Top 47 James Acaster Quotes

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Intro-James Acaster is a writer and actor, known for We the Jury (2016), Jury Duty and Sweet Home Kettering (2014). James Acaster: ‘I’m not a big depressive but I do have my moments’ He has also written two books, James Acaster’s Classic Scrapes, consisting of true stories, most of which were originally told on Josh Widdicombe ‘s show on XFM.

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If you read James Acaster’s new book, James Acaster’s Classic Scrapes, you might think he is gaffe-prone. In a twist on the traditional gags-to-riches format, the 32-year-old stand-up has charted his life through a series of comic escapades. 

Best James Acaster Quotations List

“If you just focus on getting better, and not being the best, you have such a good time.”― James Acaster

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“People like abstract art because it makes them feel clever.”― James Acaster

“I absolutely loathe sleeping in a tent, regardless of the weather.”― James Acaster

“What if every relationship you’ve ever been in, is someone slowly figuring out they didn’t like you as much as they hoped they would?”― James Acaster

“If people are coming to see me because they like what I do on ‘Mock the Week,’ that’s great because they are coming to see me being me.”― James Acaster

“I’d say I get heckled quite a lot because I look quite like an easy target. If you’re an alpha-male and you think you’ve got something to prove to your girlfriend, I think I’m the perfect person to prove your worth.”― James Acaster

“My parents are very good examples of Christians. They are big on forgiveness.”― James Acaster

“I thought, ‘Anyone can make up a lie, but making the truth funny is really hard.’ But I actually had more problems with people believing me when I told the truth on stage.”― James Acaster

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“If a comic laughs at their own jokes, I don’t like it. They shouldn’t find it funny; they should seriously believe in this stupid thing they’re saying.”― James Acaster

“Until you get left for Mr. Bean, you don’t realise how frequently he pops up. There’s a shop two streets from my house that sells masks of his face. There’s nowhere where I’m going to go that he’s not there.”― James Acaster

“There were plenty of times before I did stand-up where I needed counselling, but I didn’t go because it would have meant I was officially ill.”― James Acaster

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“Certain celebs manage to worm their way out of the spotlight, and I won’t stand for that.”― James Acaster

“Corduroy hits the sweet spot between jeans and slacks. They’re a trouser middleman.”― James Acaster

“There’s no excuse for panel games, other TV comedy shows, or even live bills to be made up mainly of men.”― James Acaster

“I’m not a big depressive, but I have my moments.”― James Acaster

“First I stopped believing in hell, then the afterlife. Sometimes that connection is still there, and I’ll feel an impulse to pray if I’m stressed or upset.”― James Acaster

“I think I can draw both a mainstream audience and an alternative audience to my shows. I also have the ability to disappoint both.”― James Acaster

“I’m almost able to be more honest by lying. By making everything up, I’m able to say what I really want to.”― James Acaster

“Every year in Edinburgh, I end up waiting behind the curtain about to go on stage, and I have a moment of thinking, ‘No one’s told me what to do with this show. I’ve done exactly what I wanted. This is the biggest arts festival in the world, and all these people have shown up. Aren’t I lucky?’ It really is amazing.”― James Acaster

“When you’re talking about a really horrible personal thing that happened to you… and it doesn’t get laughs… I feel really exposed and like I’ve overshared with some strangers.”― James Acaster

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“I’d decided to write about stuff that I would like to hear standup about.”― James Acaster

“One of the things I figured out was that I was having good gigs when I wore jumpers. It was because I looked more like an outsider, so they expected me to talk about weird stuff rather than normal stuff.”― James Acaster

“You can play a gig as a band and not know that they hated you; with standup, after every line, you know.”― James Acaster

“I thought all good art is you doing exactly what you want to see. I didn’t realise that’s not even what I really like about art. Bands I liked weren’t doing just what they want to do: they were finding their common ground with them and me.”― James Acaster

“I’m great under pressure.”― James Acaster

“I definitely want to be as good and original as I can.”― James Acaster

“Because such a massive part of stand-up is trying and failing first, I’m not putting as much pressure on. Just going out and doing it is enough.”― James Acaster

“I thought comedians were the funny guy in the common room, not understanding that the flaws in my personality were actually the funny things about me.”― James Acaster

“Everyone was wearing jeans, so I started wearing slacks. I’d walk on, and people would laugh before I got to the mic because I looked stupid.”― James Acaster

“Every comic delves into the personal archive when their imagination runs dry.”― James Acaster

“I grew up with interesting and funny people. We made our own fun. You had to use your imagination.”― James Acaster

“I really love standup, and I really love writing standup.”― James Acaster

“If people leave the house wanting to see a comedian, they want to see someone speak out for themselves and share true stories from their life.”― James Acaster

“Ross Noble at the Leicester De Montfort Hall on his Randomist tour – it’s the only time I’ve hurt from laughing at a standup comedian.”― James Acaster

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“My mum is very funny when she wants to be.”― James Acaster

“I used to work with autistic children, and they said a lot of funny things to me.”― James Acaster

“I like touring, and I like stopping off at service stations and driving along motorways.”― James Acaster

“I know what I want to talk about, but I don’t really know what’s funny about a joke until I perform it in front of an audience.”― James Acaster

“The Rock was one of my favourite comedy characters growing up, and I still think he is. Mainly because he took himself so seriously by being ridiculous and a buffoon all the time but always took the high status.”― James Acaster

“I never liked wrestling, but I thought The Rock was brilliant, and that is a statement to how funny he is that I’d even watch a show that I didn’t like just to see him on it.”― James Acaster

“There’s not many comedy characters that make me laugh as much as The Rock does; it’s nice to have a big muscly guy being funny and stupid.”― James Acaster

“I got left for Mr. Bean. I found out a year after we split up. I opened the newspaper and there was a full-page story. No one else in the history of time has ever been left for Mr. Bean.”― James Acaster

“I left school and didn’t go to university to be in a band.”― James Acaster

“I remember being four or five, not understanding how to be funny, so just going around the house and my mum and dad’s friends, confusing adults by saying weird things.”― James Acaster

“The comic I can now never enjoy again is Bill Cosby. He was truly one of the first comedians I got into.”― James Acaster

“I’m always writing, always working.”― James Acaster

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“And that, ladies and gentlemen, sums up the Fringe. Spend a year spitting your guts out writing a show, and people forget your name as soon as they walk out.”― James Acaster

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