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We are delighted to welcome Robin Ince for the 2021 (was 2020!) Linda Smith Lecture.

Robin is one of comedy’s great polymaths. As a stand-up comedian, co-presenter of Radio 4’s The Infinite Monkey Cage (with Professor Brian Cox) and the Book Shambles podcast (with Josie Long), and the author of the excellent I’m a Joke and So Are You (Atlantic Books), Robin’s thoughts on the nature of comedy promise to be fascinating and surprising.

The Linda Smith Lecture is presented by the British Stand-Up Comedy Archive and the School of Arts. It was established in 2015 as an annual event to celebrate the much-missed comedian’s life and work, and to reflect on the comedy business.


This event was originally due to take place in 2020, then rescheduled to 14 May 2021 and now rescheduled again to 2 Nov 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Linda Smith Lecture 2021: Robin Ince

Tue 2 November


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