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MEET A MEMBER - JAMES LONGMAN

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Meet James Longman from London who moved to LA 1 year ago to pursue Television Producing on the Late Late show with James Corden

Was there a particular reason you chose LA?
I have been working in comedy TV for several years on such shows as Friday Night Project, Big Brother’s Big Mouth, Alan Carr Chatty Man and Never Mind The Buzzcocks but got offered a role producing the guest comedy segments on The Late Late Show with James Corden. 
I have always wanted to work in the US and this was too good an opportunity to turn down. My job is to come up with ideas for and to produce sketches with celebs like Matt Damon, Ryan Reynolds, Renee Zellwegger, Ice Cube and Zach Galifianakis to name a few.

What do you miss most from home?
Other than the standard things (friends, family), I am a huge West Ham fan, so I miss going to matches to watch us (lose) every week. On March 4th, I am putting on a screening of the new West Ham documentary called ‘Iron Men’ about the move from the Boleyn Ground to The Ol…

THEATRE REVIEW: BECKETT5

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BECKETT5 REVIEW Odyssey Theatre, In Association with The KOAN Unit Beckett5- Act Without Words II, ome and Go, Catastrophe, Footfalls, Krapp’s Last Tape. Review by Catherine Siggins, for Brits in LA 30 January 2017


It seemed somehow fitting that the weather should have been suitably damp and Irish for the opening weekend of the KOAN Unit’s production of BECKETT5, a selection of 5 very different short plays by Samuel Beckett at the Odyssey Theatre. What unifies these plays is Beckett’s lifelong exploration into the Sisyphean condition of man. His characters struggle, are trapped, and repeat patterns, without really knowing why, except that one must go on, until one simply doesn’t. In “Act Without Words II”, two unspeaking figures A and B get goaded from their sleep. Each alone, they don’t interact, but go through the motions of their different lives, at times dragging the other across the floor; A, apathetically, B with energy. Glass half empty, glass half full. Then there’s “Come and Go”, …

Brits in LA Newsletter

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Greetings Britlings!

This past week I was in New York City editing my film @asst_ so being locked up in a darkened edit bay for 12 hours each day didn’t give me much room for inspiration. However I did get a chance to get out and see a couple of Broadway shows. The first was an amazing new musical called “Dear Evan Hansen” – a story of how even the smallest of lies can have the hugest impact.
It’s a wonderful show that I highly recommend and not just for the main actor Ben Platt, whose physicality and emotional journey will have you mesmerized from start to finish. I smell Tony in his future for sure. The other play I saw was the classic revival of “Sunset Boulevard” with the marvelous Glenn Close as Norma Desmond. I had never actually seen any of the previous productions. Patty Lupone originated the role in London in the summer of 1993 while Glenn got the nod for the first Stateside production, at the Schubert Theatre in Century City just a few months later, before the production mov…