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Multi-award-winning comedian Ian Smith (BBC Radio 4The News QuizThe Now Show and co-host of the Northern News podcast) brings his Edinburgh Comedy Award nominated show to Brighton Komedia. It’s about stress, love and driving a tank in Slovakia with your hairdresser. Three timeless themes.

Ian Smith: Crushing

Debut National Tour

Komedia, Brighton

Friday 19 Jan, 2024 @ 8pm

‘There are few shows as purely funny as this on the fringe.’

★★★★ The Guardian

Ian is always stressed about something – and now hes getting told off by his jobsworth dentist for grinding his teeth in his sleep, which is stressing him out even more. Some advice to help includes hypnotism, pre-bedtime motivational messages spoken into the mirror and, hardest of all, to just stop being anxious – but is that even possible? Not, it seems, for Ian.
Join Ian for an hour where he explains why hes stressed and what he can and cant do about it – and why that led to him a sensory deprivation floatation tank and travelling to Slovakia and driving a tank over a car with his hairdresser. Come and see the critically acclaimed, multi-award nominated, sell-out Fringe show from Gooles only comedian.
Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee 2023
(ISH) Edinburgh Comedy Award Shortlist 2023
Next Up’s Biggest Award in Comedy Runner-up 2023
‘His tales are relatable, plentiful and downright hilarious.’
★★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals

 As a stand-up, Ians seven Edinburgh Fringe shows have received critical acclaim, awards and runs at Soho Theatre and New Zealand Comedy Festival. In 2015, he was also part of the hugely successful Richard Gadd – Waiting for GaddotHe has been invited to perform as part of Mary TobinBest of the Edinburgh Fest shows at Adelaide and Melbourne Comedy Festivals and in 2020 he was also nominated for two Chortle Awards, including Best Compere.

Ian has become a regular guest on The News Quiz and The Now Show and made his debut on Just A Minute in August (BBC Radio 4). 
He is the co-host of the Northern News podcast with Amy Gledhill, produced by Plosive (Off Menu) – featured in the Guardianbest podcasts of the 2023 so far”. 


Last year, Ian directed Amy’s Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominated debut show, The Girl Before The Girl You Marry.
Ian has also had a number of acting roles – starting off as a lead in BBC2 sitcom Popatron. Hes also starred alongside Katherine Parkinson in Sky pilot Officially Special and had a leading role in BBC1 drama, The Arkstarring David Threlfall – as well as a various supporting roles including The Emily Atack ShowSiblingsPls Like and BBC drama The Syndicate.


In 2020, he recorded his first solo Radio 4 show, the comedy-doc Girl Stuck in Basketball Hoop. He has a Radio 4 stand-up series about stress commissioned for 2024.
More praise for ‘Crushing’:
‘If it’s excellent, pure stand-up performed by a comedian at the top of their game, this is the show for you.’
★★★★★ Quintessential Reviews
‘Ian Smith is such a great storyteller…our chuckles just keep coming.’
★★★★★ One4Review
‘Sheer brilliance.’
★★★★.5 Chortle
‘A brilliant hour.’
★★★★.5 RGM
‘He’s one of our most consistent comedians, and Ian Smith has, ahem, *crushed* it at this year’s Fringe.’
★★★★ Fest
‘And with this latest catalogue of calamities he has excelled himself.’
★★★★ Beyond the Joke
★★★★ EdFringeReview
★★★★ The Scotsman
★★★★ Phoenix Remix
★★★★ The Comic’s Comic
★★★★ Mumble Comedy
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