James Malcolm is the Taylor Swift of New Zealand comedy, because they both write about their ex boyfriends. James shocks and entertains with an explicitly detailed look into his life as a wannabe gay icon, paired with cutting pop culture observations. James started performing stand-up in 2013 as part of a high school programme called Class Comedians. He was the winner of the NZ Raw Comedy Quest in 2014, nominated for the Billy T James Award in 2016 & 2018, and won the Andrew Kovacevich Memorial Cup for Most Offensive Gag in the 2017 NZ Comedy Guild Awards.

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He bonded with the audience beautifully, opening up completely to them before throwing in a punchline that knocked the crowd out of their socks. He is less of a rising star, and more of a shining star.

Shout Out Magazine

Malcolm's set remained firmly in control, ensuring he retained agency without losing momentum - a testament to his comedic intelligence and whip-smart delivery.

NZ Herald

His often crude material has matured a refined edge that makes it more accessible to the general public, without taking away from the essence of his comedic perspective.