TELEVISION comedian Arthur Smith isn’t joking when he says he won’t have fans laughing in arenas any time soon – he prefers more intimate venues, writes Graham Walker.
He is playing the Grin Up North comedy festival at Sheffield City Hall’s Memorial Hall, next Sunday, October 16.
Smith, of TV’s Grumpy Old Men fame and other top TV shows, said: “Arenas are too big. If you get heckled in an arena, half the people can’t hear it.”
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Smith promises a night of hilarity, mirth and scandal...with a touch of rudeness thrown in for good measure.
His Sheffield festival appearance is part of an 11 date national tour with his stage show ‘Arthur Smith Exposed’, in which he talks about showbiz, himself and his views on comedy now.
A BBC regular, he is also well known for his appearances on TV’s Q.I., The One Show, Radio 4’s Loose Ends and Arthur Smith’s Balham Bash, recorded at his flat, as well as Radio 2’s Smith Lectures.
As a writer and broadcaster, Smith helped shake up the world of light entertainment in the 1980s and ‘90s with his alternative approach to comedy, based on observation tinged with a strong flavour of the absurd.
His memoir, My Name Is Daphne Fairfax, has won praise from literary critics. He is also the author of four plays, three of which had West End runs, including An Evening With Gary Lineker, which was nominated for an Olivier award.
Controversial, outspoken and on occasions irreverent, he is an expert at delivering the unexpected. His latest tour will deliver all this and then some, with every show being slightly different to the last.
He is a Spirit of The Fringe award-winning Edinburgh Fringe Festival stalwart. His widely admired art project Arturat led to a series on Radio 4.
Smith is also the world’s only Leonard Cohen tribute act and threatens to prove it on this tour.
In contrast, while on tour Smith says he likes to experience the local landscape at first hand by taking a ramble the morning after his show, wherever he is appearing. He is a keen walker and particularly fond of coastal paths.
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