Meet our Master of Ceremonies!
James Mullinger is an award-winning writer, comedian, filmmaker and highly acclaimed inspirational and motivational speaker. He was one of the UK’s top comedians as well as a journalist, TV presenter and author. He spent fifteen years as a senior editor at GQ magazine writing about politics travel, celebrity interviews health and fitness. He has also written for The Guardian newspaper and Glamour and Men’s Health magazines.
Mullinger burst onto the UK comedy scene in 2005 when he reached the finals of Jimmy Carr’s Comedy Idol, after just six months performing stand up. His performance in the final alongside Carr at The Comedy Store was filmed for Carr’s bestselling live DVD. In the subsequent 18 months he reached the finals of two other national new act competitions, appeared on a UK TV panel show and set up his own comedy club working with comedians such as Stephen Merchant, Michael McIntyre, Stewart Lee, Darrin Rose, Russell Brand and Sugar Sammy. He has also appeared on stage with Russell Peters at London’s 3,600 seater Hammersmith Apollo.
In 2012, Mullinger hosted the world’s first funny film review show ‘Movie Kingdom’ on TV channel DMAX which saw him riffing with Judd Apatow, Simon Pegg, Robin Williams and his all time hero Jerry Seinfeld. He also conducted hilarious interviews with A-list Hollywood stars such as Daniel Craig, George Clooney, Tom Cruise, Robert Downey Jnr, Cameron Diaz and many more. The aim was always to make them laugh and he rarely failed. But when he did (most famously with a miserable Anne Hathaway), it was even funnier!
Since his arrival in New Brunswick in 2014 been taking Canada by storm. He has been nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award for Best Live OnePerson Show and a Just For Laughs Award for Best Comedy Show. Jameshas headlined at numerous comedy festivals across Canada, appeared on CBC many times, produced three seasons of his own television series, twice sold out the Imperial Theatre in Saint John and in 2016 welcomed over 5000 people to Saint John’s Harbour Station for a standing ovation show (beating Jerry Seinfeld’s attendance record in the process). This process was documented for a CBC documentary, City on Fire, which aired across Canada in September 2016 and can be watched here:
He is also the Comedy Editor for British GQ magazine writing jokes and conceiving, writing, producing and directing high concept photo shoots and short films with the likes of Paul Rudd, Chris Rock, Owen Wilson, Jerry Seinfeld, Ricky Gervais and Julia Louis Dreyfus.
In 2015 a big budget British movie has been made about his life (starring actors from Twilight, Downton Abbey and Notting Hill and headline comedians such as Jimmy Carr, Gilbert Gottfried and Mike Ward) which James co-wrote and co-produced. James also works closely with many charities and in the past five years has raised over half a million dollars for children in need and women affected by violence.