“I’m looking forward to going to Mother India Restaurant – then going to a steam room the next day and smelling curry getting released from my pores and the other people in the steam room looking confused.”
WHO: Ian Smith: Performer
WHAT: “Multi award-winning comedian Ian Smith (BBC3’s Sweat the Small Stuff, Dave’s The Magic Sponge podcast) returns with his sixth solo show. It’s part one of a one-part show about halves, love and a holiday to Chernobyl. It will include theatrical techniques such as shouting and moving around. Amused Moose Comedy Award and ThreeWeeks Editors’ Award Winner 2017. ‘Catch him now before his inevitable jump to the big time’ (Telegraph). ‘One of the best you will see at the festival’ (Mirror). ‘A riot of sprightly silliness’ (Chortle.co.uk). ***** (ThreeWeeks). ***** (Mirror). **** (Chortle.co.uk). **** (Metro).”
WHERE: Underbelly, Bristo Square – Buttercup (Venue 302)
WHEN: 17:15 (60 min)
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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?
This will be my sixth solo show – and I did a few compilation shows before that. I really love the Fringe, and Edinburgh is such a beautiful city. I’m looking forward to going to Mother India Restaurant – then going to a steam room the next day and smelling curry getting released from my pores and the other people in the steam room looking confused. Once a singer I really like, Jim Moray, came to see my show and I was delighted – that was a high point!
What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’18?
Since last year’s Fringe I got to take my show over to New Zealand Comedy Festival again. I love it over there – and this time I went fishing and caught some Red Snapper (a red fish, but not particularly snappy). One of the people in our group caught a fish and then felt so guilty they had to sit down for an hour. This year I entered a professional Scrabble tournament – so I’m talking about that in my show this year. Looking back at the games, I got beaten in one game by a woman who kept putting down fake words that I didn’t have the courage to challenge.
Tell us about your show.
My show is about love and stress – this year my fiancee and I had to postpone our wedding, I went on holiday to Chernobyl and entered this Scrabble tournament. So, the show is about those things and why they’re all linked. It’s directed by the very funny Stuart Laws. I think it’s the only show to have a cliffhanger and previously on… recap section. Hopefully I’ll be touring the show next year and I’d love to take it back to New Zealand Comedy Festival.
What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?
Comedy wise – I’d recommend going to see:
Jack Gleadow: Mr Saturday Night (17:45 Pleasance Courtyard)
He’s a really creative an exciting act doing his debut show – he’s worked very hard on it and there are so many unique set pieces. He’s a one of a kind!
Stuart Laws Is All In (12:20 Monkey Barrell 1)
Not only is Stuart Laws, he’s offering $250 to the best audience member too!
Outside of comedy:
Baby Reindeer by Richard Gadd (18:25 Roundabout @ Summerhall)
Richard’s shows are always incredible and I’m excited to see this!
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