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Ian Stone

Ranked amongst the top ten stand-ups in Britain by The Independent, Ian Stone is one of the most talented topical acts and comperes in the country. Edgy and provocative, with an easy-going manner and self-depreciating style, Ian is at great ease bantering with an audience. He's also a member of the Comedy Store's critically acclaimed 'Cutting Edge' team. Ian also received a nomination in 2012 for the BEST SHOW at the Leicester Comedy Festival Awards.

He has performed all over the world including Comedy Festivals in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, South Africa, Holland, France, Ireland and Germany. He’s entertained the troops in Kuwait, Bosnia,Kosovo, Cyprus and most recently Afghanistan. Also, he was the first British stand-up to perform in Moscow and the first performer to appear for The Comedy Store in Mumbai.

"Seriously funny" The Guardian

"…like a cross between Tony Hancock and Frankie Howerd. Stone is probably better than we deserve. Ultimately, it is the sheer quantity of funny material that really impresses" The List

RADIO

In 2010 on Radio 5 Live, he presented Christmas Up The Front, a documentary about performing comedy for the troops in Afghanistan.  He was a regular guest on The Gabby Logan Programme and continues to appear on their flagship sports panel show Fighting Talk. During the World Cup, he was part of the team that presented six shows of The Armchair World Cup. The show was recently revived for a one-off Christmas special, Armchair Premier League and returned for a series of shows during the EURO 2012 championship. He was part of the team on The Alan Davies Saturday Morning Show. He also guest presented Radio 5 Live's topical sunday morning show The Back End of Next Week

On Radio 4, Ian was a special guest on Shappi Talk and The Now Show and he has also appeared on Political Animal and twice on 'Four at the Store'. He's scheduled to present a football documentary in early December 2012 entitled "Footballs Pushy Parents". On Radio 4 Extra, he has presented The Comedy Club on a number of occasions and is a regular guest on Ed Byrne's review show What's So Funny?

On Radio 2 he appeared in Hot Gossip, Claudia Winkleman’s top rated Radio Two panel show.  He also co-wrote and performed in a broadcast sitcom pilot, The Sharp End starring Alistair McGowan and Michelle Gomez.

On Absolute Radio, he was the first guest on the Ian Wright Rock and Roll Football Show and has since become Wrighty's regular sidekick and has presented a number of shows when Ian Wright has been absent. They presented a show most evenings for EURO 2012.
"The show has recently won a Sony Silver Award for best sports programme".

WRITING

The start of the 2011-2012 football season saw Ian become a regular columnist in the Official Arsenal Magazine. This coincided with Arsenal's worst start to a season in thirty six years although Ian believes that these two things are completely unconnected. You can see some of the previous months columns by going to the "Arsenal FC Mag" link. Ian has also been one of the contributors to Russell Howards' Good News and has recently written on Alistair Mcgowan's new show You Cannot Be Serious for ITV1.

ONLINE

Ian was one of the founder members of the Alan Davies Arsenal podcast “It’s Up For Grabs Now’. This show was a huge success (slightly more than the team unfortunately). After a short break, the show is back as “The Tuesday Club” and after fifty episodes, it has become one of the top rated sports podcasts in the country with an average of sixty thousand downloads a week, an amazing achievement for an independent podcast. In the first week of October 2012, it was the third highest rated podcast of any sort in Britain. He's also been a regular guest on the new internet sports TV station Sports Tonight Live

TV

Ian's many television appearances include two shows of Mock The Week (BBC 2), The World Stands Up (Paramount Comedy 2005) The Comedy Store(Ch5 - 3 appearances), Never Mind The Buzzcocks (BBC 2), The Stand-Up Show (BBC 1), Saturday Live (ITV), Live at Jongleurs (ITV) & The 11 O'clock Show (CH4). He was most recently seen as a guest on ESPN's Talk of the Terrace, he's a permanent panellist on Off The Ball, also on ESPN and he was a contributor to BBC3’s Most Annoying People of 2010. He's just taken part in the new series of The Comedy Store for The Comedy Channel. He also appeared in two series of The Katy Brand Show for ITV2 and had a small part in Ben Miller’s film Huge.

Ian wrote for The Omid Djalili show on BBC1 and has written gags for The Sketch Show on ITV1 and Alistair McGowan's Big Impression on BBC 1 and You Cannot Be Serious on ITV1

REVIEWS:

Review of The Return of Stoney Baloney: Udderbelly, May 2012
"Ian Stone is intelligent and likable and has the audience in the palm of hand from the second he steps on stage. This is the type of comedy that leaves you giddy and on the highest high, the man is a genius and after seeing him last night I totally understand why the punters were returning for a second dose." Broadway Baby

Review of Healthy Disrespect, Underbelly, August 2008
"I had high hopes for Ian Stone’s show. Not only is he a seasoned performer, but he has a brilliant line in political humour. Not only was I not disappointed, he blew all my expectations away. Stone’s skill as a comedian is in highlighting the stupidity of the common man through beautifully crafted stories, peppered with gags and asides, hilarious throughout. Not a word is wasted in his clever telling of his world view." Chortle.co.uk