Blimey! An Englishman in Atlantic Canada
Blimey! is a Canadian television and web show that airs on Bell Aliant FibreOP TV, as well as online at www.Bellaliant.net/community
Written and created by James Mullinger, the show gives audiences insight into the life of a Stand Up Comedian touring in the great country of Canada. Joined by Producer/Director John Borbely, and sometimes fellow local comedians, James travels Atlantic Canada performing Stand Up in towns and cities, small and large.
In the Debut Season of Blimey, British stand up comedian James Mullinger has just recently moved to Atlantic Canada from London, England. Over six episodes and two specials, we follow James as he adjusts to his new life, as well as his new career. Performing in venues of all sorts, including vineyards, pubs, hockey arenas, theatres, and even the basement of a bank, James' new Stand Up career is full of ups and downs, but mostly ups!
In the Second Season of Blimey, James will further expand his Canadian experience by visiting and performing in small towns all over Atlantic Canada. After taking on the major cities of the East, James will headline the Bell Aliant Community One Comedy Tour that will take him through ten smaller towns, such as Port Elgin NB, Summerside P.E.I., and Gander NL.
In the Third Season of Blimey, we continue to follow James Mullinger, now a prominent Comedian in his home town of Saint John, as well as the rest of New Brunswick and even Atlantic Canada, as he goes big. James will showcase one of his favourite new places in Rothesay, NB, visit friends in Quebec and Ontario, and work his material in preparation for another show at The Imperial Theatre.
John Borbely is a filmmaker from Brantford, Ontario, Canada, currently living in Saint John, New Brunswick. John studied Film at Carleton University in Ottawa, while working with Rogers Local Television. There he was involved in both live and taped broadcast of sports, music concerts, and events, including The Ottawa Senators Skills Competition, Hope Volleyball Music Festival, and the AFP Ottawa Chapter Philanthropy Awards.
Since moving to Saint John, John has been working with Bell Canada, producing live broadcasts of sports, music, and events as well as producing and directing multiple shows including Blimey! An Englishman In Atlantic Canada and The Jeff Liberty Show.
John's collaboration with James reaches far beyond the award-winning TV show they produce together. John has been a Producer and Director on all of James' live stand up specials and his live concert album releases including Living The Canadian Dream which was nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award.
Throughout the first two series' of Blimey, John has also worked with comics from the east coast, Montreal, and Toronto including Canadian stand up legends such as Derek Seguin and Mark Walker as well as producing individual promotional material.
On top of co-producing and directing Blimey, John has a major role in editing, camera, and audio. He is also a musical contributor to the soundtrack of the show, and works with James to find musicians across Canada that contribute songs or write specifically for Blimey.
He is also the producer of the movie Blimey An Englishman in Atlantic Canada: Back In The UK, and is currently shooting the third season of Blimey, as well as two new shows featuring James that will be announced shortly. In June this year John was nominated for Best Director in the Canadian Comedy Awards for his work on Blimey.
James Mullinger burst onto the UK comedy scene in 2005 when he reached the finals of Jimmy Carr’s Comedy Idol, after just six months performing stand up. His performance in the final alongside Carr at The Comedy Store was filmed for Carr’s bestselling live DVD. In the subsequent 18 months he reached the finals of two other national new act competitions, appeared on a UK TV panel show and set up his own comedy club working with comedians such as Stephen Merchant, Michael McIntyre, Stewart Lee, Darrin Rose, Russell Brand and Sugar Sammy. He has also appeared on stage with Russell Peters at London’s 3,600 seater Hammersmith Apollo.
In 2012, Mullinger hosted the world’s first funny film review show ‘Movie Kingdom’ on TV channel DMAX which saw him riffing with Judd Apatow, Simon Pegg, Robin Williams and his all time hero Jerry Seinfeld. He also conducted hilarious interviews with A-list Hollywood stars such as Daniel Craig, George Clooney, Tom Cruise, Robert Downey Jnr, Cameron Diaz and many more. The aim was always to make them laugh and he rarely failed. But when he did (most famously with a miserable Anne Hathaway), it was even funnier! This led to a web series for Comedy Central which saw him appearing with Seinfeld again as well as Amy Schumer, Lewis Black, Jim Jefferies and Gina Yashere.
He is the Comedy Editor for British GQ magazine writing jokes and conceiving, writing, producing and directing high concept photo shoots and short films with the likes of Paul Rudd, Chris Rock, Garry Shandling, Owen Wilson, Jerry Seinfeld, Ricky Gervais and Julia Louis Dreyfus to name but a few. Mullinger is also an award-winning writer and has interviewed Jerry Seinfeld, Bryan Forbes, Stephen Merchant, Bobcat Goldthwait, Rachel Weisz, Scarlett Johansson and hundreds more personalities.
In 2014 he moved to Atlantic Canada with his wife and children and started playing clubs and doing corporate shows all over North America. In his first twelve months he was nominated for a Just For Laughs Best Comedy Show Award, headlined Yuk Yuks clubs, performed at numerous comedy festivals, appeared on stage with Canadian comedy legends Russell Peters, Nikki Payne, Pete Zedlacher and Derek Seguin, landed his own TV series for Bell Aliant (a faux-documentary about his life touring Canada incorporating real stand up footage with scripted scenes), appeared on CBC Radio numerous times, recorded and released his first live concert album and was the subject of a glowing article in The Montreal Gazette. He still appears on UK TV regularly and works closely with many charities raising almost half a million dollars last year to help young people in need and women who have experienced violence.