Will Smith (comedian)
1971 (age 44–45)
|Occupation||Actor, screenwriter, stand-up comedian, novelist, producer|
|Known for||TV, film and radio comedy|
Smith is a two-time Writers Guild of America Award-winner  and Producers Guild of America Award for Best Episodic Comedy nominee.
Early life and education
Stand up comedy
Smith started his career in stand-up comedy, winning awards including Chortle Best Headliner 2005 and Time Out Comedy 2004. One critic called him 'the Hugh Grant of comedy', and he appeared in The 11 O'Clock Show with Sacha Baron Cohen and Ricky Gervais as the character 'Posh Boy'. He 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 Gervais on his record-breaking sell-out 2007 "Fame" tour, and supported Ardal O'Hanlon and Johnny Vegas on national tours.
Smith is involved with both British and American political satire. He is a writer and one of the executive producers on HBO's Emmy-winning sitcom Veep, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus. He wrote or co-wrote the Veep episodes: Chung (Season 1); Midterms, Running (Season 2); Some New Beginnings, Fishing (Season 3); Storms and Pancakes, Testimony (Season 4); Thanksgiving, C**tgate (Season 5). Smith also wrote on the BAFTA-winning BBC political comedy The Thick of It. He was the only writer on the programme who acted in it – as MP Peter Mannion's inept adviser, Lord of the Rings-obsessive Phil Smith. He also has a cameo role in the closing credits of "In the Loop", the Anglo-American film spin-off.
Comedy 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, a parody of The Joy of Sex.
Smith writes for various publications, including the magazine Intelligent Life, in which he learns something new for each issue. Articles have included banjo-playing, ice-sculpting, circus skills and making a soufflé.
In 2015 Smith published his first novel, Mainlander (4th Estate, a division of HarperCollins), a thriller about a schoolboy who goes missing on Jersey. The Independent described it as 'John le Carré meets Middlemarch', and ShortList called it a 'knockout'. The Daily Mail also gave it a positive review, hailing it as 'a proper work of fiction... A carefully worked plot, seen through the viewpoints of a clutch of cast members, builds nicely to a satisfying climax.'
Smith reflects on the difference between writing for television and writing a novel in The Guardian. "The chain from author to reader is short and simple – agent, editor, proofreader, shop/website. In TV, the script will have to be signed off by producers, executive producers, genre commissioners and channel commissioners, and that’s still only a starting point". He cites as his influences John Cleese and Stephen Fry, as well as Charlotte Bronte and George Eliot.
- Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive
- Banter (2002, 2007)
- The Personality Test (2003–09)
- Will Smith Presents the Tao of Bergerac (2007), based on the 1980s TV series set on Jersey. Released as a BBC Audio CD in 2008.
- Will Smith's Midlife Crisis Management (2005)
- It's Your Round (2011)
- Mr and Mrs Smith (2012) Sitcom about a couple in marriage counselling.
|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|
-  Archived 11 February 2015 at the Wayback Machine.
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- Ritchie, Jason. "Interview: Will Smith". Get Ready to Rock. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
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- "Will Smith: How To Be Cool' review : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". Chortle. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
- "Credits". Time Trumpet. Retrieved 2015-11-25.
- Will Smith. "A screenwriter turns novelist, looking for less interference and fewer turkeys | Books". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-11-25.
- "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.
- "The Joy of No Sex: A Guide to Life Without Lovemaking: Amazon.co.uk: Will Smith, Roger Drew". Amazon.co.uk. ISBN 9780718148379. Retrieved 2015-11-25.
- http://www.moreintelligentlife.com/content/will-smith-learns-do-something-new-this-issue-the-banjo. Retrieved 8 October 2008. Missing or empty
- Will Smith. Mainlander. Amazon.co.uk. ISBN 9780007594269. Retrieved 2015-11-25.
- "The ShortRead: Will Smith | ShortList Magazine". Shortlist.com. Retrieved 2015-11-25.
- Ritchie, Harry (2015-02-19). "LITERARY FICTION | Daily Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-11-25.
- "BBC – Programmes – Categorised as will smith". Retrieved 18 April 2009.
- Will Smith. "Will Smith Presents: The Tao of Bergerac (BBC Audio)". Amazon.co.uk. ISBN 9781405677424. Retrieved 2015-11-25.
- "BBC Radio 4 – Mr and Mrs Smith". Bbc.co.uk. 21 February 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2012.