Mark Smith

Mark Smith

Mark Smith has been performing stand-up since 2008 (initally going by the stage name Winston Smith), making the final of So You Think You’re Funny the following year. In 2012 he was a member of the Comedy Zone at the Edinburgh Fringe, making his solo debut 12 months later.

He has been a presenter on MTV2 and written and performed for Dick and Dom’s Funny Business on BBC Two, as well as being a warm-up for studio audience.

He is also in a double act, Dregs, alongside Max Dickins, performing live and on podcast.

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Mark Smith: The Most Astonishing Name in Comedy

Note: This review is from 2013

Review by Nione Meakin

Poor old Mark Smith. Apart from having a name so ordinary he once changed it to Winston in a bid to stand out, in his hoodie and jeans he also looks unfortunately like so many other white, 20-something male comics, and initially appears to be touting a familiar brand of lightweight man-child observations.

But we all know appearances can be deceptive and from these unpromising beginnings comes a slyly enjoyable hour peppered with gleeful wordplay and imaginative anecdotes. This is Smith's first solo show (he also appears as part of double act Dregs) and at first his understated delivery comes across as hesitance. But he relaxes as he gets into his stride and proves adept at getting the audience on side with a self-effacing assessment of his own body and a game in which we are invited to choose a new nickname for him.

His material is nothing startling – he's far from the only comic to fret over an apparent inability to grow-up – but he's thoughtful in the way he describes these inconsequential musings and elicits laughs through his turn of phrase and timing.

An otherwise unremarkable story about being unable to locate the gas meter in his house is turned into a veritable melodrama that makes the crashing anticlimax all the better, the absurdity of a conversation about the film Speed is highlighted through being taken to and beyond its logical conclusion and then there are his throwaway descriptions. The imagined musical genres of 'slut-rock, bilbo-house and chum-step' continued to make me smile after I'd left the venue.

Although he loses momentum with his finishing set piece, which relies too heavily on the shaky odds of audience interaction, this is a competent debut on which Smith should build.

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Published: 13 Aug 2013


Review from the Brighton Fringe, May 2009Harbingers…


Past Shows

Edinburgh Fringe 2008


Edinburgh Fringe 2009

Harbingers: Enough Rope

Edinburgh Fringe 2012

Comedy Zone 2012

Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Mark Smith: Old Smudge


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