As an established and highly respected stand up comedian, Stuart Goldsmith has performed multiple critically acclaimed solo shows and stand up tours across the UK and the world including at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the New Zealand International Comedy Festival and the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival. The Sunday Times calls Stuart Goldsmith an “expert, charming stand up” while The Independent declares him to be “a master of the form”.
His TV credits include Alan Davies’ As Yet Untitled and Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central and in 2019 he was flown over to LA to perform stand up on Conan, hosted by comedy icon Conan O’Brien. Stuart’s recent comedy special Like I Mean It was placed in the top 20 of over 1,000 shows at the Edinburgh Festival and Stuart Goldsmith is the regular warm up comic for The Graham Norton Show on BBC One.
Stuart’s celebrated podcast, The Comedian’s Comedian, which uncovers the creative process and personal development of over 400 of the best comedians in the world, has over 18 million downloads. Stuart has also built a reputation as an exceptional speaker, both as a host of corporate events and through his Resilience Presentation, a 45-minute business-focused session. 2020’s challenges saw Stuart create The Infinite Sofa (or Virtual Office Party): a live, online, interactive chat show which fast became an innovative entertainment solution for remote workers across the world.
To be clear, this is not a stand up performance but Stuart Goldsmith draws on his own experiences as a stand up, and shares wisdom and takeaway tips from his fellow comedians.
About his Presentation, in Stuart’s words:
Much like CEOs, comedians are simultaneously the most powerful and the most vulnerable person in the room… and I should know! A full-time professional comic, I also host the “Comedian’s Comedian” podcast (“absolutely riveting” – Guardian), a forensic investigation into the habits and processes of some of the world’s greatest international comics. I love sharing everything I’ve learnt about the cultivation of resilience, problem solving under pressure, and the creative process. I’m excited about making a tangible difference to your approach to business, with a fun and inspiring presentation stuffed with useful tools you can start using right away. I like to explore what I call the “sharp” end and the “blunt” end of resilience; how to cope with both the piercing crisis itself, and the dull thud of the aftermath. I’ve presented to people in finance, investment, law, software development, PR, the charity sector, broadcasting, health and many more.
Stuart has interviewed over 400 of the world’s best standup comics. They drive to a distant town. They stand on stage, alone. They get heckled. They have awkward silences. Often they bomb. Then they drive home alone. And do the same the following night. The one thing they have in common is that they keep going. In this session, Stuart’ll teach you how they cultivate their resilience.
This talk is suited to executives but would benefit anyone who wants to discover a public persona which is resonant and real, rooted deeply in their self, but which is flexible enough to accommodate difficult people and situations.
We cover consistency, managing risk, and selecting what to share, as well as examining the difference between specific high profile comedians: who they are is very different, but how they are is more similar.
"We booked Stuart Goldsmith to deliver his talk on resilience at our first face to face company event after lockdown. Stuart was brilliant; he nailed the brief, and the balance of meaningful content and humour was perfect for our audience. I’d recommend him to anyone looking for an uplifting and engaging speaker, especially if you are looking for something more original and entertaining than the usual ‘motivational talks’."
"Stuart was excellent and the feedback I have received from the team has been really positive. I am delighted with how the session went and we definitely made the right choice. The topic was very on point and resonated really well with the group, and without question, Stuart delivered it incredibly well. I (and the team) were really impressed that Stuart could hold the audience with such engagement in a virtual environment for his 45 minute session – the time flew by!"
"Thinking about resilience, there's nobody better to work with than Stu. You don't get a boring training experience; you get real, gritty content that really helps develop this skill. People love working with Stu because he's high energy, he's exciting, he makes it fun and we all learn something."
"We enjoyed our session with Stu so much! It was an enlightening and emboldening talk that gave us lots of clear tools, tips and tricks to take away and build on our resilience, not just in the workplace but in life. Stu did a great job of keeping the group virtually engaged and in particular we were very impressed with his responses during the interactive Q&A session. We received some excellent feedback from the team such as: ‘it was most inspiring talk I have had in years’ and ‘brilliantly useful with really insightful and hands-on tips’. Highly recommended, thank you Stu!"
“I found [the presentation] thought provoking, relatable and practical – some brilliant takeaway points which I’ve been able to adopt. It’s opened up topics of conversation within the team about the notion of how we bounce back – our practical and emotional response to those times we feel we fall short. Really enjoyed how Stuart sparked that thinking, whilst making it a thoroughly entertaining session. I was fully engaged in the middle of a very busy week! Thanks!”
"It was so refreshing to listen to Stu’s observations on resilience at our mini away day, after what has been a difficult year for so many. He was absolutely brilliant and his advice on being intentional, building your strategy and sharing your struggles resonated strongly with various members of the team. Those present all pass on their thanks and glowing praise. Stu’s engaging style and personality really shone through and kept us all hooked throughout the session. I know I am not the only person who was disappointed when it was time for Stu to leave us. I will wholeheartedly recommend Stu’s comedy insights as a must to colleagues and friends."
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"Stuart's talk on resilience was thoroughly enjoyable and relatable, and included lots of valuable takeaways. It prompted all of us to reflect more deeply on where we need resilience in our working lives, and it led to some open and vulnerable discussions. The chance to connect with colleagues on an emotional level in a way that felt natural and unforced was very powerful."
"A funny and impactful session on resilience, with plenty of interesting content and new perspectives from the comedy world. Everyone in the team left with some fresh ideas and the humour gave us a real morale boost!"
"We wanted an external speaker for an internal conference, Stuart was an excellent choice. His talk on Resilience is relevant for everyone, and it coming from the unique perspective of a comedian made it extremely engaging, relatable and impactful, leaving us with tools to help us as individuals think differently. Stuart was an excellent speaker, his delivery was so professional and yet personable. We received so much positive feedback from the team."
“Stu opened our team away day by bringing energy and an unexpected perspective into the room. He delivered a highly engaging session that was different from any typical corporate session on resilience, setting the tone and content for some meaningful conversations about what resilience really means in our industry.”
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