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Arthur Smith

Award-winning Writer, Playwright, Presenter & Alternative Comedian

Arthur Smith has become one of comedy's elder statesmen: an Edinburgh Fringe stalwart and a club compere since the early days of the alternative scene. As a comedian he has played all over the country, including the Comedy Store, Jongleurs and assorted West End Theatres. His show Arthur Smith Sings Andy Williams played Edinburgh and then the Comic Strip in New York.

"All time number one compère" The Guardian

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In detail

Arthur Smith has become a regular on Radios 2 and 4, one of TV's Grumpy Old Men, and a writer whose best-known work is the World Cup play An Evening With Gary Lineker which was nominated for an Olivier Award and made into a TV film; and Live Bed Show which had a run in the West End. He has appeared in Red Dwarf, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Room 101, Have I Got News For You, They Think It's All Over, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Celebrity Countdown. He has done pieces on The Travel Show and Carlton Country and he also presented A Short History of Loft Conversions on BBC2.

What he offers you

The self-proclaimed Night Mayor of Balham ("I don't do days"), Arthur Smith has long been a regular at the Edinburgh Fringe and was reported to have turned down a lifetime achievement award from the Perrier Award organisers in 2005. He offers comedy, best described as observational with a strong flavour of the absurd, and is an expert of the one liners.

How he presents

Arthur Smith's banter is simultaneously humorous, heartfelt and highly entertaining.


He presents in English.

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  • Stand up Comedy
  • After Dinner Speaker
  • Presenter
  • Host
  • Entertainment
  • Awards


  • "The gloriously funny Arthur Smith" Time Out


  • 2009
    My Name is Daphne Fairfax: A Memoir

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