A New York native, Montreal based powerhouse of hilarity DeAnne Smith knew she wanted to be a comedian at age eleven as she watched Live at the Improv in the living room with her dad. After just 16 short years of repressing her dream DeAnne exploded onto Montreal’s comedy scene in 2005.
With her 2008 debut solo show Shouting Over Drunks, DeAnne turned heads, earning a Best Newcomer nomination in the 2008 Canadian Comedy Awards, even touring the show internationally to take out the title of Time Out Best Newcomer at Sydney Comedy Festival. In 2009 DeAnne was chosen to represent Montreal at the internationally renowned invitation only Just For Laughs Festival.
Since that auspicious Sydney Comedy Festival Best Newcomer title, DeAnne hasn’t let up, and every year since she’s traded Montreal’s winter for warm Australian climes and an Australian tour. DeAnne kicked off again in 2009 with a nomination for Best Established Comedian at Adelaide Fringe (in her first year!), and in 2010 returned with the Time Out Sydney Critics Choice five-star reviewed Ballsy, which was later named Time Out’s #3 Comedy Show of 2010. In 2010 DeAnne was also invited to Adelaide’s Feast Festival and the Hobart Comedy Festival. And, in 2011, DeAnne was nominated for the prestigious Barry Award for Best Show at Melbourne International Comedy Festival for her show About Freakin’ Time.
Back in Montreal, she’s no slob either. DeAnne’s currently a nominee for Best Female Comedian in the 2011 Canadian Comedy Awards, and has been voted one of Montreal’s top 4 comedians by the Montreal Mirror every year since 2007. In 2010 and 2011 she proudly took it to #3.
Internationally, DeAnne has appeared on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and The Comedy Network. She is a regular contributor to the online magazine Autostraddle. In Australia she’s one of the more regular international guests on Good News Week, and has been heard regularly on Triple J whether it’s with The Doctor, on Hack, or on Drive.
In August 2011 DeAnne has been invited to make her Edinburgh debut at the prestigious Gilded Balloon, presenting her new show DeAnne Smith: The Best DeAnne Smith DeAnne Smith Can Be.
DeAnne returns to Australia in 2012 with a new show.