Australian writer, poet, playwright, political philosopher, rapper and comedian James Donald Forbes McCann has been published in a variety of publications as broad as The Spectator, news.com.au, Junkee, Quadrant, Splitsider, pedestrian.tv, The Adelaide Review, Rip It Up, Huffington Post and VICE… as well as less salubrious journals like ZOO Magazine and The Australian.
As a playwright, James’ most acclaimed works to date are his hit comedy musicals The Sound of Nazis and Wolf Creek: The Musical. The superb parodies of the blockbuster movies gathered cult followings, critical acclaim, comparisons to Mel Brooks and Monty Python and a ‘Best Emerging Comedy’ award for Wolf Creek: The Musical at the Adelaide Fringe; but perhaps the crowning achievement of that show was the attendance of Greg McLean, director of Wolf Creek (the movie), who heralded James’ masterpiece as ‘hilarious and genuinely entertaining… the feel good torture porn show everyone will love.’
James is a frequent headliner on the Australian stand-up comedy circuit, where he has won several awards since reaching the state finals of prestigious comedy competition, triple j’s RAW Comedy. He sold out his 2017 and 2018 Adelaide Fringe runs, was voted by Adelaide’s comedians as the best in the city with a Best Comedian award for three years running in 2016, 2017 and 2018 in addition to picking up a gong for Best Writer in 2017 and 2018, and being crowned the 2018 Adelaide Comedian of the Year. After another sell-out Adelaide Fringe run in 2019 with Devil’s Advocate, in which the audience submits terrible ideas to James who must defend every last one of them, the prolific creator was awarded the prestigious Adelaide Fringe Weekly Award for Best Comedy for the improvised show.
James has appeared on Tonightly with Tom Ballard and The Raucous Caucus political quiz show for Adelaide’s C44 TV, and was heard as the host of Weekend Breakfast on Adelaide’s flagship Hit 107 radio station for Australia’s largest broadcaster, Southern Cross Austereo.
'doesn’t just step over the line, he tramples over it, but everyone was too busy laughing to care. His mastery of voices and accents is superb, and his rap about an Adelaide meth user will stay in your head for days. So good you’ll want to be just like him.' The Advertiser
'one liners, puns and musical numbers that have the audience in fits of hysterical laughter … I found myself doubled over with tears rolling down my face' Aussie Theatre
'slightly manic, funny and entertaining – everything you want from a show in a comedy festival!' Stage Whispers