BBC New Comedy Awards 2004 – Runner Up
FHM Holsten Pils Stand-Up Award 2004 – Runner Up
James Sherwood has become one of the country’s foremost comedy writers and continues to rapidy ascend the stand-up circuit. Having received the BBC Radio Entertainment writers’ bursary in 2008, James contributes the funnies to radio shows across the BBC, including The Now Show, The News Quiz and BBC7’s new topical comedy sketch show, Tilt.
As well as that, he regularly reviews the newspapers on Sky News, writes a regular blog on the Guardian website and spends most Sundays singing in a church choir, despite not actually being religious.
His debut Edinburgh show in 2006, ‘I Know What You Did Last Sunday’, was a total sell-out and was followed in similar fashion with 2007’s offering, ‘James Sherwood’s Somewhat Premature Review Of 2007’. He plans to take his third show, ‘Songs Of Music’, to the Fringe this summer.
Having originally made a name for himself on the live circuit as a topical comic, in recent years James has incorporated a number of self-penned, original comic songs into his act. Although this involves lugging a keyboard around with him, it’s worth it – songs about grammatical inaccuracies and failed nightclub courtships have had audiences literally crying with laughter.
“brilliantly conceived and very funny … Sherwood has phenomenal stage presence” The Scotsman
“his piece grammatically correcting songs is worth the ticket price along … clever, funny and will have fans singing along” Chortle
“anyone who can make a song about inflation and unemployment funny is surely worthy of your attention” **** Three Weeks
“savage satire” Sunday Times
“piercing” Evening Standard
“sharp, precise and ingenious” Chortle
Stand-up sets of between 20 and 40 minutes.
“Songs Of Music” Edinburgh Fringe 2008, Holyrood Too @ Faith
“James Sherwood’s Somewhat Premature Review Of 2007” Edinburgh Fringe 2007, Holyrood Too @ Faith
“I Know What You Did Last Sunday” Edinburgh Fringe 2006, Holyrood Tavern
“Apparently” with Andrew O’Neill, Edinburgh Fringe 2004, Underbelly
Henley Fringe 2008
TV, Radio and Writing Work
Loose Ends BBC Radio 4 January 2008 – current regular guest
Richard Bacon Show BBC Radio 5 Live April 2008 – current regular guest
Various shows (including The News Quiz, The Now Show, Tilt, Look Away Now) BBC Radio Entertainment Jan 2008 – current contracted writer
Newspaper Review Sky News Sept 2007 – current writer/performer
James Sherwood Blog Guardian Online April 2007 – current writer
Take The Mike ITV 2006 performer
Mock The Week BBC 2 / Angst Prod. 2005 writer
The Unofficial Election BBC Radio 4 May 2005 writer
The Milk Run Election Night Special BBC Radio 1 May 2005 writer/performer
The Smith Lectures BBC Radio 2 May 2005 writer/performer
Seeds Of Today Baby Cow script commission
The Milk Run BBC Radio 1 Oct 2004-Aug 2005 writer/performer
BBC Comedy Awards BBC Radio 4 2004 performer
The Sack Race BBC 2 2004 performer
Parsons & Naylor BBC Radio 2 2003 writer