Ranked in the top ten stand-ups in Britain by The Independent, Ian Stone is one the most popular and well-loved topical acts in the country. With a personable nature, humerous delivery and self-depreciating comedic style, Ian is a hit with any audience.
He initially began his career as a stand-up comedian, performing at the Edinburgh Festival in 1996, before touring across the world, performing in countries from Australia and New Zealand to Hong Kong and South Africa, France and Germany to Bosnia and Afghanistan, Moscow to Mumbai.
Ian uses his vast experience, gained from over 25 years in the industry, to deliver sharply written material in an easy-going, friendly, but entertaining way, providing speeches, stand-up comedy, event hosting and compering.
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Ian Stone is one of the best travelled comedians on the scene, headlining gigs in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, entertaining troops in Kuwait, Bosnia and Afghanistan, performing on the final transatlantic crossing of the QE2 ship, performing at the Canadian Yul-Yuk clubs, compered in South Africa and becoming one of the first British stand-ups to perform in Moscow.
Ian is a popular face on our TV screens, most known for presenting Off the Ball (2013) for ESPN, a weekly comedy sports panel show, before it moved to BT Sports the following year and was renamed The Football’s On. The programme has seen Ian introduce guests including Alan Davies, Lee Mack, Omid Djalili, David Baddiel, Romesh Ranganathan and the late Sean Lock.
As well as his hosting duties, Ian has been a guest himself on the likes of Mock the Week (2006-2007), Never Mind the Buzzcocks (2002), Saturday Live (1996), The 11 O’clock Show (2000) and Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled (2017).
He is also a familiar voice on the radio, being a regular guest on Radio 5 Live’s Fighting Talk and The Gabby Logan Programme, Radio 4’s Political Animal, Radio 2’s Hot Gossip presented by Claudia Winkleman and Absolute Radio’s Rock n Roll Football alongside Ian Wright. It was this football show that earned them a Sony Silver Award in 2012 and an Arqiva Commercial Radio gold award in 2015. He has also presented Christmas Up the Front (2010) about his time performing for troops in Afghanistan, the critically acclaimed football radio documentary Football’s Home Fans (2012) and the follow-up, Football’s Loyal Fans (2013) and the breakfast show on LoveSport Radio.
Ian was also a co-founder of the Alan Davies Arsenal podcast It’s Up For Grabs Now (renamed The Tuesday Club), and after just 50 episodes, became one of the top-rated sports podcasts in the country with an average of 60,000 downloads a week.
As well as his comedy skills and hosting duties, Ian has written for the Official Arsenal Magazine in 2011, as well as gaining writing credits for Russell Howard’s Good News (2009-2015), You Cannot Be Serious (2012), The Omid Djalili Show (2007) and Alistair McGowan’s Big Impression (2000-2005).
In 2010, he released his debut book, To Be Someone. Ian describes it as his “sort of autobiography”, documenting his teenage obsession with The Jam and how the band helped Ian to grow up amid the turbulence of Britain in the 1970s and 1980s.
Ian is the perfect after-dinner entertainer for private, public, charity and corporate events, leaving audiences in stitches at his topical material.
Ian Stone can adapt to the crowd, be spontaneous and leave the audience wanting more. He’s so good in fact that I’ve booked him twice; a consummate professional.
David Frise, Chief Executive, Building Engineering Services Association
Thank you for such an amazing performance, you were the highlight of the evening and I have had many people tell me how much they enjoyed you. I hope that our paths cross again in the future.
Emma Risley, Cook Group Marketing Executive
Ian did a great job at the Ealing Council awards do. We’d definitely use him again.
Lauren Dettmar, Ealing Council
Ian was fantastic at our Christmas party and we used him again the following year. We were delighted with his performance and we’d have no hesitation in using him for any number of events.
Phil Berry, The Electric Centre
Chris Rancon, Intelligent Wealth Management Partnership, Birmingham
Ian recently performed at my daughter’s 21st in a marquee. I was a little apprehensive as we had no warm up act and around 50 boisterous twenty one year olds, twenty forty somethings and a few over eighties. However, Ian managed to capture every one of them and his spontaneous banter with the audience was hilarious. I have been to see Ian a number of times and what I like about him is that his material changes every time and is very topical.
Excellent. Very funny and he left me wanting more.
David Kiddell, Clairville York Ltd, Cheam
Ian Stone is intelligent and likeable and has the audience in the palm of his hand from the second he steps on stage. This is the type of comedy that leaves you giddy and on the highest high. After seeing him last night, I totally understand why the punters were returning for a second dose.
He’s 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.