You have to be joking? Ian Smith

The joke that you loved but no one else did?

I occasionally do a bit about jokes that didn’t make it into my set. I did it in short sets and it would work quite well – me telling the crowd some jokes that were quite bad and then saying, ‘If that DIDN’T make it in, what DID!?’ I really loved it, and tried to start my Edinburgh show with it, but it seemed to confused people. I might try it again!

The joke that worked but you are not so proud that it had?

Usually this is a one-liner – I don’t really like doing ‘gags’. I had a joke in my third show – ‘If you don’t know what introspection is you need to take a long, hard look at yourself’. It made a few ‘Top jokes…’ lists at the Fringe, but I think it was my least favourite thing to say in the show. By the last few days of the run, it started getting groans because I was probably delivering it so apologetically.

The comedians that made you want to be a comedian?

Johnny Vegas is a hero of mine and first hearing Daniel Kitson was a real eye-opener to just how good live stand-up could be.

The last thing that made you cry with laughter?

I saw a gig at Mach Fest where a Welsh comedian would do their set in Welsh as another comic translated it into English via a head set. Matt Rees made it out like the Welsh comic was doing a famous Chris Rock routine instead and I fell to the floor I was laughing that much. ALSO! I recorded a web series this year – and had to deliver the line ‘How do you spell Yorkshire? Is it, A) Yerkshire, B) Yorkshire or C) Porkspire?’ I laughed so much. The idea of a spelling-based visual quiz question. I was a mess.

Ian Smith: Snowflake

Underbelly Med Quad (Buttercup)

 2nd-27th August (not 16th)


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