Bound and Gagged Comedy Presents
Ian Smith: Craft
Underbelly Buttercup: 1st – 26th August: 5.15pm
Amused Moose Comedy Award – People’s Champion 2017
Three Weeks Editors’ Award 2017
Multi-award winning comedian Ian Smith brings his new show Craft to the Underbelly from the 1st – 26th August.
Ian returns with his fifth Edinburgh Fringe show to shout about confidence and companionship. The show will also feature, at long last, origami! Basically – when Ian was developing the show, there was a mistake with the sub-categories it was listed under, and now he is wholeheartedly incorporating them all. Come and see how he manages to make everything relevant.
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.
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, 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. His 2017 show, Snowflake, was his most successful yet – selling out, garnering critical praise and winning both the Amused Moose Comedy Award (People’s Champion) and a Three Weeks Editors’ Award. He was then invited to perform the show at this year’s New Zealand Comedy Festival.
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 writing for The News Quiz and The Now Show (BBC Radio 4).
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, starring David Threlfall. He has also appeared in improvised feature films, Benny and Jolene, A Wonderful Christmas Time and the forthcoming, Songbird. Ian has also written and starred in his own “smartly and tightly written” (Chortle) web series, Hope You Come Up Here, produced by Turtle Canyon.
He is also one third of iTunes top-charting podcast, The Magic Sponge, alongside Rob Beckett, and presents on The Football Republic and FullTimeDevils – two YouTube channels with over 800,000 subscribers, where his videos have reached over 1 million views.
What the press have said about Ian Smith:
“Ian Smith’s carefully crafted five-star act is one of the best you will see at the festival” ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The Mirror
“Skillful pacing, stylish call-backs and generally amiable quality make the time fly by” ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ThreeWeeks
“An hour of controlled madness, consistently intelligent and laugh out loud funny” ★ ★ ★ ★ The Skinny
“A quite brilliant hour of comedy, and one that will surely elevate him to Fringe favourite status.” ★ ★ ★ ★ Edfestmag
“A masterpiece in how to structure a show, this really is a hidden gem of the Fringe” ★ ★ ★ ★ Angry Microwave
“A riot of sprightly silliness” ★ ★ ★ ★ Chortle
“Proper star quality” The Guardian
“You’d do well to catch him now before his inevitable jump to the big time” The Telegraph
“If he follows this path, the next step could be huge” The Sunday Times
Dates: 1st – 26th August 2017 (not 13th)
Show: Ian Smith: Craft
Venue: Underbelly: Buttercup
Address: Underbelly Med Quad, Teviot Place, EH8 9AG
Price: Previews: £6.50; Weekdays: £10 (£8); Weekends: £12.50 (£10.50)
Box office: www.underbellyedinburgh.co.uk / www.edfringe.com / 0131 226 0000