James Veitch (comedian)

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Alastair James Bruce Veitch
Residence London / New York
Nationality British
Alma mater Sarah Lawrence College, University of Aberdeen
Occupation Comedian
Website www.veitch.me

James Veitch /ˈv/ (born 1 April 1980) is an English comedian, mostly known for his humorous interactions with the authors of scam emails.


Veitch worked as a film editor on the 2006 movie Papa Joe[1] and as a digital intermediate conform artist on the 2008 movie Middle of Nowhere[2]

Veitch's first solo comedy show, "The Fundamental Interconnectedness of Everyone with an Internet Connection", debuted at Brighton Fringe in May 2014[3] as part of the arts industry showcase WINDOW,[4] and ran in August at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe[5][6]. The show concerned scam emails, Veitch's humorous responses to them and, more broadly, the nature of the Internet. "The Internet is, like much of life, full to the brim with uncertainties. On the one hand it's allowed a doctor in Dubai to perform a life-saving operation on a patient in Peking. On the other hand it's also allowed me to enroll a gerbil at Eton. I'm not sure where I stand, is basically what I'm saying."[7]

The show was described by the Sunday Herald as "Topically brilliant comedy. Tears-down-the-face funny,"[8] and by The Scotsman as containing "Near-constant belly laughs".[9]

Veitch also presents the Mashable video series ″Scamalot″ on YouTube.[10]

He has appeared on the talk show Conan twice.[11][12]

James Veitch recorded three TED talks in 2015 and 2016. One chronicles Veitch’s encounter with a supermarket chain’s marketing emails, and the other two are about scam emails.[13][14][15]

In 2018 he starred in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (Allstars Supershow).[16]

According to his TED speaker page, he lives in London with a ″full body pillow″.[17]



  1. ^ Papa Joe — Full Cast & Crew. IMDb
  2. ^ Middle of Nowhere — Full Cast & Crew. IMDb
  3. ^ "The Fundamental Interconnectedness of Everyone with an Internet Connection listing on Broadway Baby". broadwaybaby.com. 
  4. ^ "Brighton Fringe 2014 programme launch and an early doors selection". 
  5. ^ Blumenthal, Deborah (22 July 2010). "BWW Features: James Veitch & Site Specific Theatre". Broadway World. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  6. ^ "James Veitch: The Fundamental Interconnectedness of Everyone with an Internet Connection". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  7. ^ Walker, Martin (16 July 2014). "The James Veitch Three Minute Interview". Broadway Baby. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "James Veitch Gilded Balloon: Turret Until Aug 25 Four stars". The Sunday Herald. 17 August 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  9. ^ Gray, Martin (13 August 2014). "James Veitch: The Fundamental Interconnectedness of Everyone with an Internet Connection". The Scotsman. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  10. ^ ″Scamalot″
  11. ^ "James Veitch's Elaborate Wrong Number Prank". teamcoco.com. Retrieved 29 June 2018. 
  12. ^ "James Veitch Is A Terrible Roommate". teamcoco.com. Retrieved 29 June 2018. 
  13. ^ The agony of trying to unsubscribe. TEDSummit June 2016.
  14. ^ This is what happens when you reply to spam email. TEDGlobal Geneva December 2015.
  15. ^ More adventures in replying to spam. TEDSummit 2016.
  16. ^ Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Allstars Supershow (2018) — Full Cast & Crew. IMDb.
  17. ^ Veitch, James. "James Veitch | Speaker | TED". Retrieved 2018-06-26. 

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