He is a regular choral singer on the London church scene, despite not being a Christian – a contradiction he explored in his 2006 solo Edinburgh debut I Know What You Did Last Sunday. Since then he has taken a further five solo shows to the Fringe where he has become a firm favourite.
Trivia: his great-grandfather (also James Sherwood) scored the only goal in the 1914 Amateur FA Cup Final.
TV & Radio
“The Matt Lucas Awards” BBC1 – playing the piano while Shappi Khorsandi sang music hall songs.
Sky News Paper Review – Regular pundit
Richard Bacon on 5 Live – Numerous appearances on Richard’s late night show as ‘presenter’s friend’.
Regular piano-playing sidekick for Gethin Jones on his 5 Live show.
Loose Ends, Radio 4 – Various guest appearances
Performer on 4 Stands Up for Radio 4.
Arthur Smith’s guest for Radio 4 Extra
Nemone’s guest on 6 Music
Various appearances on ‘the Milk Run’ on Radio 1
Appeared on Radio 3’s Red Nose Day 2013 coverage as musicologist Jonathan Dingle
Test Match Sofa (online cricket commentary service) – writes, presents and performs countless jingles
Contract writer for BBC Radio Comedy department. Wrote for numerous shows, including News Quiz, and a Sony Award-winning series of The Now Show.
Devised, wrote for, wrote and played and sang the theme tune for I Guess That’s Why They Call It The News, Radio 4 topical panel show. 2009
Script writer for Rory Bremner for his comedy clips played on the big screens at major cricket matches, 2012
Spent a day writing songs for Duncan from Blue which he performed in the shower, as part of a Vosene promotion. 2012
What the Press say
“If you ever wondered what would happen if Bill Bailey and Marcus Brigstocke had a child…” CHORTLE
“Quite brilliant” THE SCOTSMAN
“Genuine hysterics…tears of laughter” SPOONFED
“Keeps the audience enraptured” ALLTHEFESTIVALS.COM
“Reminiscent of a young Stephen Fry” CALLTHATASHOW.COM
“If you’re a music lover, James Sherwood is the comedian for you” THREE WEEKS
“Truly inspired, laugh out loud…hilarious” THE LIST
“Savage satire” SUNDAY TIMES
“Piercing” EVENING STANDARD
“Fantastic” TIME OUT
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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