Ian Smith is an award-winning comedian, actor and writer.
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 Three at the Fringe, BBC3 panel show Sweat the Small Stuff and Channel 5 series The Funny Thing About… He is also one third of 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. The show received a two week run in the main house at Soho Theatre, which was then extended. His fourth solo show, Snowflake, was critically acclaimed, winning an Amused Moose Comedy Award and a ThreeWeeks Editors’ Award. He was then invited to perform the show at New Zealand Comedy Festival.
Ian is a talented actor – 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 – as well as a number of supporting roles and his own web series’, Hope You Come Up Here and 100 Reasons to Hate.
Ian has presented on The Football Republic and FullTimeDevils – two YouTube channels with over 300,000 subscribers each, where his videos have reached over 1 million combined views.
Last year, Ian took his fifth solo show, Craft, to the Edinburgh Fringe – receiving further acclaim and selling out a London run at 2Northdown. He has also cemented regular writing work on The News Quiz and The Now Show (BBC Radio 4), written for other comedians, filmed a role in series two of BAFTA-nominated Pls Like and appeared in feature film, Alright Now.
“Fantastically funny” The Times
“Proper star quality” The Guardian
“A very funny man indeed” TimeOut
“Catch him now before his inevitable jump to the big time” The Telegraph