· Winner Star Quest 2001
· Winner Australasian Public Speaking Competition (comedy)
· Winner Radio Triple M Parody Competition 2001
James is one of Australia’s best live stand up comedians.
James has appeared on all of the major television network
programs: Rove Live, The Footy Show, The Fat, The Comedy Channel’s
Headliners and made countless other TV appearances.
A banking and finance lawyer by profession, James began performing
comedy and public speaking while at Law School. In 1995 he
was selected to debate in the World Debating Championships
at Princeton University, USA and again in 1996 at UCC, Ireland.
Also in 1995 he won The Australasian Public Speaking Competition
at Parliament House, Melbourne.
While practising law James decided to trade the courtroom
for the stage, and became a professional comedian. His success
was meteoric; within two months of his debut he progressed
to the national final of the “Comic of the Year”
at the Sydney Comedy Festival.
In 2001 James won Star Quest which is the most prestigious
quest of its kind in Australia. As a writer James won the
Triple M Parody Song Writing Competition and subsequently
became a permanent writer/performer at radio station Triple
M, part of the national Austereo Network.
In 2002 James performed his live show Will the real James
Smith please stand up? at the Melbourne Town Hall, in the
world renowned Melbourne International Comedy Festival, where
the best international comedians perform. This year he returned
with his new show Sex and the Smitty, which enjoyed excellent
His legal background means that he is an exceptional corporate
performer; his ability to write client specific material is
outstanding and he has performed as Host, Guest Speaker and
Comedian for numerous clients. An all-round performer, James
is also studying acting and singing.
As an international performer he has performed in the UK,
Singapore and Malaysia. In Australia he appears at all of
the major comedy clubs and theatres.
“Effortlessly makes you laugh” (The Age Melbourne)
“a winning joker” (The Daily Telegraph)
“James is a methodical, furiously intelligent thinker”
“Clever…very funny” (Drum Media)