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Kate Smurthwaite started performing as a comic in early 2004, and 18 months later quit day-job in finance to become a pro. She made her solo debut at the Edinburgh Festival in 2006 with the show Adrenaline.
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Smart, funny, engaging....we loved her in Exeter where she shone next to 4 mediocre/offensive acts. She just 'gets it'.
As a compere she competes with the other acts and God help any female who is on the same bill as her. If you are going to be that dislikeable on stage, you need to up your game and be very funny. Old fashioned, derivative and not very likeable. Sorry Kate.
Saw Kate MC recently and she was brilliant, managed to control the rather rowdy audience, make some accurate and wry observations on life, while telling some belly laughingly funny jokes. Cant wait to see her again.
A decent compere who has learned from others and using stock lines. but that's all. She gets on the telly because she works for little or no money and is willing to make a fool of herself. The problem is that she just isn't likeable enough to do that type of political comedy. Offering an opinion is not the same as offering insight. Middle class and left wing cliche that may have worked in the 80's but doesn't cut it now. It has nothing to do with her being female either. There are many excellent female comics out there. She just isn't anywhere near as good as she thinks she is. Don't give up Kate, but focus on being funny and have some respect for your audience and your fellow comics.
About as funny as a diagnosis of herpes. Quiet clearly she would be better suited to a career in politics not comedy. Wears her feminism/trite left wing causes badge next to her "I'm clever/ I've been to Oxbridge" badge (dunno if she has but I'd lay £50 on it) To be avoided at all costs...
If you want to recreate the style simply read a particularly self absorbed and strident Guardian article and then whack yourself in the face with a stale custard pie. Funny? I think not. Doubtless plays well to other humourless politicos who have doubtless formed a support group and now attend her gigs on a regular basis...
I am a big fan of comedy so I go to a lot of different gigs, and I must say Kate Smurthwaite is easily one of the sharpest, funniest comedians on the circuit. Plus, I don't know what 'Charlotte' was basing her opinion on, but Kate is also an excellent MC - razor sharp, and quick with the comebacks, I can't imagine a heckler she couldn't handle! Two thumbs way up!
I've seen Kate a few times now an everytime I really enjoy her. She has a way of warming up an audience better than most MCs do and ensures the audience is already laughing when a comic comes on stage. I don't know how she comes up with some of her observations - sheer genius
Kate Smurthwaite: Adrenaline
Edinburgh Fringe 2007
Free Comedy Cocktail
Kate Smurthwaite: Apes Like Me
Kate Smurthwaite: Sing-Along-A-The-Joy-Of-Sex
Edinburgh Fringe 2008
Apes Like Me
Edinburgh Fringe 2009
Comedy Manifesto 
The News At Kate
Edinburgh Fringe 2010
The Midnight Hour 
News At Kate 2010
Edinburgh Fringe 2011
The News At Kate 2011
Edinburgh Fringe 2012
The Comedy Manifesto 2012
Gareth Morinan Presents the Saturday Debates
Kate Smurthwaite: The News at Kate 2012
What A Weird And Wonderful Festival!
Misc live shows
Hackney Empire New Act Final 2008