Born in Newcastle, John became Deaf at the age of 3 and half after contracting meningitis.
John Smith is a profoundly Deaf BSL user. Following on from his hugely successful, first stand up appearance late in 2005, John has moved into bigger and bigger audiences, entertaining in Deaf clubs and theatres countrywide and across Europe . Using his experiences of growing up Deaf in a hearing world John brings his observations to life, engaging his audience in hours of laughter and reflection.
Covering topics such as Current Deaf issues, Deaf politics and school life, John offers an amusing and fascinating insight into being Deaf and the world of British Sign Language.
He has been on TV programmes such as BBCs See Hear, Irelands afternoon television show RTE, Doctors BBC 1 (Actor Supporting Role) and had many recorded interviews.
He has also had many interviews for newspapers, The Guardian being his most recent. All have been very positive about his acts.