Stuart Goldsmith – Keynote Speaker

Internationally award-winning comedian, writer, podcaster, host, speaker and comedy expert

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Specialist Subjects

  • Resilience
  • Authenticity
  • Comedian


  • English


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.

Popular Talks by Stuart Goldsmith


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.

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