I've been a comedian since 2005 and work regularly for all the major clubs in the UK. Performing stand-up has taken me all around the world, from performing to affluent ex-pats in Singapore to headlining comedy tents at music festivals like Download and Sonisphere, to every corner of Europe and even to winning awards in the USA.
My work is split 50/50 between performing as one of the most in-demand MCs in the country, to performing sets between 20 minutes to an hour that showcase my blend of storytelling and improvisation.
I have taken several shows to the Edinburgh Fringe, including 2009's The Boy Next Door Gone Wrong (winner of Best Comedy Performance and Best International Show at the 2010 Hollywood Fringe in Los Angeles, and nominated for best debut show at the 2009 Leicester Comedy Festival); 2011's Tattooligan and 2012's Let's Be Friends, two shows that received a host of excellent reviews; and 2015's My Girls which was nominated for Best Show at the 2015 Leicester Comedy Festival, enjoyed a near sold-out run at the fringe and was filmed in front of 200 comedy fans in London during June 2016
“wonderfully gritty … his struggles with mental illness and alcoholism make for impressive comic pickings” The Guardian
“It’s obvious that Jim Smallman is a natural-born compere. He has such an easy rapport with the audience and tells his tales with a fluidity and energy that keeps everyone attentive. He could talk the hind legs off a donkey, but you suspect the donkey wouldn’t really mind … he’s an instinctive storyteller who draws out the humour in every anecdote. On the comedy spectrum, he falls somewhere between Frank Skinner and Dave Gorman … his silver-tongued banter is likely to charm most audiences” Chortle
“a talented comic” TimeOut
“the second he focuses, he’s unbeatable … there’s an anger and sarcasm worthy of Jack Dee, Jo Brand, maybe even Bill Hicks. And all the time there’s this sense of impotent outrage, of righteous frustration, that’s up there with Basil Fawlty, the Blackadder dynasty, maybe even vintage Alexei Sayle” 4Laughs
“Jim Smallman is not just a comic who tells brilliant jokes, he is a heart-warming storyteller, and his experiences will have you captivated and laughing out loud” – Three Weeks
“Unapologetically, shamelessly life-affirming… a storyteller of warmth and humanity” – Fest Magazine
“Smallman’s a terrific presence, all effervescent charm and bounciness. Even the vague grunts offered by the audience are enough for him to spin into properly funny gags” – The Skinny
“Smallman has the crowd completely hooked… razor sharp jokes and observations come from his wonderful self-deprecating stories” – Hairline
“Smallman, as articulate as he is, is an unpretentious comic who takes real visible joy in provoking a laugh… he is very funny” – No Borders Magazine
“Smallman is an accomplished performer and a joy to spend time with… He deserves to be playing much bigger rooms” – Festival Journal
“A comic who has set a benchmark for this kind of comedy” – New Current