Speaker Profile: Dave Smith
Inspiring young people to write
In the past six years Dave has visited over 350 schools, sharing his experiences as a stand-up comedian and writer in his lively and interactive workshops.
In 1991 Dave ditched his day job to do something he really enjoyed - comedy. After making his debut at the Montreal Comedy Festival, he soon became a regular at the Comedy Store, and worked nationwide alongside Lee Evans, Harry Hill and Peter Kay. This led to writing humorous columns for GQ, The Sunday Times, Boston Herald, various websites and women’s magazines, as well as appearances on TV and radio shows. His career highlight was appearing regularly alongside the mighty John Peel on Radio 4’s Home Truths.
After 20 years on stage and at the keyboard, he’s now inspiring young people to have a go, to express themselves, grasp new opportunities and to create new ones. He is still amazed at where his writing has taken him.
The idea is to leave young people fired up with a sense of optimism and hope. And of course, to have a laugh.
"We all thought Dave Smith was excellent. He really inspired the group and made them think; he also filled them with optimism and enthusiasm. A brilliant achievement! I hope he can come again in the future. Well done and thanks!" Bridget Brooks. Head of Learning Support, Tabor Science College