Appeal for up-and-coming talent to join West Norfolk comedy network

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A former professional stand-up comedian, now based in Feltwell, is hoping to develop a comedy scene and community in West Norfolk by getting aspiring comics together.

Rob James, 43, performed hundreds of gigs across the UK in the late 90s and recently hit the stage again at Bury St Edmunds’ Comedy Market in March.

He said: “My comeback gig went very well but there are few opportunities for budding comedians to take the stage in this part of the world and I’m now looking to get a group of performers and writers together to see if we can develop a local ‘scene’ and a supportive environment for new talent.

“There’s no reason why places like Downham Market, Ely, Brandon and Thetford can’t play host to regular comedy nights so I’d urge anyone, either with experience or a complete novice, to get in touch.”

The comedian has supported the likes of Ross Noble, Jonny Vegas, Reginald D Hunter and Stewart Lee in the past, but now he is looking to help others to make it by creating a network of comedians who would like to put on comedy nights.

He said: “I want to set up something like the network that I did in 1996, we did gigs all over the place and Reginald D. Hunter came out of that group.

“It’s about working together to get gigs as a group and build up a scene – when I did this in Birmingahm it was a real success.”

He added: “There’s so many people willing to do comedy gigs for free, this just helps to co-ordinate them and to make sure they get something out of it as well.

“Eventually, I would like to set up a comedy awards and competition for the area.”

Rob, who describes his style of comedy as truth-telling and revealing the hypocrisy of society, would like to provide mentoring and coaching for up-and-coming comedians.

He said: “If anyone has got the bottle to get up on stage, they deserve a bit of support.”

For more details contact Rob on 07909916770 or by email