Get up close and personal with Ian
Ian Smith admits his comedy can best be described as "laddish".
The rising comic says he has never been happier than when he is sitting around with his flatmates – like an episode of Men Behaving Badly – taking the Mickey out of each other.
"It's the random and embarrassing aspects of life that are the best types of humour in my opinion," says the comic, who will be returning for a hometown gig at The Junction, Goole, next month, for the third year running.
He will be trying out new material at the show – and exposing the most embarrassing aspects of his domestic life – as he prepares for another assault on this year's Edinburgh Festival.
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"When comedy's personal it means something to you and you can really get into it," he says.
"I think all the best comedy has that ring of truth to it. You can't just stand up and tell jokes, there needs to be a reason behind it.
"I love coming back and performing in my hometown.
"Anyone who's coming can expect to hear some new material and about some of the recent adventures I've been up to."
The East Yorkshire funnyman caught the comedy bug early, starting his own sketch group at the age of 16.
"We had so much fun while it was running, but as the other two left, I knew I would have to carry on solo," he says.
"Stand-up comedy is great, the buzz you get from the audience, the reassurance of people laughing at you and believing that you are funny really helps boost the old ego. You can feel 10ft tall after some shows."
Now at the grand old age of 23, going solo obviously has not set Ian back.
As well as winning the You Must Be Joking comedian of the year award in 2009 he has also featured on BBC2 sitcom Popatron and taken on a more serious acting role in BBC1's Lotto comedy drama The Syndicate.
"To be honest, I have always wanted to do both stand-up and acting, so I was lucky to get offered both," he says. "It's been a turning point in my career."