Showreel in excelsis

by jamesbharris

It’s been a while since I updated here, but that’s what blogs exist for isn’t it, to not update them or at least to apologize for doing so only sporadically. Memorials to good intentions, they are. Life has been busy and intense; in April I did a run of shows in Germany and, for the first time, Italy – my spring fascist tour you might call it – and a performance at one of Germany’s biggest comedy clubs, the Quatsch.

London comedy has been, as ever, tougher. I both reached and flopped in the semi-finals of the ‘Amused Moose Laugh Off’, one of the UK’s biggest comedy competitions; the audience reaction to my set, constructed as both an example and parody of contemporary UK comedy, brought to mind the old Bill Hicks line about people looking at him like dogs who’ve been shown a card trick. Pearls before swine? Friends have advised me that failing in front of this particular audience was a badge of honour, but I always think blaming the audience is small time; I should have got ‘em, I could have been a contender, or at least on some late-night Channel 4 highlights programme! Imagine! Still, it’s always weird for me though to hear that my comedy has been ‘too smart’ for an audience; I’m just talking about what interests me, not aiming to be clever, and I think audiences are always very smart things. Maybe I was just crap.

Better news arrives in the form of my fantastic new comedy showreel. Thanks so much for Ian Buckley for filming, Paula Varjack for editing, Live in Berlin for staging and all those who made it possible. I’ll be thinking this summer about what my next move for comedy is – and yes, we are still taking bookings. In the meantime, enjoy this; 2.26 minutes of distilled me; comedy whiskey, as my friend Chris likes to say.