James is a proud Improv Bandit, and a member of the troupe that won the inaugural World Cage Match Championship at the Chicago Improv Festival in 2002.

He was in the televised NZ Comedy Gala in 2004 and has performed with the Bandits in Belgium, Canada and the USA. He was the founding theatre manager of the Covert Theatre and now holds a PhD in Theatre. He is currently living in the UK and is a theatre lecturer at the University of Northampton in the UK and performs with the Bandits when he can including the 2015 Hawaiian Improv festival.