The Boiling Point Podcast

Making it Big in a Smaller Market


Introducing James Mullinger

There is truth to the idiom of the big fish in a small pond as this week’s Boiling Point guest can attest. James Mullinger was on of the UK’s hardest working stand up comedians before moving to Saint John, New Brunswick to pursue a greater quality of life. James conceded at the time that the move could probably call an end to his stand up career, as New Brunswick wasn’t a known Mecca for people in the funny business. However, with a passion for his craft and massive determination, James has been able to become one of the hottest comedians on the Canadian scene. In fact, now he has the opportunity that seemed so distant on the other side of the pond, headlining a stadium show.

James credits his Canadian success to a few of different factors. First was his choice of city. Saint John has had an emergence in the last number of years. Unlike New York or London where many would believe life was better 10 years ago, most Saint Johners say that things seem to get better every year. Secondly, James refused to give up. He took every opportunity to perform that was afforded to him because his fiery desire to be like his idols. Though he was given opportunities in the past, like hosting ‘Movie Kingdom’ a funny film review show featuring such stars as Robin Williams, and Jerry Seinfeld, he didn’t want to talk with his idols he wanted to BE THEM.

This episode of the Boiling Point is for anyone looking to be inspired to be bold and pursue his or her dreams no matter where you are.


In this episode

  • James shares his excitement over his stadium show at Harbour Station on Thursday, April 28th. Tickets are still available HERE.
  • James also introduces us to his “sidekick”, show-stealer, and son Hunter
  • James also tells us about a project he is doing with our own Greg Hemmings, “City on Fire” set to air on CBC later this year that is all about Saint John.
  • James discusses the fallacy that just because you are doing well in a small area, everyone must know who you are.
  • James discusses why you can make a “big splash” in a small city and seemingly go unnoticed in the big centers.
  • Dave links the parallels to his own journey and James’ as a “come-from-away”
  • James tells us where his boundless energy comes from.
  • He also tells us about his journey as a shy child to an outgoing performer.
  • Dave suggests that James story is a great lesson for any entrepreneur to be bold.
  • James also talks about how he was unfulfilled from his job on ‘Movie Kingdom’ as he didn’t want to talk to comedians and celebrities but he wanted to be them.
  • We also hear a joke written by our host Greg as performed by James.



- James on Twitter

- James on Facebook

- James' Website

- Tickets to James' Harbour Station Show

- James on Wikipedia

- Movie Kingdom

Direct download: BP094JamesMullinger.mp3
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