Well, I’m back from Edinburgh. My goodness, what a week! I had such a lovely time. Did about 14 gigs, met loads of great people from all over the world, danced til daft o’clock with half of ’em, failed to win* my So You Think You’re Funny heat, and I ate a haggis.

Haggis is quite tasty! For a bit.

My stand-up improved immeasurably while I was there – but I still have so much to learn, and so many more jokes to write. I guess it’s time to start thinking about either stepping up the ambition, working harder, travelling round to do as many gigs as I can, or, alternatively, maybe giving it up entirely.

Or perhaps there’s a grey area in the middle somewhere. I’ve always been happy to plod on at my own pace but I can’t escape the fact that time’s ticking on. How long do you chase a dream, Harris? Particularly when your default speed of pursuit is “slow saunter”. Dreams move fast, man. You think you’ve grabbed one, and, whoosh! It’s off and running over the next hill.

Some dreams are worth chasing, some are not. The trick is working out which is which. That dream I had last night about the car with a hot dog oven in the glove box? Let it go. The dream about one day flying over the rainbow to Emerald City, the mystical realm of magic and music and stripey socks – hell, I’ll follow the Yellow Brick Road for that one. The comedy? We’ll see.

If I only had a brain.

In other news, Moon Shot UK was a runner up in Propeller TV’s Comedy Fest competition, judged by David Nobbs and Toby Foster amongst others, so that’s nice. Comedyfest will air on Propeller TV, Sky Channel 195, on Monday 14th September at 10pm.


*or, to put it more positively, succeeded in losing

Moon Shot UK – short film on Future Shorts

The first English moon landing goes a bit skew whiff.  Written, directed and performed by some chancer with a space suit.

Don’t know why I decided to post this today. For some reason the word “moonwalk” has been floating around my brain. Inexplicable!

I’m Playing Glastonbury


Sigh. I wish.

Still, two of my films, Moon Shot UK and Come Back are playing at the Village Screen (sited at the meeting point at the festival, one of the busiest places on the site) between 10:00 and 03:00 every day from 22-26th June. Glastonbury Festival is a complete sell out, and will be attended by 350,000 people, many of them wearing big, colourful hats.

Me and my ukelele are not invited.

New British Talent

Moon Shot UK is being screened at the BFI in London on Friday 14th and Sunday 16th of November, as part of the onedotzero festival:

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bbc film network presents a diverse selection of live action, animation and documentary shorts from the latest bright sparks and upcoming talent from the uk indie filmmaking scene.

curated and introduced by claire spencer cook from bbc film network.

approx 75 mins

tickets £6.00
fri 14 nov 14:40 nft3 book
sun 16 nov 16:00 nft3 book

james harris: moonshot uk / 01:00
johnny kelly: procrastination / 05:00
beth stratford: cheat neutral / 13:00
rob brown: shit happens / 01:00
anastasia kirillova: 50 years and a few puss kittens wiser / 09:00
tom marshall: big boy 74 / 10:00
alex bland: i dreamt of flying / 04:08
kerry mcleod: for all the tea in england / 13:00
stephen irwin: dry lips / 04:08
george wu: accordian / 04:00
jacqueline wright + alice lowe: sticks and balls / 04:00
matthew walker: operator / 02:00


There’s some great films in there, including big boy 74, made by fellow Teesside denizen Tom Marshall. And it’s lovely to be a new talent again, not four years after the last time I was new.