Underbelly: Buttercup – 2nd – 27th August
After three hugely successful solo shows, award-winning comedian Ian Smith returns to the Edinburgh Fringe with his new show Snowflake at the Underbelly Buttercup at 5.15pm from 2nd – 27th August.
This is his fourth solo show. It’s about uniqueness… like everybody else’s. Ian wears two pairs of socks at all times and nearly killed a man in a sledding accident – so who better to tackle the subject?
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, 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, Chortle Award nominated, Richard Gadd – Waiting for Gaddot. The show received a two week run in the main house at Soho Theatre, which was then extended.
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…
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, alongside David Threlfall. This year, Ian filmed a part in Songbird, starring Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother), Jessica Hynes (Spaced) and Noel Clarke (Kidulthood). He has also written and starred in his own web series Hope You Come Up Here (produced by Turtle Canyon) and has written a sitcom pilot with Max Davis (writer of Parental Guidance, BBC Radio 2).
He is also one third of iTunes top-charting podcast, The Magic Sponge, alongside Rob Beckett. Ian also presents on The Football Republic and FullTimeDevils – two YouTube channels with over 600,000 subscribers, where his videos have now 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
“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
“Brilliantly structured with a veritable cat’s cradle of complex callbacks” Chortle
“A smart, well-delivered set and a thoroughly enjoyable hour” The List
Dates: 2nd – 27th August 2017 (not 16th)
Show: Ian Smith: Snowflake
Venue: Underbelly: Buttercup
Address: Underbelly Med Quad, Teviot Place, EH8 9AG
Price: Previews: £6.50; Weekdays: £10 (£8); Weekends: £12 (£10)
Box office: www.underbellyedinburgh.co.uk / www.edfringe.com