Arthur Smith is an English alternative comedian, presenter and writer. He has regularly attended the Edinburgh Fringe comedy festival since 1977, and compares the long-running Hackney Empire New Act of the Year competition final. He has also written a body of serious or semi-serious work, including stage play An Evening with Gary Lineker.
In addition to stand-up comedy, Arthur has performed musical comedy shows such as Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen. He is also a radio presenter on Radio 4 programmes including Excess Baggage and Loose Ends, and appears on television comedy panel games.
He took over as narrator of the TV series A Life of Grime after the death of John Peel and was one of the Grumpy Old Men in the television series of that name. Both of the latter two series used What a Wonderful World; for Grumpy Old Men, he was one of the cast members who contributed to a montage rendition of the song.
He has written a number of books including Trench Kiss, An Evening with Gary Lineker, Pointless Hoax, Sit-Down Comedy, That Which is Not Said and My Name is Daphne Fairfax.