There was some excuse about wanting to spend ‘precious time with my family.’ But fortunately he changed his mind and it was fifth time lucky for James.
‘This is nice – I’ve never won a competition for my comedy,’ said James.
The Denmead-basedfunnyman barely paused in 2014.
As well as running popular comedy clubs at Horndean and the Spinnaker Tower, he also organised – and cajoled a dozen other comics into taking part in – the four-day charity Mic, Bike and Hike from London back to Portsmouth which raised £10,000, and launched the South Coast Comedian of the Year contest to find new talent.
There were numerous gigs all over the country and he was compere on the nights Eddie Izzard performed at the first-ever Southsea Comedy Festival.
‘When I started doing this four or five years ago, there was nothing in Portsmouth apart from The Wedge’s Comedy Club and Jongleurs, but now there’s so much going on, which is great.’
In the coming year, he’s already got a busy schedule – he’s put together a show called The Hunger James, which he is about to start taking out on the road before taking it to the Edinburgh Fringe, which will be his first solo show at the prestigious festival.
And he also hopes to be part of Southsea Comedy Festival again.