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Laura Smyth (with a guest appearance from 🚼 Bodhi Wilson 🍼)

Season 9, Ep. 28

Laura Smyth is a comedian, writer and actor from East London.

In 2019 Laura won the Funny Women Awards having only been doing comedy for 5 months. Since then, she has continued to take the comedy scene by storm; a favourite on the live circuit Laura has supported Jack Whitehall and Michelle de Swarte on tour and played the Comedy Arena at Latitude, Reading and Leeds Festivals.

TV appearances include ‘Live At The Apollo’ (BBC Two), ‘Frankie Boyle’s New World Order’ (BBC Two), ‘Jonathan Ross’ Comedy Club’ (ITV1), ‘Yesterday, Today and the Day Before’ (Comedy Central) and ‘As Yet Untitled’ (Dave). Laura is soon to be seen making her debut appearance on ‘Cats Does Countdown’ for Channel 4. As an actor she has appeared in ‘Pru’ for BBC Three, independent feature ‘Cottontail’ and played the lead in her own original narrative non-tx ‘Launderette’ for BBC.

Laura co-hosts BBC Sounds hit podcast ‘Bang On It’ with Michelle de Swarte which is released weekly.

A prolific narrative writer, Laura has written on the new re-boot of ‘Bad Education’ for BBC Three; new comedy series ‘Deep Fakes’ for ITV2 as well as having several of her own projects in development, including original script commissions from BBC and Channel 4. 

UK Tour - starts April 2024 get tickets at laurasmyth.comAI SAYS THIS IS ABOUT... In this conversation, Laura Smyth and Rich Wilson discuss the realities of life, living with a life-changing diagnosis, changing perspectives, and self-kindness. They also explore the themes of healing, connecting with others, changing the narrative, embracing life, facing mortality, and the power of love and connection. They discuss the importance of changing the story, shifting priorities, and finding balance. The conversation concludes with a discussion on faith and belief in a higher power. In this conversation, Laura Smyth reflects on life, death, and the importance of living in the present moment. She discusses the purpose of human connection and the desire to find truth and commonality through comedy. Laura also shares her experiences of childhood and parenting, emphasizing the importance of learning from past generations. She highlights the value of embracing imperfections and cherishing relationships. The conversation explores the balance between acknowledging and acting upon emotions, and the danger of overemphasizing feelings. Laura concludes with gratitude and excitement for her upcoming tour.

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