James headlines comedy clubs around the UK and is also highly sought after as an MC. His comedy is erudite, off the cuff and clean. He has worked all over the world from Shanghai to Slovakia, Malta to Melbourne. He turned professional after winning the Jongleurs New Act Of The Year Award in 2000.
Dowdeswell has appeared on numerous TV shows including Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC) and Extras (BBC) where he played the Count in the David Bowie episode. He also presented World Cup Round Up for Sky Sports.
James is the author of The Pub Manifesto: A Comedian Stands Up For Pubs. This was published by CAMRA Books in November 2018. It was nominated for The Guild Of British Beer Writers Award for The Long Live The Local Award for Best Book On Pubs 2019. It was name-checked as one of the best Christmas books by a comedian in The London Evening Standard.
James is in demand for corporate work as he is clean, intelligent and razor sharp with crowd work. In the last couple of years he has entertained such clients as Microsoft, Skype, JD Sports Annual Conference, Teacher’s Union Annual Conference, law firms, golf clubs and CIWA waste disposal.
James is also the leading comedian in the world on the subjects of beer, wine and pubs. He has a solo stand-up show on beer and wine and can also combine it with a wine and beer tasting. He has performed variations of this show for such clients as Pol Roger Champagne, Arrowhead Entertainment, Thresher Wine Group Annual Conference, Ram Brewery and Vinopolis Wine.
Dowdeswell is also known as the Craft Beer Comedian and is about to tour his new solo show “Beers Of A Clown.”
Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC)
Olympics Greatest Moments (BBC)
World Cup Round Up (Sky Sports)
Celebrity Deal Or No Deal with Jimmy Carr (C4)
Top Ten Moments for Goal.com (Talking Heads regular)
Jongleurs Live (Loaded TV)
The World Stands Up (Paramount)
Edinburgh and Beyond (Paramount)
Why Did The Chicken (HTV Wales)
The Wine Squad (Channel 31, Australia)
The Question (Short Film)
Somersby Cider Advert (RSA)
McDonalds Louisiana Advert
Roadrunner (BBC Pilot)
Jamie Cullum “I’m All Over It Now” Video
Rekindle (Short Film)
Chaos (Sketch Show Pilot)
Jongleurs New Act Of The Year Award in 2000.
The Guild Of British Beer Writers Award for The Long Live The Local Award for Best Book On Pubs – Nominated – 2019
““I read a chapter of his book and I think it’s great.”
“James Dowdeswell is a real master of the comedian’s craft.”
”An excellent line in comedy” The Guardian Pick Of The Week
The Guardian Pick Of The Week
“Intelligent and inventive”
**** – The List