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Doc Brown

Doc BrownBen “Doc Brown” Smith began his career in 2000 as a battle rapper, competing in live events. From Spring to winter 2007 Smith himself has cited that he experienced elements of depression , feeling unable to return to the underground rap scene having as he put it in a 2010 interview “had a taste of honey.”

A chance phone call from former BBC Radio 1 host and comedy writer Danny Robins, for whom Brown had previously written some spoof music, led to Doc Brown working as a script consultant on Robins’ BBC Radio 4 sitcom “Rudy’s Rare Records,”  a vehicle for veteran UK comedian Lenny Henry. This eventually led to walk on roles and more editing and writing work on other Radio 4 comedy shows, including “Music Therapy” and “Look Away Now”.

Encouraged by producers at the BBC, Doc Brown attended an BBC industry gig in January 2008 at a small venue in London’s Great Portland Street name The Albany, where he performed a comic song and told an anecdote regarding being the first rapper to work for Radio 4. By his own admissions in an interview from 2009, Smith claimed he “ran out of things to say” and called for the audience to offer words, names and places, with which he improvised a comic rap. According to Smith, the venue managers were impressed and invited him to perform a short set at a late night variety show named “Spank!”

Doc Brown then entered a national talent competition for comedians called “So You Think You’re Funny?” and his third ever stand up gig was in the first round of the competition in spring 2008 at the Hobgoblin Pub in Forest Hill, South East London. Smith eventually made the last eight at the grand final in Edinburgh that August, an event in which by his own admission he “froze up,” delivering what he saw as a disappointing performance.

Regardless, the performance led to interest from bookers, and Doc Brown began a new incarnation as a professional Stand up Comedian in October 2008. Since then he has performed at the prestigious Tartan Ribbon event at the Edinburgh Festival, debuted his own one man show “Unfamous” which sold out its run at both the Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh and London’s Soho Theatre. He also gave a one off performance of Unfamous at the Elgar rooms in the Royal Albert Hall in March 2011. In April 2011 Doc Brown was invited to take the show to the Melbourne International Festival for one month.

Doc Brown on Television and Film

Since moving into the world of Comedy, Doc Brown has taken on various roles in front of and behind the camera in both Film and Television. As an actor he has played roles in the acclaimed BBC series “Rev” and “Miranda”, as well as Channel 4’s ”The Inbetweeners”. Smith also provided voices for the characters Budge and Koggs on the cult CBBC series “Big Babies” for which he also sang the theme tune.

In Film he has played a role in Ben Miller’s “Huge” as well as a co-starring role in the thriller “Other Side of the Game”. Smith is also credited as a songwriter on the Joe Cornish-directed film Attack the Block. The character “Hi Hatz” is often seen and heard playing songs he has recorded. These were written and recorded by Smith and re-voiced by the actor Jumayn Hunter.

Doc Brown is currently shooting a 13 part teen comedy-drama for the BBC called “The Four O’clock Club”, on which Doc Brown is the co-creator, co writer, co-star and musical director. Smith runs his own production company named Bust-A-Gut Ltd, which- whilst focusing on television and film- has also re-released the back catalogue of his music.

Smith is married with two children and is the younger brother of novelist and essayist Zadie Smith. He also has a younger brother Luke who is a professional rapper performing under the name Luc Skyz.

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