Comedian James Acaster

6th September 2022

James Acaster is a standup comic from London. On stage, his comedy is observational, a little absurd and animated, but also really cutting. His most recent special is called Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999. This week, we’re revisiting our conversation with James from 2018. We’ll talk about the different ways comics in the US and UK develop their material and how James has struggled to bring his comedy stateside. Plus, he’ll discuss the time he genuinely believed he was in a band that could change the word, and how a near death experience led him to a career in stand-up. His third book James Acaster’s Guide to Quitting Social Media is out now.

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James Acaster is a standup comic from London. He’s appeared on a bunch of TV shows over there – Mock the Week, Taskmaster, Hypothetical and more. This past month he released his third book: James Acaster’s Guide to Quitting Social Media

On stage, his comedy is observational, a little absurd and animated, but also really cutting. His most recent special is called Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999. He had a somewhat viral clip earlier this year from the special where he calls out transphobia and so-called edgy comedians.

This week, we’re revisiting our conversation with James from 2018. When we spoke to James he’d just released his first ever Netflix Special. It’s called James Acaster: Repertoire. The special is made up of four segments – each part is an hour long live special. 

We’ll talk about the different ways comics in the US and UK develop their material and how James has struggled to bring his comedy stateside. Plus, he’ll discuss the time he genuinely believed he was in a band that could change the word, and how a near death experience led him to a career in stand-up.

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