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.
As a comedian, 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 top-charting Dave podcast, The Magic Sponge, alongside Rob Beckett.
In 2013, his debut Edinburgh Fringe show, Anything, received critical acclaim and a run at Soho Theatre. His 2014 follow up, Flappable, again received rave reviews and played to sell out crowds.
His 2015 Fringe 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, 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. Ian also had a part in Gaddot’s accompanying sitcom pilot.
His 2017 follow-up, Snowflake, won two awards – the Amused Moose Comedy Award People’s Champion and a Three Weeks Editors’ Award – and played to sell out rooms and critical acclaim.
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. Ian has also appeared in BBC2 sitcom Siblings, BBC1 drama The Syndicate and improvised feature films – Benny and Jolene, A Wonderful Christmas Time and Songbird. He has also released his own comedy web series, Hope You Come Up Here.
Ian also presents 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.
“Fantastically funny” – The Times
“Proper star quality” – The Guardian
“You’d do well to catch him now before his inevitable jump to the big time” – The Telegraph