James Dowdeswell

James Dowdeswell is a real master of the comedian’s craft.” Chortle.co.uk

 James is an imaginative storytelling comedian who combines deft stand-up with daft stories. He is a headline act at most top UK comedy clubs. His comedy has travelled as far as Shanghai, Dubai, Doha, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Phuket, Bali, France, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Australia and Singapore.

This year Dowdeswell has appeared on Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC), Celebrity Deal Or No Deal (Channel 4) and Olympics Greatest Moments (BBC). He also played The Count in Ricky Gervais’ Extras. He is currently filming in his own comedy show about wine called "James Dowdeswell - Black Belt In Wine."


Extras (BBC)

Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC)

Jimmy Carr’s Celebrity Deal Or No Deal (Channel 4)

Olympics Greatest Moments (BBC)

The World Stands Up (Paramount)

Edinburgh and Beyond (Paramount)

Roadrunner (BBC Pilot)

Jamie Cullum Video

Rekindle (Short Film)

Chaos (Sketch Show Pilot)

Why Did The Chicken (HTV Wales)

The Wine Squad – Channel 31, Australia 

James’ latest solo show – Urban Wurzel, was a hit at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival. 

"His material is top drawer" Chortle ****

He also starred in The Temps, a live sitcom about office temping, written by Sarah Bennetto, where he played the Janitor.

He is regular at both the Edinburgh Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festivals:

Doofus (The Stand 2011)

My Grandad Was A Clown And Those Are Big Shoes To Fill (The Stand 2010 &  Trades Hall, MICF 2010)

When I Grow I Want To Be Kenny Everett & Other Stories (Edinburgh, 2009)

No More Mr Nice Guy (The Underbelly 2008, Trades Hall, MICF 2009)

WINE (The Underbelly 2007)

7   (Gilded Balloon 2005)

Dowdesworld   (Pleasance Courtyard – 2003)

Dunlop & Dowdeswell  (The Underbelly – 2002)

The Big Value Show   (The Café Royal – 2001)

Reviews for his solo shows include:

“James Dowdeswell is a real master of the comedian’s craft, being able to almost seamlessly layer joke upon joke to form this wonderful and often hilarious one-man show. It is a genuine pleasure to be in the company of this master gag smith for an hour, an experience that few should really pass up.”****  Chortle

“Intelligent and inventive” **** The List

“Beautifully twee comedian James Dowdeswell is a joy to watch … the show is almost worth seeing for his Stewart Lee impression alone.” **** The Skinny

”Great fun throughout … as though we’ve all just met down the pub.” **** Three Weeks