Jamie Campbell’s high-energy brand of stand-up comedy blends unbelievable personal stories and silly observations in an act that makes him either the dumbest smart-man or the smartest dumb-man. Known for crowd-work and improvisation, Jamie occasionally improvises his entire set based on crowd suggestions. At times dark and personal and at other times boldly moronic, Jamie tries to make every set feel like a party.
Jamie Campbell has been a stand-out for years in Chicago’s world-famous comedy scene. With the release of his debut album, Tell Me You’re Proud of Me, on Mint 400 Records, which debuted at #1 on the Amazon comedy charts, he is making waves nationally. He has been heralded as a “bombastic genius” by Dan Telfer of Comedy Central’s @midnight. Ryan Budds, producer on MTV2’s Ridiculousness, calls Jamie “one of the fastest and funniest comedians and actors I’ve ever worked with.”
A favorite on the festival circuit, Campbell was specially-selected by the sister of the late Andy Kaufman to perform in Chicago’s TBS Just For Laughs Festival. Over the past year, Jamie has appeared at the New Orleans Comedy Arts Festival, Austin’s Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, The Kansas City Improv Festival, The Cleveland Comedy Festival, The Columbus Unscripted Improv Festival, and The Big-Little Comedy Festival.
In Chicago, Jamie is a regular at Laugh Factory, and is a founding member of stand-up collective 100 Proof Comedy. In 2013, he was named Chicago’s “Best Stand-Up” in The Chicago Reader’s annual Best of Chicago issue.
One of the nation’s top improv performers, his recent appearance on Jimmy Carrane’s popular Improv Nerd podcast put him in the company of a veritable Who’s Who in the world of comedy, including Bob Odenkirk, Key & Peele, Jeff Garlin, and Broad City. He appears regularly at ComedySportz, The Annoyance, and with the anti-heroes of improv – The Stevens Family.
As an actor, Jamie had a stand-out appearance in last year’s indie feature Sex Ain’t Love. He has a starring role in the upcoming film Dirtbags from award-winning screenwriter Dale Zawada, and recently made his network television debut in NBC’s hit series Chicago Fire. You may also recognize him from his appearance in KFC’s popular #HowDoYouKFC ad campaign.
Jamie also teaches comedy classes and workshops throughout the nation, is a faculty member at The ComedySportz Theatre’s Training Center, and has taught festival workshops through The Annoyance Theatre and Columbus Unscripted. He emcees corporate events, counting many Fortune 500 Companies as prior clients and specializes in customizing comedy for private events. Additionally, you can catch Jamie’s Talk Hard podcast, the flagship show on The Rebellion Network, which releases a new episode every Tuesday, featuring interviews with interesting figures in and out of the world of entertainment!
Show Length (in mins): Between 5 and 75 minutes.
Previous Festival Experience / Awards:
named Chicago’s “Best Stand-Up” in 2013 by The Chicago Reader
member of Talk Hard – Chicago’s “Best Sketch Group” in 2013 by The Chicago Reader
full-length album – Tell Me You’re Proud of Me – debuted at #1 on the Amazon comedy charts
co-writer/director of “four play,” – named the “Best New Work in Chicago Theatre” by Broadway World in 2010
winner of Stage Left’s Drekfest in 2011 – competition to intentionally write the “world 10 minute play in the world.”
Chicago’s “Best Stand-Up Comedian” – The Chicago Reader
“…bombastic genius…” – Dan Telfer of Comedy Central’s @midnight
“…one of the fastest, funniest actors and comedians I’ve ever worked with…” – Ryan Budds of MTV’s Ridiculousness
“…a really great improviser…this guy blew me away!” – Jimmy Carrane, Improv Nerd
“…quick wit and inventive riffing…uplifting humor and big laughs…” – Teme Ring, ChicagoNow
“…killing it…” – Monique Madrid, Splitsider
“…hilarious and awesome…” – Robyn Pennacchia, The Frisky
TBS Just For Laughs Festival (Chicago, IL)
Chicago Improv Festival
New Orleans Comedy Arts Festival
Cleveland Comedy Festival
Brew-Ha-Ha Comedy Festival
Columbus Unscripted Improv Festival
Big-Little Comedy Festival
Kansas City Improv Festival
Out of Bounds Comedy Festival (2014)