42 episodes

James Haskell is facing an existential crisis. Since retiring as an international rugby star, he has become a ubiquitous personality, shape-shifting week-to-week from elite athlete to reality TV star, DJ, podcaster, author, MMA fighter, influencer and pundit.

While James adapts to rapid-onset fatherhood, he is looking for his final form. In Haskell's opinion, the common thread running through his many post-rugby ventures is his unique brand of ‘comedy’... which brings us here.

Amuse Douche puts Hask to the test in the most brutal arena: a live stand-up set. To prepare himself, he is speaking to some of the funniest comedians, actors and writers in the country, including Russell Kane, Sindhu Vee, Lou Sanders and Ed Byrne. While picking up tips and tricks, he’ll learn all about their journeys into comedy and find out what life is really like as a stand-up. But it's not all laughs as James and his guests also tackle serious issues such as alcohol dependency, living with ADHD and struggles with self-confidence.

At the end of the series, James will take everything he's learned and get up in front of a live audience to see if he really is – or isn't – as hilarious as he says he is. Whether car crash or surprise success, the end result is sure to be compelling either way.

Amuse Douche with James Haskell Folding Pocket

    • Comedy

James Haskell is facing an existential crisis. Since retiring as an international rugby star, he has become a ubiquitous personality, shape-shifting week-to-week from elite athlete to reality TV star, DJ, podcaster, author, MMA fighter, influencer and pundit.

While James adapts to rapid-onset fatherhood, he is looking for his final form. In Haskell's opinion, the common thread running through his many post-rugby ventures is his unique brand of ‘comedy’... which brings us here.

Amuse Douche puts Hask to the test in the most brutal arena: a live stand-up set. To prepare himself, he is speaking to some of the funniest comedians, actors and writers in the country, including Russell Kane, Sindhu Vee, Lou Sanders and Ed Byrne. While picking up tips and tricks, he’ll learn all about their journeys into comedy and find out what life is really like as a stand-up. But it's not all laughs as James and his guests also tackle serious issues such as alcohol dependency, living with ADHD and struggles with self-confidence.

At the end of the series, James will take everything he's learned and get up in front of a live audience to see if he really is – or isn't – as hilarious as he says he is. Whether car crash or surprise success, the end result is sure to be compelling either way.

    Episode 10 - Dom English

    Episode 10 - Dom English

    This is the last chance for advice before James takes to the stage for his first 5 minute set. To help him he’s enlisted comedy writer Dom English for a last counsel before road-testing his very first stand-up routine.

    Dom’s worked on a staggering number of British TV staples spanning across decades, from the '90s to the '20s, including hit shows 'Big Breakfast', 'The 11 O’clock Show', '8 Out of 10 Cats' and 'The 1% Club' to name a few. He’s worked along side the likes of Jimmy Carr, Katherine Ryan, Lee Mack and now…James Haskell.

    Follow James on Twitter @jameshaskell and Instagram @jameshaskell

    • 49 min
    Episode 9 - Andrew Maxwell

    Episode 9 - Andrew Maxwell

    James welcomes into the studio fellow ‘I’m a Celeb’ contestant Andrew Maxwell. The two reminisce about their time in the jungle. Andrew discusses his roots in a turbulent Ireland and how he was already establishing himself as a stand-up at the grand age of 16.

    With over 30 years as a stand-up comedian and comedy writer Andrew offers some invaluable tips and tricks he’s learnt over his decades in the limelight.

    Follow James on Twitter @jameshaskell and Instagram @jameshaskell

    • 38 min
    Episode 8 - Larry Dean

    Episode 8 - Larry Dean

    This week James gets physical with Larry Dean. The Glaswegian comic has become well known for his high energy and physical style on stage. James wonders if that could work for him and how he would incorporate it into his set.

    Larry tells some saucy tales of his time as a pizza delivery boy and explains the value of being yourself onstage. James also gets a masterclass on dealing with hecklers and the importance in always having fun.

    Follow James on Twitter @jameshaskell and Instagram @jameshaskell

    • 37 min
    Episode 7 - Shappi Khorsandi

    Episode 7 - Shappi Khorsandi

    A familiar face on nearly every British comedy show going, Shappi Khorsandi has a staggering list of achievements to her name. From stand-up comedian to accomplished writer, from Margaret Thatcher to nude life model, Shappi bares all in a touching interview with James.

    Shappi shines a light on the darker side of the entertainment industry, fleeing Iran and her struggle with mental health. The two share tales of living life with ADHD and dealing with pressure at the top.

    This show covers topics of bulimia and mental health.

    For information, help and support on bulimia visit the website for Beat, or email and call using the details below.

    Beat: The UK’s Eating Disorder Charity - https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/

    Beat support for England: 
help@beateatingdisorders.org.uk or call free on 0808 801 0677

    Beat support for Scotland:
 Scotlandhelp@beateatingdisorders.org.uk or call free on 0808 801 0432

    Beat support for Wales:
 Waleshelp@beateatingdisorders.org.uk or call free on 0808 801 0433

    Beat support for Northern Ireland: NIhelp@beateatingdisorders.org.uk or call free on 0808 801 0434

    For more information or help regarding mental health contact Samaritans via their website https://www.samaritans.org/ or call for free on 116 123.

    • 45 min
    Episode 6 - Paul Sinha

    Episode 6 - Paul Sinha

    If anyone knows about changing hats its Paul ‘The Sinnerman’ Sinha. James traverses Paul’s life from doctor to comedian to quizzer and surgically removes any tips and hints he has to offer.

    James quizzes Paul on his trajectory from snappy one-liner comedian to story teller and on how to find his uniqueness in the world of stand-up. The two reminisce about their respective time on Mastermind and what it’s like finding the balance between being professional in two very different fields.


    Follow James on Twitter @jameshaskell and Instagram @jameshaskell

    • 48 min
    Episode 5 - Ed Byrne

    Episode 5 - Ed Byrne

    It’s important not to run before you can walk, so maybe it’s time for James to start thinking about taking his first steps into comedy.

    Who better to guide him than seasoned pro Ed Byrne, with over twenty years as a comedian, he offers James some words of wisdom that he’s learnt over his many years in the limelight. From MCing student karaoke nights to making it big Down Under, Ed certainly has a range of skills for any audience, big or small.

    Ed gives James a lesson on formulation, structure and crowd control. Also provides a word of caution around tackling tricky and controversial subjects.

    Follow James on Twitter @jameshaskell and Instagram @jameshaskell

    • 52 min

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