Arthur Smith is an English alternative comedian and writer.
Smith was born in Bermondsey, south London. His brother is Richard Smith, the medical doctor, editor and businessman. He was a student at The Roan School for Boys, a grammar school, now John Roan School in Black heath, London.
He then studied at the University of East Anglia where he was chairman of the poetry society, wrote for the student newspaper and contributed sketches for the student review. He graduated with a 2:1 BA degree in Comparative Literature in 1976.