James Smith


James Smith is one of Australia’s best live stand up comedians. He has appeared on all of the major television networks and on programs such as Rove Live, The Footy Show, The Fat and The Comedy Channel’s Headliners.

A banking and finance lawyer by profession, James Smith began performing comedy and public speaking while at Law School. In 1995 he was selected to debate in the World Debating Championships at Princeton University, USA and again in 1996 at UCC, Ireland. In 1995 he won The Australasian Public Speaking Competition at Parliament House, Melbourne.

While practicing law James Smith decided to trade the courtroom for the stage and became a professional comedian. His success was meteoric. Within two months of his debut he progressed to the national final of the 'Comic of the Year' at the Sydney Comedy Festival.

James Smith is a success ...

In 2001 James Smith won Star Quest which is the most prestigious quest of its kind in Australia. As a writer, James won the Triple M parody song writing competition and subsequently became a permanent writer/performer at radio station Triple M, part of the national Austereo Network.

In 2002 James Smith performed his live show Will the Real James Smith Please Stand Up? at the Melbourne Town Hall, in the world renowned Melbourne International Comedy Festival, where the best international comedians perform. This year he returned with his new show Sex and the Smitty, which enjoyed excellent reviews.

James Smith’s legal background makes him an exceptional corporate performer. His ability to write client specific material is outstanding and he has appeared as a host, guest speaker and comedian for numerous clients.

As an international performer, James Smith has performed in the UK, Singapore and Malaysia. In Australia he appears at all of the major comedy clubs and theatres.

Client testimonials

Effortlessly makes you laugh.

The Age, Melbourne

James is a methodical, furiously intelligent thinker.


A winning joker.

The Daily Telegraph

Clever…very funny.

Drum Media