British comedian James Mullinger was one of the hardest working stand ups in the UK as well as the Comedy Editor for GQ Magazine. Since moving to Canada in February 2014 he has been nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award for Best Live Solo Show and a Just For Laughs Award for Best Comedy Show. He has sold out the Imperial Theatre twice, appeared on CBC many times, produced three seasons of his own television series which follows him travelling around Canada performing comedy shows and headlined Yuk Yuk’s comedy clubs all over the country. A big budget movie had been made about his life (starring actors from Twilight, Downton Abbey and Notting Hill and comedians such as Jimmy Carr, Gilbert Gottfried, Mike Ward and Pete Zedlacher). It was described by NME as the "funniest film of the year." Watch the trailer here.
On 28th April 2016, James sold out Harbour Station Arena in Saint John, outselling Jerry Seinfeld, Iron Maiden, Def Leppard and Jeff Dunham! Come and see why James is taking Canada by storm. Click here to watch the CBC documentary film CITY ON FIRE about James' record-breaking arena show. The top U.S. comedy news website profiled Mullinger here.
Mullinger burst onto the UK comedy scene in 2005 when he reached the finals of Jimmy Carr’s Comedy Idol, after just six months performing stand up. His performance in the final alongside Carr at The Comedy Store was filmed for Carr’s bestselling live DVD. In the subsequent 18 months he reached the finals of two other national new act competitions, appeared on a UK TV panel show and set up his own comedy club working with comedians such as Stephen Merchant, Michael McIntyre, Stewart Lee, Darrin Rose, Russell Brand and Sugar Sammy. He has also appeared on stage with Russell Peters at London’s 3,600 seater Hammersmith Apollo.
In 2012, Mullinger hosted the world’s first funny film review show ‘Movie Kingdom’ on TV channel DMAX which saw him riffing with Judd Apatow, Simon Pegg, Robin Williams and his all time hero Jerry Seinfeld. He also conducted hilarious interviews with A-list Hollywood stars such as Daniel Craig, Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, George Clooney, Tom Cruise, Robert Downey Jnr, Cameron Diaz and many more. The aim was always to make them laugh and he rarely failed. But when he did (most famously with a miserable Anne Hathaway), it was even funnier! This led to a web series for Comedy Central which saw him appearing with Seinfeld again as well as Amy Schumer, Lewis Black, Jim Jefferies and Gina Yashere.
He is the Comedy Editor for British GQ magazine writing jokes and conceiving, writing, producing and directing high concept photo shoots and short films with the likes of Paul Rudd, Chris Rock, Garry Shandling, Owen Wilson, Jerry Seinfeld, Ricky Gervais and Julia Louis Dreyfus to name but a few. Mullinger is also an award-winning writer and has interviewed Jerry Seinfeld, Stephen Merchant, Richard Gere, Bobcat Goldthwait, Rachel Weisz, Scarlett Johansson and hundreds more personalities. To download a PDF of James' acclaimed interviews with Jerry Seinfeld click here and here. And you can download his cover story for GQ Magazine with Rachel Weisz here, read about his sponsorship deal with Blackberry here and his essay on iconic photographer Terence Donovan here. He has also written at length about the business of comedy including this insight into starting out in stand up, the success of the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal and this colossal feature with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Ed Helms, Simon Pegg and Matt Le Blanc which Mullinger wrote and art directed. If you would like to read more of his work, please free to email James from the contact page and he will email you PDFs of his work.
In 2014 he moved to Atlantic Canada with his wife and children and started playing clubs and doing corporate shows all over North America. In his first twelve months he was nominated for a Just For Laughs Best Comedy Show Award, headlined Yuk Yuks clubs, performed at numerous comedy festivals, appeared on stage with Canadian comedy legends Russell Peters, Nikki Payne, Pete Zedlacher and Derek Seguin, landed his own TV series for Bell Aliant (a faux-documentary about his life touring Canada incorporating real stand up footage with scripted scenes), appeared on CBC Radio numerous times, recorded and released his first live concert album and was the subject of a glowing article in The Montreal Gazette. He still appears on UK TV regularly and works closely with many charities raising almost half a million dollars last year to help young people in need and women who have experienced violence.
Ask James and he'll tell you; moving to Canada was the best thing he ever did. Read all about why in these interviews with James here, here and here. In 2015, Canada's best selling quality newspaper The Globe & Mail profiled James in a feature about his unstoppable successes since arriving in the Maritimes.