"The awards always have an inspiring atmosphere and are really well organised. It is a great chance to be rewarded in front of your industry peers."
Head of Subscriptions, Bauer Media
The awards will take place on Thursday, November 22 at the renowned five-star Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel, 1 Cadogan Place, London SW1X 9PY.
Rhys James is an accomplished comedian, writer and actor. At 26 he has already made numerous TV appearances, on shows such as Mock The Week (BBC2), Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central (Comedy Central), Virtually Famous (E4), Sweat the Small Stuff (BBC3), @elevenish (ITV2) and many more. He has performed five solo shows at the Edinburgh fringe to complete sell-out audiences and critical acclaim, earning his 2017 show ‘Forgives’ a spot in the British Comedy Guide’s ‘Best Reviewed Shows of the Fringe’ list. His own Radio 4 series, ‘Rhys James is…’ debuted this year. He is also known for his prolific Twitter feed which has been recommended in The Telegraph, The Sun, Huffington Post, The Poke and The Gentleman’s Journal among others.
Rhys hosts a weekly show on The Football Republic called ‘Top 10 Football F**k Ups’which garners a weekly audience of well over 150,000 viewers, as well as a weekly segment on BBC2's 'The Premier League Show' called 'Rhys's Pieces'. He has appeared on Sky’s Soccer AM, Football’s Funniest Moments, BBC1’s Football Focus, BT Sport’s Football Tonight, Absolute Radio’s Rock n Roll Football and TalkSport among others. Rhys is also in demand with many social football channels, writing scripts and featuring in videos for Spencer FC, and frequently appearing as a guest on shows for Goal, Ball Street, Sporf, Bleacher Report and more.
Charismatic, clever and self aware… Destined for great things.” The Guardian
“A cut above his humdrum peers” The Independent
“Very much a thinking stand up… On the cusp of greatness.” Evening Standard
“Sickeningly talented young stand-up… Never more than a few seconds away from another punchline.” Time Out
“One of the most buzzed about young stand-ups on the circuit. The most hilarious poetry since Tim Key.” NME
“Has star in waiting running through him like Blackpool through a stick of rock.” Beyond The Joke
18:30 | DRINKS RECEPTION
19:30 | DINNER
21:30 | CUSTOMER DIRECT AWARDS CEREMONY
23:00 | AFTER PARTY
00:30 | CARRIAGES
Classic game terrine with toasted hazelnuts, figs and quince jelly
Grilled Mediterranean vegetables with smoked aubergine puree and pomegranate molasses (V)
Roast rump of lamb, braised shoulder and caramelised onion boulanger and sprouting broccoli
Wild mushroom and celeriac wellington with grilled baby artichokes (V)
Dark chocolate mousse with a soft caramel centre, toffee ice cream
Tea/coffee and petits fours