James Branch

James Branch

2006: Winner of Chortle award for best newcomer

2006: Winner of Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year

2005: Winner of the Laughing Horse new act of the year competition. Finalist in the BBC New Comedy Awards

2004: Winner of the London Comedy Festival Allstars competition

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James Branch – Original Review

Note: This review is from 2006

Review by Steve Bennett

With his blisteringly confident delivery and voiceover-quality tones, Branch finds it easy to command the respect of an audience.

Though a relative newcomer, he owns the stage like a comic with five times his experience ­ and is skilled at illustrating his fluid set with little character sketches, be it sullen teenagers taking grown-up jobs, or Neil Armstrong's bizarre speech impediment.

He employs his smart middle-class persona to good effect, and while one or two ideas slightly overstay their welcome, that's most definitely the exception rather than the rule.

The jokes are pretty good, too, and he's building up quite an arsenal of surefire routines.

It's the delivery that's dynamite, though, and his move to the professional circuit will surely be a baby step, rather than one giant leap.

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Published: 1 Jan 2006

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