Like many an Essex boy before him, James Sherwood was raised in Oxford, Bristol, Essex, and London, went to Magdalen College, Oxford and sang in the choir. Early comedy success included being a semi-finalist in ITV’s stand-up talent show Take the Mike, being a runner-up in the BBC New Comedy Awards and the FHM Holsten Pils Comedy Final.
Having originally made a name for himself on the live circuit as a topical comic, in recent years James has incorporated a number of self-penned, original comic songs into his act.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
James contributes the funnies to radio shows across the BBC, including The Now Show, The News Quiz and BBC7.
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 ‘I Know What You Did Last Sunday’, was a total sell-out and was followed in similar fashion with ‘James Sherwood’s Somewhat Premature Review Of 2007’.
“Brilliantly conceived and very funny … Sherwood has phenomenal stage presence” The Scotsman
“Worth the ticket price alone … clever, funny and will have fans singing along” Chortle
“Savage satire” Sunday Times “Fantastic” Time Out