... old enough to know better

Here Jim talks about his show on BBC Breakfast.
"MY MS & ME"
Originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4
on April 24th 2004

"...the sharpest, wittiest, cleverest, most interesting, sympathetic and inspiring man I have ever heard on radio" - Sue Arnold's original Observer review of this radio show.

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Jim Sweeney Jim Sweeney got involved in performing through the Oval House Arts Centre in London during his last year at school.
An all boys Catholic grammar school. His interest in theatre and improvisation has been kindled by a desire to explore and express the human condition through drama - and also because there were girls in the drama group.
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From those humble beginnings, he has barely sustained an adequate career. Most of his performing life has been spent improvising (or showing off).

Jim has shown off on a regular basis with his school friend,
Steve Steen. Together they have performed, in various guises, all over Europe.
For most of that time, they called themselves "The Wee Wees", which gives you some idea what the shows were like.
. . . showing off
"Bye Bye Edinburgh"
First heard on
BBC Radio 4
August 21st 2007
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Jim's on/off affair with TV came to an end many years ago. They parted soon after his appearances in the improvisation show, "Whose Line is it Anyway?" They remain good friends. Indeed, Jim has been seeing a lot of TV lately...

Theatre credits include appearances at the National Theatre and the RSC at the Swan. Although, as these were both improvisation shows, they probably don't count.

Jim's radio appearances include the utterly wonderful improvised saga on Radio 4.
The Masterson Inheritance

The cast: Josie Lawrence, Phelim McDermott, Paul Merton, Caroline Quentin, Lee Simpson and Jim Sweeney. The rumours of the existence of a never heard episode are true. Narrated by Josie, it was long lost until now.

Jim authored and appeared in
"All The Young Dudes" - two series of radio drama on the BBC

Jim's first play "Danny's Wake" in which he appeared with Steve Steen - won a Fringe First at the 1999 Edinburgh Festival. He also won the Granada Media Comedy Writing Award.
So there.
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Jim's second play
"Sick Transit" in which he appeared with Steve Steen & Stephen Frost - received rave reviews at the 2002 Edinburgh Festival.
But no awards.
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Jim also improvises occasionally with Stephen Frost, Steve Steen, Andy Smart and Richard Vranch.

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They may look smart in their suits but don't be fooled. They are nothing more than a bunch of drink ravaged show offs who can't be bothered learning lines so they just turn up and wing it.

Jim is old enough to know better.

"On Sundays and Wednesdays in London I met up with my mates, have a laugh and get paid for it. It is the best job in the world."
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Josie Lawrence & Jim Sweeney together on BBC Radio 4

T h e   L a w r e n c e   S w e e n e y   M i x
An Improvised Sketch Show

Series One: 27th February to 20th March 2007
Series Two: 29th January to 19th February 2008

"Improv fans can tune in confident that the quality remains extremely high as the two riff off suggestions from the audience, adopting a variety of outrageous accents and doing their best to make the other corpse. Cheap entertainment at its finest and no musical segments, either. Bonus." The Times

Gilded Balloon Productions

Written by:


Paul Merton
Suki Webster
Jim Sweeney
Lee Simpson
Richard Vranch.


Jim Sweeney & Steve Steen

in Woman's Hour's Comic Drama

'You'll Always Be a Part of Me'

First broadcast 6th April 06
on BBC Radio 4 FM

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n a t i o n a l   S E C U L A R   s o c i e t y

"A prayer in a public school! God has no place within these walls, just like facts have no place within organised religion".
Superintendent Chalmers in 'The Simpsons'

challenging religious privilege

Jim's Agent is Melanie Rockcliffe at TROIKA
3rd Floor 74 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1M 5QA.
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