James Sherwood (born 26 February 1975) is a stand-up comedian, comedy writer, singer, pianist, and composer. He lives in Peckham, south London.
Born in Rochford, Essex, in 1975, Sherwood grew up in Oxford, Bristol, Essex, and London. He was a chorister in the choir of Magdalen College, Oxford, and attended Magdalen College School. As an undergraduate English student at Magdalen he became an academical clerk in the same choir.
He had a brief career in public relations and new media working on campaigns for brand including BlackBerry before starting his comedy and music career.
Sherwood was a semi-finalist in ITV's stand-up talent show Take the Mike in 2002. In 2004 he was runner-up in the BBC New Comedy Awards in 2004, and in the FHM Holsten Pils stand-up competition. In 2008 he was awarded the BBC Radio Comedy Writers Bursary.
Sherwood has performed several shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and in August 2010 he performed his latest show, One Man and his Piano. He also runs a popular residency, Piano Bar, in central London.
Andrew O'Neill and James Sherwood, apparently (2004)
I Know What You Did Last Sunday (2006)
James Sherwood's Somewhat Premature Review of 2007 (2007)
Songs of Music (2008)
At the Piano (2009)
One Man and his Piano (2010)
At the Piano - January–March 2010Hollywood Fringe Festival 2010, won "Best Comedy Show" for At the Piano
Buxton Festival Fringe 2010, nominated for "Best Individual Comedy Performance" for One Man and His Piano
Take the Mike (ITV).
40 Years of University Challenge (BBC2) - in a vocal group singing his own arrangement of the theme tune
Paper Review, Sky News - frequent appearances
Richard Bacon Show, BBC Radio 5 Live- frequent appearances
The Gethin Jones Show, BBC Radio 5 Live - regular guest
4 Stands Up (BBC Radio 4)
Loose Ends, BBC Radio 4
The Nemone Show, 6 Music
The Jon Richardson Show, 6 Music
Sherwood has written for many radio comedies, including:The News Quiz
The Now Show (winner of a Sony award)
I Guess That's Why They Call It The News
Look Away Now
Laura Solon Talking and Not Talking
Recorded for Training Purposes