James' grandad, Terry Downes, became world middleweight champion in 1961. By contrast, James' school PE teacher once told him he was so unfit he'd be dead by the time he was 23. This is a heart-warming, hilarious true story about fighting and family.
“A heavyweight hour of stand-up and storytelling” **** The Guardian
“A magnificent mix of stand-up, theatre and memoir which packs a powerful punch” ***** iTalkTelly
“Compelling and poignant” **** The Scotsman
The Boxer is James' first solo comedy show. It tells the story of his world champion grandfather, Terry Downes, drawing comparison between burly boxer and frail comic. James was previously known for being one third of Fringe stalwarts and critically acclaimed sketch group BEASTS, with whom he enjoyed five sell-out years in Edinburgh and successful runs at London's prestigious Soho Theatre. He is one of the stars and writers of the BBC's Horrible Histories, and will also be appearing on screens this year in The Reluctant Landlord (Sky One) and Muzlamic (BBC).
The Guardian **** “A heavyweight hour of stand-up and storytelling”
iTalkTelly ***** “A magnificent mix of stand-up, theatre and memoir which packs a powerful punch”
The Scotman **** “Compelling and poignant”
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