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Like Rob’s Bottom? Why not come and see him on tour?

As seen on Ben Elton’s hit BBC2 Shakespeare sitcom ‘Upstart Crow’ Standup Rob Rouse is coming to (Venue & Name of Town) on (Date of Show) with his new stand up show “Are You Sitting Comfortably?”

Rob Rouse’s ‘Bottom’ received a warm welcome with viewers and critics alike on Elton’s keenly anticipated ‘Upstart Crow’ which first aired in the spring of 2016 and was recently voted ‘Best new sitcom’ on the British Comedy Guide. Rob is currently recording series two, playing William Shakespeare’s manservant, alongside David Mitchell, Harry Enfield, Mark Heap, Paula Wilcox, Gemma Whelan, Liza Tarbuck and Spencer Jones. The BBC2 show has catapulted the stand up comic back into the limelight. which will hit our screens this Spring 2017 – just as Rob heads out on his 4th National Stand up Tour.

One of comedy’s most lively, loveable and dynamic performers, Rob won Channel 4’s Prestigious So You Think You’re Funny competition at the Edinburgh Festival in way back in 1998. He’s one of our best comic storytellers, has performed all over the world and works long form narratives into hard-hitting, uncompromising hilarious tales filled with warmth and a sense of compassion for our collective human frailties.

The Ex-Geography teacher has been described critically as “A born clown”, those who really know him may lovingly use the word ‘idiot’. Either way, Rob takes this trademark comedic storytelling to a career high in this show, as he leads us on an irresistibly hilarious journey of enforced introspection and inspired rantings, it’s a real roller-coaster of a show in which he is forced to relinquish any attempts to control his life and to face down literally one of the most awkward situations you’re ever likely to hear about.

You may also recognise him from 8 out of 10 cats, Spoons, The Friday Night Project, Celebrity Juice, Dave’s One night stand, John Bishop’s Only Joking, Live at the Comedy store, maybe collecting one of his wife’s eBay purchases from your garage or perhaps seen him at one of his 8 Edinburgh fringe shows or 3 UK tours. So, come and see him do what he does best; honest, frank, seriously funny stand-up.

Rob also does a weekly podcast with his wife Helen. ‘Rob and Helen’s Datenight Podcast’ is free each week on iTunes and Podbean. As far as they’re aware, it’s the only comedy podcast made by a married couple. With both kids now at school and a little more time on their hands, it’s often a time that a couple can grow apart, so each week Rob and Helen go on dates ranging from the bizarre to the frankly mundane and make a delightfully daft podcast about it. So far, they’ve been dancing, horse riding, dove wrangling, recorded an incendiary version of Rage Against The Machine’s ‘Killing in The Name’ and stripped butt raw in front of the fire for an impromtu Life-drawing session, to name but a few. You can subscribe to the podcast here.

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PRAISE FOR ROB:

“He’s a man with genuinely funny bones”  THE SUNDAY TIMES

“Rob Rouse is a born clown, a latter-day Stan Laurel” TIME OUT

“The tears of laughter came in floods… a sustained piece of observational storytelling which just peaked and peaked…  he is prepared to go to the bleakest and most uncomfortable places….the real reason is simply that he is a great storyteller, of the kind who is able to blur the boundaries between fact and fiction to get at the truths of life and death which lie behind their tale.” THE SCOTSMAN

‘Every single one of these everyday observations and shared recognitions is blown out of the mainstream by his electric-shock treatment of the material…You want to hug his brain for coming up with this stuff, even as you want to wash his mouth out with soap for saying it.’ THE HERALD

★★★★★ “Comedy guaranteed to lighten even the darkest of moods… always a step ahead of your expectations…” EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS
★★★★★ “Bursting with originality, energy and enthusiasm, Rob Rouse is a delirious but hilarious man” THE LIST
★★★★★ “Frankly brilliant” SUCHSMALLPORTIONS.COM
★★★★★“Hilarious, well-performed and incredibly endearing” PUBLIC REVIEWS
★★★★ “Just go and see it” THE SUNDAY TIMES
★★★★ “Belly Laugh funny” THE HERALD
★★★★ “Brilliant, uplifting fun” CHORTLE
★★★★ “Hilarious” THE ARTS DESK
★★★★ “Eye-wateringly hilarious” THE LIST
“He’s a man with genuinely funny bones”  THE SUNDAY TIMES
★★★★ “Left the audience in a giggling slobbering heap” EDINBURGH FESTIVAL MAGAZINE

Rob is available for all radio and press interviews features or articles. All photos available on request in larger formats if needed.

Television credits include:

Dave’s One Night Stand Dave
Celebrity Juice ITV2
Batteries Not Included Dave
And Then You Die UKTV
Comedy Shuffle with Rob Rouse BBC3
8 Out of Ten Cats Channel 4
Grown Ups BBC3
Guilty Pleasures BBC3
Spoons Channel 4
The Friday Night Project Channel 4
Tunnel of Love ITV
Bognor or Bust ITV
The Bunk Bed Boys BBC3
The Pilot Show E4/Channel 4
Brain Candy BBC Choice
House of Astonishment Channel 5
Sean Locke’s 15 Storey High BBC2
Terrorville BBC Play UK
Pornorama Channel 4

Film credits include:

Penelope dir. by Mark Palansky (2006)

Radio credits include:

The Big and Daft Radio Show BBC London Radio
The 99p Challenge BBC Radio 4
Sean Locke’s 15 Storey’s High BBC Radio 4

Stage credits include:

The Great Escape National Tour, March-June 2011

The Great Escape Edinburgh Festival 2010

My Family and the Dog that Scared Jesus April – July 2010 National tour

My Family and the Dog that Scared Jesus Edinburgh Festival 2009

Melbourne Comedy Festival 2004

Soho Theatre 2003
Edinburgh Festival 2002/2003
The Big Daft Christmas Show Edinburgh Festival 2001
The Comedy Network UK Universities Tour 2000/2001/2002
Big and Daft in Space Edinburgh Festival 2000
The Big and Daft Comedy Show Edinburgh Festival 1999
The Comedy Zone (compere) Edinburgh Festival 1999

Awards

Winner of ‘So You Think You’re Funny’ 1998