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Ian SMITH (UK)

Actor, comedian, writer, podcast presenter ... catch him at The Classic this Comedy Fest.

Watch Ian on Chortle's Fast Fringe

 

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.

 

Reviews:
“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

 

Videos:
Watch Ian on Chortle's Fast Fringe

 

Online:
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

AWARDS

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