James Acaster was born in Kettering, Northamptonshire in 1985. He left school age 17 so he could play drums in a band called The Wow! Scenario with his friend Graeme. Three people, including the people in the band, liked the band. He began performing stand-up comedy in January 2008. He has been nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award five times and has appeared on Mock The Week, Have I Got News For You, Live At The Apollo and Russell Howard's Good News.
Immensely comforting - a witty and wise account of the rejuvenating effect of opening yourself up the the creativity of others. - Record CollectorLoved James Acaster's memoir / epic listicle that posits his theory that 2016 was the best year for music. His dry wit I expected, but was impressed by the real life stories of so many musicians the world over. Paints a striking picture of what it means to be a modern musician. - Edgar Wrighthonest, unaffected, poignant - and, yes, entertaining - ChortleJames is a phenomenally talented comedian and his music taste is second only to mine. - Romesh RanganathanIf, as the pundits say, comedy is like jazz then I'm against it. I didn't drill power chords and feedback techniques just to go fannying about looking for the melody. James Acaster, though, is a bit of an outlier. He's a music wonk with a sense of the ridiculous and his controversial theory that 2016 was the greatest year for music ever is off by a mere five decades. Interesting take, though. - David St. Hubbins, Spinal Tap