Will Smith (comedian)
Jersey, Channel Islands
|Occupation||Actor, writer, stand-up comedian|
|Known for||TV and radio comedy|
Will Smith (born 1971) is a British comedian, actor, author, and screenwriter. Born and brought up on the island of Jersey, he now lives in London. His brother is the TV presenter and wine critic Olly Smith.
Early life and education
Smith grew up in Jersey and was educated there at Victoria College.
Smith is a member of the writing team for the BAFTA-winning comedy The Thick of It. He is the only writer on the programme who also acts in it – as MP Peter Mannion's inept adviser and Lord of the Rings-obsessive, Phil Smith. He is also writer and consulting producer on HBO's Veep, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus. With Armando Iannucci and Roger Drew he devised Time Trumpet. Smith also writes for various publications, notably for the magazine Intelligent Life, in which he learns something new for each issue. Articles have included banjo-playing, ice-sculpting, circus skills and learning how to make a soufflé. Books by Smith include "How To Be Cool" (Harry Enfield said of it 'Will Smith is the coolest guy in the world (if uncool is the new cool) – he's also terrifically funny'), and "The Joy of No Sex", published by Penguin.
Smith has won several awards for his performances as a comedian, including Chortle Best Headliner 2005 and Time Out Comedy Award winner 2004. Smith took critically acclaimed solo shows to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival every year from 2003–2006: "Will Smith Is Much Obliged", "Misplaced Childhood" (inspired by his love of the rock band Marillion and their 1985 album of the same name), "Ten Arguments I Should Have Won", and "How To Be Cool". Smith supported Ricky Gervais on his record-breaking sell-out 2007 "Fame" tour, and supported Ardal O'Hanlon and Johnny Vegas on national tours.
|1997||The 11 O'Clock Show|
|2000||Time Gentlemen Please|
|2004||A Wife For William|
|2005||The Comic Side of 7 Days|
|2005||Back in the Day|
|2006||The Charlotte Church Show|
|2006||Never Mind the Buzzcocks|
|2006–2012||The Thick of It||Phil Smith||2006, one hour special in 2007, 2009, 2012|
|2007||The C Word|
|2007||The Late Edition|
|2008||For One Night Only|
|2009||Argumental||2 guest appearances|
|2011||Comedy Lab||Tony||Season 12, Episode 5|
|2012||Have I Got News For You|
|2012||Dead Boss||Governor Gorey||Season 1, Episode 6|
Smith frequently appears as a guest in comedy panel shows on BBC Radio 4, as well as appearing in his own shows including Mr and Mrs Smith, a sitcom about a couple in marriage counselling, and Will Smith Presents the Tao of Bergerac.
- Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive, BBC Radio 4
- Banter (2002, 2007), BBC Radio 4
- The Personality Test (2003–09), BBC Radio 4
- Will Smith Presents the Tao of Bergerac (2007) BBC Radio 4. Released as a BBC Audio CD in 2008.
- Will Smith's Midlife Crisis Management (2005)
- It's Your Round (2011) on BBC Radio 4.
- Mr and Mrs Smith (2012) Sitcom about a couple in marriage counselling, written by comedian and writer Will Smith.
- The Joy Of No Sex : A Guide To Life Without Lovemaking
- "Twitter / jollyolly: @tvpeanuts Yes I am related". Twitter.com. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
- Time Trumpet official credits, URL accessed 5 November, 2006
- Intelligent Life article
- "How to Be Cool: Make Social Blunders a Thing of the Past!: Amazon.co.uk: Will Smith: Books". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
- Amazon page for The Joy of No Sex
- "Will Smith on : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". Chortle. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
- Ritchie, Jason. "Interview: Will Smith". Get Ready to Rock. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
- "Will Smith: 10 Arguments I Should Have Won' review : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". Chortle. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
- "Will Smith: How To Be Cool' review : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". Chortle. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
- "BBC – Programmes – Categorised as will smith". Retrieved 18 April 2009.
- Amazon page for The Tao of Bergerac
- "BBC Radio 4 – Mr and Mrs Smith". Bbc.co.uk. 21 February 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
- Twitter page
- No longer updated MySpace page
- Will Smith at the Internet Movie Database
- Page on Chortle, including tour dates