Breakout Aussie standup comic James McCann is touring this month

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Breakout Aussie standup comic James McCann is touring this month

James McCann tour
Words by Staff Writer

James McCann has been wowing audiences around America with his sharp humour, clever observations and dark comedic style.

This July and August he returns home for a limited run of dates in Australia’s major cities, hot off stages of the US, where he has made a significant impact touring with comedy giants Shane Gillis, Mark Normand, Matty McCuskeer, Tim Dillon and Sam Talent.

He’s appeared in front of tens of thousands of people in renowned venues in New York, Pittsburgh, Nashville and Los Angeles, as well as the iconic Joe Rogan’s Comedy Mothership club in Austin.

James McCann 2024 Australian tour dates

  • Wednesday July 10 – Adelaide – Rhino Room SOLD OUT
  • Thursday July 11 – Adelaide – Rhino Room SOLD OUT
  • Wednesday July 24 – Adelaide – Rhino Room
  • Thursday July 25 – Perth – Oasis Comedy Club
  • Wednesday July 31 – Brisbane – Sit Down Comedy Club
  • Thursday August 1 – Melbourne – Comic’s Lounge
  • Friday August 2 – Sydney – Comedy Store

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A South Australian native, his award-winning stand-up routine has taken him from the Adelaide Fringe in his hometown, to New York’s Radio City Music Hall and the massive Krypto Arena in Los Angeles. Known for his sharp humor, clever observations, and dark comedic style, McCann has a unique ability to connect with audiences everywhere, earning him a growing fanbase and a bright future on the international comedy scene.

That bite has taken chunks out of a range of issues during McCann’s performances on popular live comedy podcasts in the US such as Kill Tony, hosted by Tony Hinchcliffe and Brian Redban, and Matt and Shane’s Secret Podcast hosted by Shane Gillis and Matt McCusker.

Beginning his comedy career in Adelaide appearing at local open mic nights and comedy clubs, McCann won Adelaide Comedy’s Best Newcomer in 2009, and was named 2018 Comedian of the Year at the Adelaide Fringe, where he has appeared over 13 consecutive years. His trophies also include the Jester’s Jester Award (voted for by other comedians) for three years running from 2016 to 2018, and the Adelaide Comedy Best Writer award in 2017 and 2018.

His podcast series, The James Donald Forbes McCann Catamaran Plan is available via Spotify and features interviews, comedic monologues and discussions on various topics. James Donald Forbes McCann does not own a boat—yet! It is only a matter of time before this soon-to-be-lucrative podcast changes that sad fact. The James Donald Forbes McCann Catamaran Plan podcast exists for one reason: to generate enough money for catamaran ownership. Yes, James can see the boat now, glimmering, as though in a vision. He could almost reach out and touch it. It is a beautiful boat.

A comedian with a distinct literary bent, McCann has published two volumes of poetry titled My Money and I Have Something to Hide: Unpleasant Poems with Limited Appeal and Marlon Brandi 9/11: Beautiful Poems that Everybody Will Love. A third book of poems is on its way.

Long established as a journalist and broadcaster, James became known for his writings in Rip It Up, The Adelaide Review and national outlets including The Spectator, Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, and as well as international publications such as Splitsider and Noisey. In 2013 he co-wrote, composed and directed Wolf Creek the Musical, which won Best Emerging Comedy at the Adelaide Fringe, and from 2014-2017 he was writer and producer for Adelaide’s Hit 107 breakfast show as well as presenting the station’s weekend breakfast. TV credits include writing for ABC-TV’s Corey White’s Roadmap to Paradise and Tonightly with Tom Ballard, the latter also featuring James as a presenter.

Tickets on sale Thursday July 4 at 10am  from