Ian stone is a comedian, host and compere. Ian has been a top comedian on the international comedy circuit for some time; with The Independent ranking him in the top ten Stand up’s in Britain. He 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. Ian also received a nomination in 2012 for the BEST SHOW at the Leicester Comedy Festival Awards.
Ian Stone has performed all over the world including Comedy Festivals in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, South Africa, Holland, France, Ireland and Germany. He has entertained the troops in Kuwait, Bosnia, Kosovo, Cyprus and Afghanistan. He was the first British stand up to perform in Moscow and the first performer to appear for The Comedy Store in Mumbai.
On ESPN in 2013, Ian presented Off The Ball, a weekly comedy sports panel show. The guest list read like a who’s who of the nations favourite comedy talent and included Alan Davies, Dara O’Briain, Lee Mack, Omid Djalili, Ardal O’Hanlon, Phill Jupitus and Milton Jones. On FA Cup Final Day in 2013, he presented a version of the show as part of ESPN’s coverage from Wembley Stadium. In May 2014, the show was renamed The Football’s On, moved to BT Sport and ran for two seasons. Guests included Frankie Boyle, Micky Flanagan, David Baddiel, Romesh Ranganathan, Omid Djalili, Sean Lock and Alan Davies.
Ian’s many TV appearances include: two shows of Mock The Week (BBC 2), The World Stands Up (Paramount Comedy 2005), The Comedy Store (Ch5 3 appearances and 1 for The Comedy Channel), Never Mind The Buzzcocks (BBC 2), The Stand Up Show (BBC 1), Saturday Live (ITV), Live at Jongleurs (ITV), two series of The Katy Brand Show (for ITV2) and The 11 O’clock Show (CH4).
On Radio 5 Live, Ian Stone is a regular guest on their flag ship sports panel show Fighting Talk. In 2010, he presented Christmas Up The Front; a documentary about performing comedy for the troops in Afghanistan. During the last World Cup, he was part of the team that presented six shows of The Armchair World Cup. The show was revived for a one off Christmas special, Armchair Premier League and returned for a series of shows during EURO 2012. 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; he has also appeared on Political Animal and twice on ‘Four at the Store’. He presented a critically acclaimed football doc entitled “Footballs Home Fans” in December 2012; and a follow up show called “Football’s Loyal Fans” at the end of 2013. 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, Ian Stone co-presented Rock n Roll Football with Ian Wright every Saturday afternoon; throughout the football season, for six years. The show was awarded a Sony Silver Award for best sports programme in 2012 and in 2015 won the Gold Award for best Specialist Programme of the Year; at the Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards.
The start of the 2011-2012 football season saw Ian Stone 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” website. Ian has written for: Russell Howard’s Good News on BBC3, You Cannot Be Serious for ITV1, The Omid Djalili show on BBC1, The Sketch Show on ITV1 and Alistair McGowan’s Big Impression on BBC 1.
Ian Stone 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.
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
Some reviews of Ian Stone
…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.
Broadway Baby Review of The Return of Stoney Baloney
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.