Jim Tavaré is an internationally acclaimed comedian and actor with a highly distinguished career. He currently works in both America & UK where he has established a strong following. Jim originally trained at RADA and went on to become one of most innovative and creative stand up comedians on the comedy circuit. On stage Jim works alongside his famous double bass, delivering “superbly dry humour” (The Daily Mail), which has entertained audiences all over the world including UK, America, China, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Holland, Sweden, The Falkland islands and on several world cruise liners including The QE2.
His massive success on the comedy circuit led to plenty of TV & Film work. Jim co-wrote and starred in ITV’s ‘The Sketch Show’ (2001-04), which won a BAFTA (Best Comedy series 2002) and was syndicated worldwide. To date, ʻThe Sketch Showʼ has been remade for audiences in seven different countries. He wrote and starred in six highly acclaimed short silent films for BBC called ‘Jim Tavaré Pictures Presents'(1995) starring alongside his partner Bassie, a larger than life double bass. This was followed by his own TV comedy sketch series ‘The Jim Tavaré Show'(1999 Ch5), a thirteen part series co-written with Ricky Gervais, who also starred. Jim has appeared on three Royal Variety Shows (1998, 1994,1992) and went on to perform at several private functions for the British Royal Family, including a private Christmas party for HRH Prince Charles at the Ritz and a Gala held at Highgrove in front of Her Majesty the Queen and thirteen Crowned Heads of State. Jim is renowned for being Prince Charles favourite comedian.
Other TV Guest appearances include:
- Des O’Connor Tonight ITV (2000,1998,1995)
- Clive Anderson Talks Back Ch 4 (1994)
- Bruce Forsyth’s Guest Night BBC (2000)
- The Jack Dee Show ITV (1995)
- Wogan BBC (1995)
- Today with Des and Mel ITV (2004,2002, 2001)
- The Comedy Network Ch 5 (1998)
- The Weakest Link Celebrity Contestant BBC (2006)
- 100 Greatest Stand-Ups Ch 4 (2007)
- The World Stands Up Comedy Central (2008)
- Last Comic Standing Season 6 Finalist NBC (2008) and many, many others
His success as a stand-up comedian spread to the United States when he became winner of ‘International Starsearch’ (USA). He went on to appear at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, which caught the attention of hit CBS show ‘Wings’ producers. He was invited to appear in an episode of the show which was specially written and based around his comedy act.He further holds the distinction of being the only overseas act ever to reach the final of NBC’s ‘Last Comic Standing’ (2008). As a finalist, he embarked on a 63 date national US tour with NBC as part of the ʻLast Comic Standing World Tourʼ. Soon he found himself in great demand for Comedy clubs, Colleges, Universities and TV & Film work all over America.
Film: His major film debut came when he played Tom the Innkeeper in ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban‘ (2004). More recently he played the dog catcher in Simon Cowells family film ‘Pudsey‘(2014). He has since made several film and television appearances, including roles on ‘Californication‘ (Showtime 2012), ‘Chuck’ (NBC), ‘Tosh'(Comedy Central 2013), ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ (ABC 2013), ‘Rabbit Fever'(2006)
Corporate Events: Jim excels in corporate entertainment and Award Presentation having performed over 1000 corporate shows in the last 15 years. He frequantly crosses the Atlantic to perform for a variety of clients across the world, including most recently; The Royal Bank of Scotland, BP, Quantas, Motorsport World Expo, Price Waterhouse Cooper, Whittard, The Hilton Colombo, Scottish and Newcastle Beers, Enron and Barings Bank.
In March 2017 Jim suffered a major car crash, which almost cost him his life. Comicus produced a highly publicised benefit show featuring many of his comedy pals in support of this special artiste. Yet in typical style Jim has bounced back to write a new theatre show ‘From Deadpan to Bedpan‘ which debuted at the Edinburgh fringe festival 2018 documenting through humour the accident and his battle to fight back.
“invoking uncanny memories of Buster Keaton, a great compliment to Jim’s superb stand-up routines”, (The Scotsman).
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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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