Smales And Payne

Daniel Payne and James Smales are failed shoe shop salesmen turned comedic writers and double act.They have been described by Comedy Central as “one of the funniest online duos we’ve seen” and were asked by the channel to write exclusive content for their ‘hand-picked’ feature. They have half a million views on YouTube already.

Dan and James both met working in TV. Having worked as an Assistant Producer on comedy and entertainment shows, James has gained firsthand experience with the fast paced nature and challenges of the television industry. They both feel that their joint experience of working in production gives them a good understanding of the industry and helps them when writing to specific briefs.

Together they have written for TV shows such as Would I Lie To You, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Russell Howard’s Good News, stage show News Revue and BBC Radio 4’s News Quiz. As a double act they reached the semi final of the Laughing Horse New Act Competition, twice.

Their most viewed sketch on YouTube is Rebecca Black the Gameboy Game, a spoof video game of the viral song Friday. It has over 387,000 views and their YouTube channel as a whole has had over half a million. James and Dan often encounter some of life’s most taxing dilemmas so they decided to devise a sketch involving the only man they thought could help answer those questions….Stephen Fry.

The Rebecca Black sketch was actually made using Microsoft Paint, but the boys have since upgraded to Photoshop and now utilise the program for their animations as well as irreverent pictures they post on Twitter. James has a degree in Media Production, from the mighty Sunderland University and the boys know their way around most modern day filming and editing equipment.

On top of writing the boys take great care of their hair, Dan loves growing it and James is making the most of his until it eventually departs his head for good.

James and Dan are currently developing sitcom scripts and writing new sketches and jokes for TV and online.

For further information contact: Tiffany Agbeko on 0207 428 8400/ tiffany@johnnoel.com

TitleRoleDetailsChannel
Scheiffer Bates: I Con

Jan 2016

Additional Material Impressions-based prank show pilot starring YouTube star Scheiffer BatesPrincess Productions for E4
Meet the luckiest penny in the UK
1 x 2" VT
Feb 2015
WritersIn a world exclusive, a one pence piece reveals what its like at the bottom of the pile, before a chance meeting with Lotto winner Sean Lloyd transformed both their lives foreverCamelot/National Lottery for general release
John Bishop's Christmas Show
1x60'
December 2014
Additional Material An all-singing, all-dancing festive comedy spectacular filmed on stage at the Dominion Theatre in London's West End
Starring: John Bishop
Lola Entertainment for BBC1
Viral Trap
Multiple x 45'
June 2014
Additional Material Panel show revolving around comedy clips sent in by viewers
Starring: Hosted by Caroline Flack with regulars Matt Richardson and Carly Smallman
Yalli Productions for ITV2
Mug- Handpicked
1x2'
April 2013
Writers, original sketchStarring: Artists featured were "Hand-picked" by Comedy Central for their unique perspectives, humour and established fan basesComedy Central
Datey Dancing (PILOT)
1x60"
June 2013
Additional MaterialStudio based entertainment show where single bachelors throw their best moves to win a date

Starring: Eogham McDermott
TwoFour for Channel 4
The Music Show
May 2013
Additional Material Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw hosts a night of beer fuelled music entertainment where two teams of famous faces battle it out to win a funny pop-quiz all about music and memories
Starring: Nick Grimshaw
Wall to Wall for Channel4
8 Out Of 10 Cats
January-March 2013
Series 15
Additional Material Irreverent comedy panel show based on opinion polls.

Starring: Jimmy Carr, Sean Lock, Jon Richardson
Zeppotron for Channel 4
8 Out Of 10 Cats
September-December 2012
(Series 14)
Additional MaterialIrreverent Comedy Panel show based on opinion polls
Starring: Jimmy Carr, Sean Lock, Jon Richardson
Zeppotron for Channel 4
Would I Lie to You
January - March 2012
(Series 6)
Additional MaterialComedy panel show where contestants have to bluff about their deepest secrets
Starring: Rob Brydon, Lee Mack, David Mitchell
Zeppotron for Channel 4
Russell Howard's Good News
February 2010
Additional MaterialTopical comedy show hosted by Russell Howard, who offers his perspective on the biggest news stories
Starring: Russell Howard
Avalon Productions for BBC3
News Quiz
August 2009
Additional Material Satirical quiz show on the week's news
Starring: Sandi Toksvig
BBC Radio 4
News Revue June 2009 and November - December 2008 (Stage Show)Additonal MaterialStarring: Ensemble Cast including Simon Grant Canal Café & Edinburgh Fringe Festival