Since starting at a young age, Ian Smith 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.
In 2013, his debut Edinburgh Fringe show, Anything, gained critical acclaim and a run at Soho
Theatre. His 2014 follow up, Flappable, again received rave reviews and played to sell out
crowds. In 2015, his third show, Whereabouts, was critically acclaimed, received a plethora of 4
and 5 star reviews, a nomination for the Amused Moose Comedy Award and a date at Soho
Theatre. He was also part of the hugely successful, Chortle Award nominated, Richard Gadd -
Waiting for Gaddot.
Ian has performed stand-up on BBC Three at the Fringe, appeared on BBC3 panel show Sweat
the Small Stuff and Channel 5’s The Funny Thing About… as well as being a warm-up artist for
shows including Have I Got News For You (BBC1) and Would I Lie to You (BBC1).
Alongside his stand-up career, Ian has worked on various TV projects - starting off as a lead in
BBC2 sitcom Popatron, and award-winning short film, Bonsai. He has gone on to star alongside
Katherine Parkinson in Sky comedy, Officially Special, and have a leading role in major BBC1
drama, The Ark, alongside David Threlfall. This year, Ian filmed a part in Songbird, starring Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother, Avengers), Jessica Hynes (Spaced) and Noel Clarke (Kidulthood/Adulthood).
He is also one third of iTunes top-charting podcast, The Magic Sponge, alongside Rob Beckett.
Ian also presents on The Football Republic and FullTimeDevils - two YouTube channels with over 600,000 subscribers, where his
videos have now reached over 1 million views. He has also written and starred in his own web series, Hope You Come Up Here, produced by Turtle Canyon.
“Ian Smith’s carefully crafted five-star act is one of the best you will see at the festival” ★★★★★ - The Mirror
“Skilful pacing, stylish call-backs and generally amiable quality make the time fly by” ★★★★★ - Three Weeks
“An hour of controlled madness, consistently intelligent and laugh out loud funny” ★★★★ - The Skinny
“Proper star quality” - The Guardian
“You’d do well to catch him now before his inevitable jump to the big time” - The Telegraph
“Performed enthusiastically, written with a fine eye for detail… a hugely entertaining show for all” - ThreeWeeks
“If he follows this path, the next step could be huge” - The Sunday Times
“Brilliantly structured with a veritable cat’s cradle of complex callbacks” - Chortle
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
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