James Fritz saw his first album Deflated debut at #1 on iTunes comedy in November 2010. He was named Chicago's Best Stand-Up by the Chicago Reader for 2011. Comedy.com called him one of the top 5 stand-up comedians in Chicago. The Chicago Tribune calls his comedy "a seamless blend of humor, honesty and fearlessness" and Gaper's Block describes his material as "a sort of comedy equivalent to the great, hard-drinking, hard-bitten days of country music—the Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, George Jones era—reveling in self-aware debauchery and furious at injustice." He appeared in the 2009-2012 Just For Laughs Festivals in Chicago, the 2010 "Tomorrow Never Knows" festival and has opened for such diverse performers as Doug Stanhope, Jamie Kilstein, and Eddie Pepitone, along with some awesome Chicago comics he would namedrop here but would catch too much shit for if they ever found out. Also, he has his own podcast You Could Be Dead, because that's the law.