Carolines breakout artist: James Smith

By | July 19, 2010 at 11:28 am | 5 comments | Features | Tags: , ,

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World famous comedy venue Carolines on Broadway and Punchline Magazine have joined forces to present the Breakout Artist Comedy Series. Each Tuesday, at Carolines in New York City, an emerging stand-up comedy star will headline their own show and prove just why they’ve been quietly building a name for themselves in the national comedy scene.

And since we here at Punchline Magazine are all about exposing the best comedians – well-known or not – we’ll be profiling each comedian taking part in the Carolines series each week. So let’s get to this week’s headliner: James Smith!

James has appeared on the HBO series Flight of the Conchords, and Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham. He has performed at the Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival, and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival numerous times.

A former banking and finance lawyer, James became one of Australia’s best stand up comedians. The winner of Australian Star Quest, and the Australian Public Speaking Championship, he was selected to compete in the World Debating Championships at Princeton University.

After studying acting, and with many TV appearances to his name, he worked as a writer and performer on TV and Radio. He’s currently writing material for a new stand-up special.

Who do you think are the breakout artists of the next few years?
Jerry Seinfield, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle and Eddie Izzard.

You were a lawyer before being a stand up. Any of the skills transfer from law to comedy?
Yes, constantly manipulating the truth.

When you practiced law, ever practice any material on clients or judges?
Oh yeah! The legal profession is an absolute riot! We would laugh and laugh….. No, I’m kidding. There was no outlet for comedy in that world. They are very serious, and I can’t relate to that.

You joke a lot about your transition from life in Sydney to life in New York. What are the differences between the Australian Stand up scene, and the American, particularly New York scene?
The real difference is size. NY obviously has a larger scene due to it’s population. Essentially though, all of the same rules apply.

What’s next for James Smith?
I’m headlining Carolines this Tuesday, July 20th at 8pm. Isn’t that why we’re doing this interview?

Where will you be in a few years?
Living a palatial life in exclusive locations around the world, with my supermodel girlfriend—all due to the success of this upcoming show at Carolines on Tuesday.

Live at Gotham
James Smith – Commercials and Insecurity
www.comedycentral.com

Print this page out to get $5 off admission to James Smith’s show at Carolines on July 20. Get more ticket info here.

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