Ian Stone

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Ian Stone is a British stand-up comedian, broadcaster and writer famous for appearing as a guest on shows such as the comedy panel show Mock the Week. Stone is also a regular guest on BBC Radio 5's Fighting Talk. He currently presents The Football's On on BT Sport and Comedy Bigmouths on Channel 5 and My5.


Born in North London on the 17th February 1963, Ian Stone grew up in Harlesden and West Hendon, attending the same school as David Baddiel.[1] He began his career as a stand-up comedian in 1991, after being persuaded to get on stage by his girlfriend.[2] He first performed at the Edinburgh Festival in 1996, in a tour controversially called, A Little Piece of Kike.[3] The organisers forced Stone to put the word "Kike" in inverted commas as it is considered racist. Stone commented about the term at the time saying, "I saw a description of it. ‘It said low-class, ill-mannered Jew,’ and I thought, ‘That's me!’"[2] Stone regularly performs at the Edinburgh Festival, taking up successful shows in 2007-9. Stone also performed his own show for Udderbelly at the Southbank in 2011-13

Stone later appeared on several television shows, including The 11 O'Clock Show, The Late Edition, Never Mind The Buzzcocks and Mock the Week. He also interviewed fellow Jewish comedian Jackie Mason on BBC Radio 4's arts programme Front Row.[2] In 2013 Stone began presenting 'Off the Ball' a weekly comedy football show on ESPN with Bob Mills. This format was transferred to BT Sport in time for the 2014 World Cup and renamed The Football's On.

As well as Fighting Talk Stone is also co-host on 'Rock and Roll Football' on Absolute Radio with Ian Wright.

Highlights of Stone's stand-up career have included compering the main theatre at the Cape Town Comedy Festival, performing to British Troops in Afghanistan, performing in the final transatlantic crossing of The QE2, and being the first ever compère at The Comedy Store in Mumbai.

He regularly appears at The Comedy Store in London, including topical Tuesday night show The Cutting Edge.[4]

An avid Arsenal fan, Ian co-hosts "The Tuesday Club" (formerly "It's Up For Grabs Now") podcast, which takes a light-hearted discussion on goings on at the club. He is now a regular contributor to the official Arsenal magazine, which led to his new nickname as "the company man."


  1. ^ "Mother not amused by comic son", Hendon & Finchley Times, 17 August 2006, retrieved 2011-08-16
  2. ^ a b c "Ian Stone". Comedy CV. Retrieved 2007-07-19. 
  3. ^ Gibbons, Fiachra (2000) "Festival joke on Holocaust provokes outrage", The Guardian, 10 August 2000, retrieved 2011-08-16
  4. ^ Sooke, Alastair (2004) "My week: Ian Stone, comedian", Daily Telegraph, 6 December 2004, retrieved 2011-08-16