Offbeat, aloof, yet delightfully likeable, James Meehan is a current rising star of the British comedy scene.
Described as brilliantly unconventional, and refreshingly nonchalant, as a stand-up, James is carving out a niche for himself as a wonderfully offbeat presence on the circuit.
In 2013 James joined Phil Ellis as a cast member and co writer on his critically acclaimed Edinburgh show “Unplanned Orphan”, and continued this relationship into 2014, on Ellis’ show ‘Funz and Gamez’. The show rapidly became a cult hit, winning the prestigious Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award Panel Prize in 2015.
“James Meehan is a presence with razor sharp timing and cutting Northern wit ” – Short.Com
Unique and intelligent material sets him apart as a stand-up, with his writing chops proven once more as one fourth of the multi-award winning sketch group Gein’s Family Giftshop, who were nominees for the Best Newcomer Award at The Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Awards in 2014. They are also winners of London Sketchfest’s Best New Sketch Act & The Audience Choice Award 2014.
Absurd in tone this quartet marry the tragic with the hilarious, as they apply their warped world vision to the hilarious subject matter of abject misery, and human tragedy.
Gein’s sketches give as much attention to their characters, situations and pacing as they do to the eventual punchline. The vast majority of sketches well exceed expectations: Gein’s Family Giftshop always goes further, theirs is absurd comedy at its absolute best.
James was invited to appear in the second series of BBC Drama Inside No. 9, after Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton saw the debut GFG show in Edinburgh. He was also commissioned with the group, to write a three-part series for BBC Radio Wales, which were hugely popular when they were transmitted during the summer of 2015.
James Meehan wrote and performed in the Chortle nominated Sky Short ‘Gein’s Family Christmas’ transmitted on Sky in December.