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Arthur Smith is an English comedian known for his work in the alternative comedy scene in the early 1980s. He is best known for his own music and comedy show Arthur Smith's Balham Bash, in which he would invite a range of guests into his own Balham home in South London for a night of varied entertainment and laughs. He is also the voice of Arthur Dustcart on TV's Rex The Runt, and has acted in radio sitcoms such as BBC Radio 4's Married.

Biography

Born in Berdmondsey, south London, Arthur Smith graduated with a 2:1 in Comparative Literature from the University of East Anglia before beginning his career in comedy.

A regular at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe since 1977, he has compered almost every year of the long-running Hackney Empire New Act of the Year competition final.

Alongside his work in stand-up, Smith has performed a range of musical comedy shows such as Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen, which was later broadcast on BBC Radio 4. In 2013 he would take a reworked edition of this show to the Edinburgh Fringe, entitled Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen (Volume Too).

From 1998 to 2001 he starred in the BBC Two[/z] sitcom Rex The Runt, an Aardman Animations production about the lives of four dogs. Here he gave his voice to the character of Arthur Dustcart.

Around the same time, from 1999 to 2001, he starred in the BBC Radio 4 sitcom Married, which followed Robin Lightfoot, a bachelor who wakes up one day to find that he is married - with two children!

One of Smith's comic routines has been set to music by Mark Beazley, aka Rothko, for a CD that was curated by fellow comic Stewart Lee. In 2005, Smith rejected a lifetime achievement award from the Perrier Award, claiming that his ego was already too bloated.

A longtime resident of Balham in south London, he has even jokily self-appointed as the "Night Mayor of Balham" (he doesn't do days), and in 2009 made and hosted a comedy series for BBC Radio 4 about his love for the place, entitled Arthur Smith's Balham Bash. Running for three series from 2009 to 2011, the show consisted of Smith throwing open the doors of his actual house to a live audience, promising music, comedy, and laughter.

Smith has also starred in the episode "Backwards" of the much-loved sitcom Red Dwarf. Here he played a bar manager on backwards Earth who had hired Kryten and Rimmer as a forward novelty act. In 2016 he also made an appearance as mr Harman in the BBC revival of sitcom Are You Being Served.

A regular contributor to books on stand-up comedy and the craft of writing humour, he has also contributed to shows on the history of British comedy, from Britain's Best Sitcom to How The Young Ones Changed Comedy and The Young Ones' 20 Greatest Moments.

Gender
Male
Nationality
England
Born
Saturday 27th November 1954 (65 years-old)

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Credits

 
Year Production Role
2019 The Rubbish World Of Dave Spud George Spud (Voice)
2019 Arthur Smith: SYD Self
2019 Guildford Fringe Festival Self
2019 Comedy Club Extravaganza Host / Presenter
2018 Arthur Smith: Syd Self
2018 The Young Ones' 20 Greatest Moments Self
2018 How The Young Ones Changed Comedy Self
2018 The Unbelievable Truth - Series 20
  1. E6 - Episode Six
  2. E3 - Episode Three
Guest
2018 When Comedy Goes Horribly Wrong Self
2017 The Unbelievable Truth - Series 19
  1. E2 - Episode Two
  2. E1 - Episode One
Guest
2017 Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen - The Final Tribute Self
2016 Are You Being Served? Mr Harman
2016 Arthur Smith - Mindlessness: A Beginner's Guide Self
2015 The Unbelievable Truth - Series 15
  1. E5 - Episode Five
  2. E2 - Episode Two
Guest
2015 Loving Linda Smith Gala Concert: In Aid of Target Ovarian Cancer Self
2015 Gilded Balloon 30th Anniversary Gala Self
2015 Gilded Balloon 30th Anniversary Comedy Walk Self
2015 The Unbelievable Truth - Series 14
  1. E6 - Episode Six
  2. E3 - Episode Three
Guest
2014 BBC New Comedy Award - 2014
  1. E8 - London Heat 2
Host / Presenter
2014 Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen (Vol. 2) Self
2013 The Unbelievable Truth - Series 12
  1. E1 - Episode One
Guest
2013 BBC New Comedy Award - 2013
  1. E7 - Heat 7
Host / Presenter
2013 The Two Ronnies Spectacle Self
2013 Arthur Smith Self
2013 Funny Business Self
2013 The Unbelievable Truth - Series 10
  1. E6 - Episode Six
  2. E3 - Episode Three
Guest
2012 Bring Me Morecambe And Wise
  1. E5 - Christmas
  2. E4 - The Plays Wot Ernie Wrote
  3. E2 - The Guest Stars
  4. E1 - From Stage To Screen
Self
2012 This Audio Tour Belongs To Lionel Richie Self
2012 The Unbelievable Truth - Series 9
  1. E4 - Episode Four
  2. E1 - Episode One
Guest
2012 Wordaholics - Series 1
  1. E4 - Episode Four
  2. E2 - Episode Two
Guest
2011 Edinburgh Comedy Live Host / Presenter
2011 Arthur Smith's Pissed-Up Chat Show Self
2011 What's So Funny? - Series 1
  1. E6 - Episode Six
Guest
2011 The Unbelievable Truth - Series 7
  1. E6 - Episode Six
  2. E3 - Episode Three
Guest
2011 It's Your Round - Series 1
  1. E6 - Episode Six
  2. E3 - Episode Three
Guest
2010 Carpool
  1. E2 - Chris Addison & Arthur Smith
Guest
2010 The Unbelievable Truth - Series 6
  1. E5 - Episode Five
  2. E2 - Episode Two
Guest
2010 Arthur Smith's Cobbled Up Shambles Self
2010 Arthur Smith's Edinburgh Bash Self
2010 Aaaaaaaargh! Malcolm Hardee Documentary Preview Self
2010 Arthur Smith's Balham Bash - Series 2 Host / Presenter
2010 The Unbelievable Truth - Series 5
  1. E5 - Episode Five
  2. E2 - Episode Two
Guest
2009 The Unbelievable Truth - Series 4
  1. E6 - Episode Six
  2. E3 - Episode Three
Guest
2009 Clive Anderson's Chat Room - Series 7 Guest
2009 Arthur Smith's Balham Bash - Series 1 Host / Presenter
2009 My Name Is Daphne Fairfax Host / Presenter
2009 My Name Is Daphne Fairfax Writer
2009 Heresy - Series 6
  1. E3 - Episode Three
Guest
2009 The Unbelievable Truth - Series 3
  1. E5 - Episode Five
Guest
2009 Arturart Host / Presenter
2009 Arturart Writer
2009 I've Never Seen Star Wars - Series 2
  1. E2 - Arthur Smith
Guest
2008 Clive Anderson's Chat Room - Series 5 Guest
2008 Heresy - Series 5
  1. E6 - Episode Six
Guest
2008 Clive Anderson's Chat Room - Series 4 Guest
2008 The Museum Of Curiosity - Gallery 1
  1. E3 - Meeting Three
Guest
2008 Arthur Smith's Comedy Club Actor
2007 Does The Team Think... - Series 1
  1. E6 - Episode Six
  2. E4 - Episode Four
Guest
2007 Heresy - Series 4
  1. E4 - Episode Four
Guest
2007 Clive Anderson's Chat Room - Series 3 Guest
2007 The 100 Greatest Stand-Ups
  1. E2 - 100 Greatest Stand-Ups 2010
  2. E1 - The 100 Greatest Stand-Ups 2007
Self
2006 I Think The Nurses Are Stealing My Clothes Host / Presenter
2006 QI - Series D
  1. E2 - Discoveries
Guest
2006 Clive Anderson's Chat Room - Series 2 Guest
2005 QI - Series C
  1. E2 - Cummingtonite
Guest
2005 The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy - The Quandary Phase
  1. E1 - Fit The Nineteenth
Barman
2005 What A Carve Up!
  1. E6 - Episode Six
Sid James
2004 Clive Anderson's Chat Room - Series 1 Guest
2004 QI - Series B
  1. E7 - Biscuits
Guest
2004 Britain's Best Sitcom
  1. E11 - Dad's Army
  2. E1 - The Launch
Guest
2003 4 In A Field - Series 1 Host / Presenter
2002 Arthur Smith's Last Hangover Guest
2001 Rex The Runt - Series 2 Arthur Dustcart (Voice)
2001 Married - Series 3 Arthur Smith
2000 Married - Series 2 Arthur Smith
1999 Married - Series 1 Arthur Smith
1999 Rex The Runt - Series 1 Arthur Dustcart (Voice)
1998 My Summer With Des Writer
1997 Room 101 - Series 3
  1. E6 - Arthur Smith
Guest
1994 Have I Got News For You - Series 8
  1. E2 - Episode Two
Guest
1994 An Evening With Gary Lineker Writer
1990 Have I Got News For You - Series 1
  1. E4 - Episode Four
Guest
1989 Red Dwarf - Series III
  1. E1 - Backwards
Pub Manager
1987 Filthy Rich & Catflap
  1. E1 - Episode One
Milkman
1987 King Street Junior - Series 2
  1. E1 - Priorities
Supplies Man
1987 Hello Mum Crew
1985 Arthur And Phil Go Off... Self
1985 Arthur And Phil Go Off... Writer
1985 Delve Special - Series 2
  1. E1 - The Archibald Gallery Robbery
Ensemble Actor
1985 The Good Human Guide - Series 4 Various
1985 The Good Human Guide - Series 3 Various
1985 The Good Human Guide - Series 2 Various
1985 The Good Human Guide - Series 1 Various
1984 Delve Special - Series 1
  1. E4 - The Shifton Scandal, Part 4
Ensemble Actor
1967 Just A Minute Guest

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