Ian Smith is a multi-award winning stand-up comedian, actor and writer from East Yorkshire. He has been nominated for two Chortle Awards, including Best Compere in 2020.
Ian’s Edinburgh Fringe shows have received critical acclaim, award-nominations and runs at Soho Theatre. He performed his latest show 'Crushing' at the 2023 Edinburgh Festival to huge acclaim with a number of 5 star reviews, making the shortlist for Best Show (see reviews below).
★★★★★ "There's so much to enjoy here it’s indecent. Astonishing stuff" - Fringe Monkey
★★★★★ "This unassuming but delightful comedy show, honed by a perfectionist, turns out to be just what a Fringe audience loves" - One4Review
★★★★.5 "Hilarious...sheer brilliance" - Chortle
His 2022 Edinburgh show 'Shouting and Talking' ran for a limited 3-day run before transferring to London’s Soho Theatre for a one-night special performance. And his 2019 Fringe show, ‘Half-Life’, was “an effortlessly brilliant stand-up show” (★★★★ The Scotsman) which played to sell-out crowds and is now available on Amazon's comedy streaming service 'NextUp'.
At the 2015 Edinburgh Festival he was part of the hugely successful, multi-award winning, ‘Richard Gadd – Waiting for Gaddot’. The show then had a two-week run in the main house at Soho Theatre, which was then extended. His 2017 stand-up show, ‘Snowflake’, was another big success, winning an Amused Moose Comedy Award and a ThreeWeeks Editors’ Award. He was then invited to perform the show at the New Zealand Comedy Festival. In 2018, Ian took his fifth solo show, ‘Craft’, to the Edinburgh Fringe – receiving further acclaim, touring the show in Dubai, returning to New Zealand and transferring to Soho Theatre.
As an actor he’s had lead roles in BBC2 sitcom ‘Popatron’, in Sky comedy ‘Officially Special’ alongside Katherine Parkinson and BBC One drama ‘The Ark’ also starring David Threlfall. He had a role in 2018 film ‘Songbird’ written & directed by Jamie Adams and starring Jessica Hynes, Cobie Smulders and Richard Elis. He has had a number of supporting roles in shows including ‘Pls Like’, ‘Siblings’ and Kay Mellor drama ‘The Syndicate’.
In 2023 he launched podcast 'Northern News' with fellow Hull comedian Amy Gledhill, who have made it their mission to find the most bizarre & juciest stories from their hometown of Hull and beyond.
In May 2021 Ian made his debut Radio 4 show - ‘Girl Stuck in Basketball Hoop’, a comedy documentary focusing on the genuine story of multiple teenagers getting trapped in basketball hoops in his home town of Goole.
He has also appeared on BBC3 panel show ‘Sweat the Small Stuff’, BBC Radio 4’s ‘The Now Show’ and ‘The News Quiz’. He was one third of the popular ‘Dave’ comedy football podcast ‘The Magic Sponge’ alongside Rob Beckett which has previously topped the iTunes comedy charts.
Ian is a regular writer on ‘The News Quiz’, ‘The Now Show’ and ‘Newsjack’ (all BBC Radio 4), and TV programmes, including ‘Mock the Week’. He has written two of his own web series ‘Hope You Come Up Here’ and the Chortle Award nominated ‘100 Reasons to Hate...'
Ian has a natural Yorkshire accent which he can strengthen or neutralise if he needs to.
Crushing (Stand-Up Comedy, 2023) – 'Self', Edinburgh Festival
Northern News (Podcast, 2023) – 'Self'
Ian Smith: Talking and Shouting (Theatre, 2022) – Self, Edinburgh Festival and Soho Theatre
Girl Stuck in a Basketball Hoop (Radio, 2021) – 'Narrator', BBC Radio Four
Ian Smith: Half-Life (Theatre, 2019) – 'Self', Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Ian Smith: Craft (Theatre, 2018-2019) – 'Self', Edinburgh Fringe Festival, World Tour, Soho Theatre
Pls Like (TV, 2018) – 'Ian', BBC Three, Series 2
Songbird (Film, 2018) – 'Tony'
Ian Smith: Snowflake (Theatre, 2017-2018) – 'Self', Edinburgh Fringe Festival & New Zealand Comedy Festival
Siblings (TV, 2016) – 'Pizza Guy', BBC Three, Series 2
The Ark (Film, 2015) – 'Ham', BBC One
Richard Gadd: Waiting for Gaddot (Theatre, 2015) – 'Self', Edinburgh Fringe Festival & Soho Theatre
Ian Smith: Whereabouts (Theatre, 2015) – 'Self', Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Officially Special (TV, 2013) – 'Doug Wick', Sky Living
The Syndicate (TV, 2012) – 'Wayne', BBC One, Series 1
Popatron (TV, 2010) – 'Sam', BBC Two
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