One of the most celebrated figures of British comedy, Arthur Smith, is heading to Appledore. On Monday, August 21 the comedian, writer and broadcaster will perform a unique, one off show at St Mary’s Hall, where he will entertain the audience with his jokes, anecdotes, short stories, poems and maybe even a song.
Smith, who has been described by Stephen Fry as “No one in the recent history of British Comedy has warmed the places that need warming quite like Arthur Smith”, is best known for being one of the ‘alternative comedians’ who shook up the world of light entertainment in the 1980s and 90s. He has also written a body of serious or semi-serious work, including stage plays such as An Evening with Gary Lineker.
In addition to stand-up comedy, Smith has performed musical comedy shows such as Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen, which was later broadcast on Radio 4. He returned to this theme for the Edinburgh Fringe in 2013 with “Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen (Volume Too)”.
He is also a radio presenter on such BBC Radio 4 programmes as Excess Baggage and Loose Ends, and appears on television comedy panel games. He took over as narrator of the TV series A Life of Grime after the death of John Peel and was one of the Grumpy Old Men in the television series of that name.
Both of the latter two series used “What a Wonderful World” as their theme song. For Grumpy Old Men, Smith was one of the cast members who contributed to a montage rendition of the song.
The show in Appledore is expected to be an evening of sublime playfulness, crammed with humour and off the wall antics. Tickets are £16 in advance or £19 on the door, and can be booked online at www.freeoftigersevents.co.uk. The doors open at 7:00pm and the show starts at 7:30pm. This is a seated event and seats are allocated on a first come first served basis.