EP113 – Arthur Smith – Alternative comedy in the 21st century

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EP113 – Arthur Smith – Alternative comedy in the 21st century


Total run time: 1 hour 27 mins 16 secs.

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About this episode…

Arthur Smith (@ArfurSmith) is an alternative comedy, the Mayor of Balham and writer who has been performing in the UK since the late 1970s.

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Stand up…

  • How did you find your first agent? And how did you find the right one? [56 mins]
  • His thoughts on awards and if he thinks they’re worth anything. [29 mins]
  • How is your year structured? [26 mins]
  • His thoughts on Addison Cresswell and the difference between a manager and an agent. [25 mins]
  • What’s your “comedy uniform”? Do you wear anything on stage? [17 mins]
  • What was your first bit that you write that you thought was good? [15 mins]
  • How long did you have a day job? [11 mins]
  • What’s your comedy uniform and why? [9 mins]
  • Where can / can’t he gig as a result of his act? [7 mins]
  • His thoughts on alternative comedy. [4 mins]
  • Why did you adjust your name for stage? (Brian Arthur John Smith) [0 mins]
  • Are you a circuit comedian?
    • How many comedians were there working / trying when you started?  
  • Before comedy – street performing. [0 mins]
  • Why did you start going to Edinburgh and why do you still go now? [26 mins]
  • How to title a show. [33 mins]
  • Did you want radio 4? [41 mins]
  • What’s your relationship like with social media? [42 mins]


  • Do you think there’s too many awards in Edinburgh? [29 mins]
  • Awards – turning down the lifetime award. [29 mins]
  • You MC the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year which is one of the longer running awards, why do you work with that one? [29 mins]
  • Do you want fame? [50 mins]
  • Have you ever thought fame? [50 mins]

TV work…

  • Red Dwarf- I was told you audition for cryton, do you ever think of how being a part of that cult show? [53 mins]
  • You’ve done a lot of cameos in TV, which means you’re “seen” but not the focus, do you like that? Did you ever want fame? [53 mins]







Simon Caine is a comedian, author, podcaster, writer and social media manager. He's the host of the Ask The Industry Podcast (iTunes link) , writer of jokes for Twitter and teller of gags on the London comedy scene. He's also the person writing this and it is taking all his willpower not to make a "Simon Says" joke.
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