My Sketchen Rules
Sam is an accomplished writer, comedian, and musician.
Sam was a national finalist in the 2011 Raw Comedy Quest. His first solo show Samantics won Best Wellington Newcomer at the 2013 NZ International Comedy Festival. He currently writes for TV3’s Jono and Ben at Ten, 7 Days, and Best Bits on TV One.
“Sam Smith is God’s favourite NZ comedian – and mine” – Michael Palin
“Geuninely hilarious plethora of talent” – Theatreview
“Outstanding” – Johnsonville Library
Well, well, well. What a year. My first year doing more comedy than dentistry has been a blast.
I’ve written for Jono and Ben at Ten, 7 Days, The Rock, the VNZMAs, Best Bits, and Happy Hour. I’ve had a show in the comedy festival, Augmented Fourth. I’ve played bass and drums and piano on national television. I’ve provided alternative commentary for the election. I’ve done warm-up for a prime-time one-hour comedy special.
I’ve written another episode of our radio play Death Never Blinks, a sketch for survey, formed Fool House and together have written a really solid sketch show. I’ve hosted two quiz nights. I’ve done my first Big Wednesday, Late and Live, and Thursday Pro Nights at the Classic, regular Song Sales, and written a killer Christmas song.
It’s truly been a momentous year – and I’ve still got a five-and-a-half week round-the-world trip to wind it up.
Next year it’s onwards and upwards. I’ve got a show in the Wellington Fringe Festival; Fool House presents My Sketchen Rules. I’ve got two big shows in the comedy festival; My Sketchen Rules and my second solo hour Laughing Gas.
It’s going to be a life-changing year.
I’ve been getting back into stand-up after being a bit slack over the first half of the year. I also now have a profile page on The Classic website.
We’ve also been working hard on a sketch show for next year. We’ve written heaps of funny sketches and we’re looking forward to staging them.
And Jono and Ben at Ten is back next week with its election special, as is 7 Days, and I’ve written some jokes for a new show on TV One called Happy Hour.
The Comedy Festival is over for another year, and Robbie and I had a great time bringing Augmented Fourth to Auckland and Wellington. Thank you to all the people who came out to see it, and especially big thanks to all those who donated to our PledgeMe campaign.
I also performed in Next Big Things with a whole heap of great comedians, hosted by Ben Hurley.
Jono and Ben at Ten is back in a few weeks. During the time off we’ve been putting together a sketch group with the goal of having a sketch show in the comedy festival next year. I’m joining with fellow ex-Capping Show pals Louise Beuvink and Ben Blakely, and working with my new pals Ashton Brown and Kat Glass. I’m really looking forward to it – love me a bit o’ sketch, I do.
As of December 2013 I’m living in Auckland, and with that comes many things that I’m excited about.
I’m working at Jono and Ben at Ten, which I’m super excited about.
For the comedy festival this year, in Auckland and Wellington, I’m doing a show with Robbie Ellis. It’s called Augmented Fourth, about a band called Augmented Fourth and will be a musical-comedy rock extravaganza. I’m pretty excited about it too.
There are another couple of potential projects that I’m excited about. More on those as I find out more about them.