Rhod Gilbert is a Welsh comedian who was nominated in 2005 for the Perrier Best Newcomer Award. In 2008, he was nominated for the main if.comedy award (as the Edinburgh Comedy Awards were then branded). Gilbert appears on television and radio panel shows, has performed stand-up on the Royal Variety Performance, and hosts a weekly show on BBC Radio Wales. On 29 September 2014, Gilbert started presenting the BBC Two panel show Never Mind the Buzzcocks, ending a run of five series without a permanent host. However, the show was axed by the BBC in May 2015.
Gilbert got into professional comedy in 2002, after taking part in the Amused Moose Stand Up and Deliver course, but only “thanks to a girlfriend’s constant nagging”. Within 18 months, Gilbert had already won several different talent competitions and was nominated for the Perrier Newcomer award for his first solo show in 2005 at Edinburgh Fringe entitled 1984. He has since performed worldwide.
Many of Gilbert’s stories are drawn from real life events, and his life in the wholly fictionalised village of Llanbobl. In 2008, Gilbert wrote a sitcom about life in Llanbobl, which featured on BBC Radio 2. In his 2006 Edinburgh Fringe show Knocking on Heaven’s Door, Gilbert told stories from his life, weighing up whether he would be admitted to heaven. His 2007 show, Who’s Eaten Gilbert’s Grape? saw Gilbert return to Llanbobl and pick up the story following the 1984 show narrative.
His 2008 show, Rhod Gilbert and the Award-Winning Mince Pie, saw Gilbert question his sanity, his career and his life after suffering a mental breakdown brought on by the award-winning mince pie at a motorway services. On 17 December 2008, he appeared at the 80th Royal Variety Performance.
On 18 and 19 June 2009, Gilbert made the last performances of Rhod Gilbert and the Award-Winning Mince Pie show at the Bloomsbury Theatre, which was recorded and released as a DVD on 16 November 2009. The DVD also contains several special features, including his infamous rant about lost luggage, outtakes from the performance and a mockumentary called Back To Llanbobl in which Gilbert shows the viewer around his fictional home town.
Gilbert’s 2009/10 show, entitled Rhod Gilbert and the Cat That Looked Like Nicholas Lyndhurst, was announced on 5 April. The show previewed around the UK in small venues, before being performed at the Edinburgh Festival. The show toured UK theatres from September 2009. The tour included dates at many prestigious theatres such as London’s HMV Hammersmith Apollo. A DVD of the tour was released on 15 November 2010.
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