Sunday, 13 December 2009
While few people out there will have heard this name before, there's every chance that you're a fan of his work. James Bobin is a British writer/director/producer who has been behind some of the most successful pieces of comedy gold in the past few years.
Bobin began his career as a director and writer on the 11 O'clock show, noteworthy for being the launching point for the careers of both Ricky Gervais and Sacha Baron Cohen. He went on to co-create the now world famous Baron Cohen characters Ali G, Borat and Brüno, and wrote/directed all the episodes of Ali G in da USAiiiii.
Following on from these successes, Bobin joined forces with New Zealand duo Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement to create the highly successful Flight of the Conchords tv series. Indeed it would seem he has the midas touch at the moment.
As recognition for his work he has won awards from BAFTA and the WGA and received numerous Emmy nominations.
So what does the future hold for Bobin? Rumours suggest that he has signed on to direct his first feature films, Moon People and Jeff the Demon, the latter reportedly starring the always utterly brilliant Will Arnett.
Will these live up to his previous projects? Well clearly that's the problem with achieving such incredible success so early in your career. But whatever the case, if you haven't heard of him yet, you probably will soon enough.