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A favourite at the 2018 and 2019 Fest, Ian returns with a brand new show in 2020

Watch Ian on the NZ Comedy Gala

Ian Smith is a multi-award winning comedian, actor and writer.

UDPATE FEB 2020 : Ian Smith nominated for 2 Chortle UK Comedy Awards - Best Compere and the 'Comedy Internet Award'.

Since starting at a young age, Ian has developed a reputation as an exciting, creative comic. Mixing conversational, energetic storytelling and observations with unique set pieces and an exceptional skill for improvisation - Ian is a regular at the biggest comedy clubs in the UK.

Ian has appeared on BBC Fresh From the Fringe, BBC3 panel show Sweat the Small Stuff and Channel 5 series The Funny Thing About... He was also one third of popular Dave podcast, The Magic Sponge, alongside Rob Beckett, which has previously topped the iTunes comedy charts.

Ian’s Edinburgh Fringe shows have received critical acclaim, award-nominations and runs at Soho Theatre. In 2015 he was also part of the hugely successful, multi-award winning, Richard Gadd - Waiting for Gaddot. His fourth solo show, Snowflake, was a big success, winning an Amused Moose Comedy Award and a ThreeWeeks Editors’ Award. In 2018, Ian took his fifth solo show, Craft, to the Edinburgh Fringe - receiving further acclaim.

Ian has performed in New Zealand for the last two years – and appeared on the 2019 Best Foods Comedy Gala.


His 2019 Edinburgh Fringe show Half-Life was his most acclaimed yet (“An effortlessly brilliant stand-up show”The Scotsman) and saw Ian invited to Adelaide and Melbourne Comedy Festivals as part of Best of the Edinburgh Fest. He also made his stand-up debut on The Now Show (BBC Radio 4).

Ian is also a talented actor - starting off as a lead in BBC2 sitcom Popatron, he has gone on to star in Sky comedy Officially Special and have a leading role in major BBC1 drama, The Ark - as well as a number of supporting roles. Ian has also cemented regular writing work on The News Quiz, Newsjack and The Now Show (BBC Radio 4).


Gales of laughter”  - Ed Fest Mag

His strongest show to date” - Fringe Monkey

A thoroughly enjoyable hour” - Fest Mag

“Every element of this show is precisely placed, but Smith has hidden his comedy craftsmanship behind a front of warm bonhomie” - Chortle

Smith barely gives audience members a moment to catch their breath between jokes… A show that is sure to leave you with jokes to quote for months” - The National Student


Watch Ian on Chortle's Fast Fringe


Like Ian on Facebook: Ian Smith Comedian 
Follow Ian on Twitter: @Iansmithcomedy
Listen to Rob and Ian's podcast: The Magic Sponge
For more information about Ian visit his website: www.iansmithcomedian.co.uk


Amused Moose Comedy Award - People’s Champion Winner 2017 
Three Weeks Editors’ Award Winner 2017
Winner - Amused Moose Comedy Award 2015 (As part of Richard Gadd - Waiting for Gaddot)
Nominated - Amused Moose Comedy Award 2015 (Solo show - Whereabouts)
Runner-up - Comedy Central Funniest Student 2010
Runner-up - Leicester Square Comedian of the Year 2010
Finalist - Chortle Student Comedy Award 2008 and 2010