Elis James - Do You Remember The First Time?

This article is from 2011.

Interview - Elis James

Starstruck Welsh comedian divulges secrets

Beguiling storyteller Elis James returns to the Fringe this year with a show about his earliest experiences, borrowing its title from the iconic Pulp song for Do You Remember the First Time? ‘The first time I did a few of the formative things everyone does, they went a bit wrong for me,’ admits the Welshman. ‘I wanted to tell stories I enjoyed telling so there’s an element of getting stuff off my chest combined with a pathological need to make myself look stupid in front of paying strangers.’

Among the innermost secrets that will be revealed will be reminiscences of James’ first kiss, his first time in a swimming pool and his first meeting with the sports presenter Jim Rosenthal whose son Tom will also be appearing at the Fringe this year. ‘I met Jim Rosenthal when I was about seven, and became totally starstruck and made a fool of myself. That’s understandable as I was under the age of ten, but I met him again when I was 27 and it was just as bad. He is a legend in my eyes, though, so I hope he doesn’t mind me talking about him for 15 minutes.’

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 6–29 Aug (not 18, 20), 8.15pm, £9.50–£12 (£8–£10.50). Previews until 5 Aug, £5.

Elis James: Do You Remember the First Time?

A chance encounter with a celebrity, an accident at a wedding and the good old-fashioned drunkenness of others make this show by Fringe favourite James one to remember. A regular at Britain's top comedy clubs, the Australian comedy festivals, BBC Wales Rhod Gilbert Show and with an appearance on Russell Howard's Good News…

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