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Originally from the South East of England, James now splits his time between London and Glasgow. James is a writer, professional storyteller and stand-up comedian. He delicately straddles the worlds of children's theatre and adult stand-up.
James' style is a mixture of genuine improvisation, faked improvisation, audience interaction and cracking material. In his act you will see a wide variety, from the surreal and silly to aggressive arrogance and the sickeningly twisted.
Recently, he has been finding a way to merge his children's and adult comedy into something completely unique.
In the year 2000, James reached the semi-finals of the BBC New Comedy Awards and at the Edinburgh Fringe performed two, one-man shows a day (James Campbell is Not Made of Cheese and James Campbell May Contain Traces of Nuts), both of which received five star reviews.
Last year (2002), James performed two shows a day at The Smirnoff Underbelly. He managed the accomplished feat of receiving one-star, two-star, three-star, four-star and five-star reviews, but I don't know if that says more about reviewers than his act. 75% of his shows were sold out and he recently received a bloody big cheque.
This year (2003), James has been invited to perform at the Assembly Rooms and all things being equal, that's where he'll be.
As a consequence of the Edinburgh Fringe Trade Fair, James has been booked by the Prague Festival, The Leicester Comedy Festival, The Belfast Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival and loads of other stuff.
James is now doing 15 minute spots for the Comedy Store (Leicester Square and Manchester).
Regularly gigging all over the UK and Eire, James has appeared on various radio shows including Woman's Hour, Go For It, The Fred MacAuley Show, Working Lives and Scottish Connection for the BBC, and his television appearances include BBC2's Webwise, BBC News, Scottish News, Newsround and RTE's Den2.
He has performed headline sets all over Scotland and STAMPS in Liverpool. He has performed one-man comedy shows in THE TRON THEATRE in Glasgow; THE EDEN COURT THEATRE in Inverness; THE COMIC CLUB @ BLACKFRIARS, THE MULL THEATRE; THE HARBOROUGH THEATRE & IONA VILLAGE HALL.
In London, he has headlined some really shit gigs but has now stopped doing that sort of thing.
He has performed support sets at THE BUZZ; KILL FOR A SEAT in Reading, Oxford & Ormskirk; CANVAS; The HYENA in Newcastle; THE COMEDY CAFÉ; SOHO HO; HA BLOODY HA; GASLIGHT in Peterborough; RAWHIDE in Liverpool; LAUGHING HORSE; CLIFTON COMEDY; PEAR-SHAPED; CLOCKWORK; THE CASTLE; JUST THE TONIC; AZTEC; AMOOSED MOOSE; WELLHARD; GSOH; and probably some others.
He has compered Clockwork Comedy in Hatfield and The Hyena in Newcastle.
Campbell has published four audio-books for children and won the South London
International Playwriting Festival in 1994. Campbell can provide a very competent
support or headline. He is also happy to compere when required.
should have won the Perrier." SUNDAY HERALD *****