Carly Smallman sings funny songs. She was born in 1985 but didn’t begin performing stand-up comedy until 2009. Her unique blend of outrageous impropriety and adorable sincerity has established her as a firm favourite in London clubs and beyond. She has played at some fabulous venues, including Banana Cabaret, The Covent Garden Comedy Club, Spank, Amused Moose Soho, and Comedy Camp. In 2010, she was first runner-up in the Bedford New Comedian of the Year competition, and a Laughing Horse semi-finalist.
In 2009, she was an Amused Moose Hot Starlet, and was also shortlisted for the final of the Musical Comedy Awards. Recently, Carly appeared on The Rob Brydon Show (BBC2), and is soon to be seen criticising people who are more famous than herself on The Top Fifty Plastic Surgery Shockers (E4). Carly is also one-half of double act You’re Not the One, with Luisa Omielan. Their 2010 Edinburgh show, ‘A Guide to Love and Dating’ was a complete sellout…if you can call a free show a sell-out. Basically, no more people could fit into the venue.
Carly has also enjoyed tremendous success as an improviser, and was one of the original cast members of fringe smash, Scenes From Communal Living which Time Out claimed as ‘Very funny, fresh and endlessly creative.’ She has trained with Keith Johnstone and Alan Marriott, and she sometimes likes to create off the cuff ditties as a surprise part of her comedy set.
Delightfully ebullient… funny, fresh and endlessly creative – Time Out
Carly has also worked in theatre direction, with credits including: The Tempests, The Florists, Fugue States, Grimm Tales, Ware and Feet and Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon which she worked on in association with the Millennium Forum Theatre in Derry. She has appeared from time to time on ONFM’s The Football Show