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THE LIST / WRITERS GUILD AWARD NOMINEE - EDINBURGH 2005
WINNER - CHORTLE BEST BREAKTHROUGH ACT 2005
Rhod Gilbert started stand up in early 2002. In his first eighteen months, he reached the finals of every major new talent competition in the UK and has now emerged as one of the most promising and exciting talents on the UK and international comedy scene. After being singled out by the Sunday Times as "One to watch" in 2005 Rhod went on to scoop the Chortle Award for Best Breakthrough Act and then made a huge splash at the Edinburgh Festival with his hotly anticipated debut show 'Rhod Gilbert's 1984' which earned him a nomination for the prestigious Perrier Newcomer Award and The List Festival Writers Guild Award.
Rhod is now in tremendous demand on the live comedy circuit and headlines regularly in the UK and around the world. Early last year he supported Lee Mack on a nationwide tour, and has been a regular TV warm-up for both BBC Wales and Objective Comedy. In the Autumn of last year, following a sell out, critically acclaimed Edinburgh run, Rhod toured his show 'Rhod Gilbert's 1984' around venues in the UK - and completed a run in London's Soho Theatre.
Further a field, his international profile continues to soar; in 2004 he was invited to perform at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in 'Best of the Edinburgh Fest', a show which subsequently toured Australia, finishing with a sell out week at the Sydney Comedy Store. He was invited back to Australia again last year to perform at the 2005 Melbourne International Comedy Festival and invitations swiftly followed to the prestigious Kilkenny Cat Laughs Festival, where he performed in June 2005, and the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, in July 2005. He was selected to perform at the esteemed televised Britcom Gala in Montreal, performing to a sell-out audience in a star studded salute to British Comedy. He was singled out by all the major press including the Hollywood Reporter, the New York Daily News, The Montreal Gazette and LA's Variety as one of the most promising talents of the festival. He heads back down under in February to perform by invitation, at the 2006 Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and New Zealand Comedy Festivals.
In the last 12 months Rhod has also taken his inimitable stand-up to Ireland, Brussels, Paris and to the Middle and Far East where he performed in Dubai, Doha, Bahrain, Hong Kong and Thailand as well as being the first comedian ever to perform in Taiwan. He has just returned from a tour of Iraq where he spent a week entertaining the British troops performing 10 shows in and around Basra and Baghdad - including one show in Saddam Hussein's former palace.
A 30 minute documentary profile entitled 'Rhod Gilbert Stands Up For Wales' was transmitted on BBC 1, Wales in the autumn of 2005. Exploring Rhod's comedy roots, the documentary followed Rhod on his route to the Edinburgh festival to perform his debut solo show. Other recent TV appearances include 'The Comedy Store' for Paramount and Scottish TV and Paramount's 'Live at the Fringe'. He also appeared at the Bloomsbury Theatre as part of Paramount's impressive 'Edinburgh & Beyond' show. Look out for him as a panellist on the forthcoming new series of 'Never Mind The Buzzcocks' which airs in the Spring. Making waves in the world of radio, he recently joined Lee Mack on BBC Radio 2's 'Edinburgh Nights' and was also invited to join Paul Merton as a panellist on BBC Radio 4's 'Just A Minute'.
Following this success as a stand-up, TV and radio personality, he was chosen as the 'Voice of Wales'. Following in the footsteps of Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey, Aled Jones and Charlotte Church, he is currently representing his country in the Welsh Tourist Board's national television advertising campaign. He is also the new voice of the Paramount Comedy Channel, writing and recording links for their evening schedule.
He is currently busy working on several original ideas for TV and Radio.
Rhod performed his hotly anticipated Perrier Nominated debut solo show 'Rhod Gilbert's
1984' at the Pleasance Courtyard. A total sell out with extra shows added due
to public demand.
and Awards - Rhod has won an unprecedented number of UK comedy awards
'Rhod Gilbert Stands Up For Wales' - BBC 1 Wales, October 2005
'Live from the Fringe' - STV and Paramount, August 2005
'Edinburgh Nights' - BBC Radio 2, August 2005
'Just A Minute' - BBC Radio 4, August 2005
'Edinburgh & Beyond' - Paramount, September 2005
'The Comedy Store Series 2004' - Paramount Comedy Channel, October 2004
Host of Paramount's live stand-up weekend 2003
'Four at the Fringe' - BBC Radio 4 2003
'Spanking New' - BBC Radio 7's 2003
'On Show' - BBC Wales 2003
Regular appearances on ITV Anglia's 'Pilau Talk' topical news quiz, 2003/4
"Superb" The Stage
"Excellent" The Independent
"Undoubtedly destined for top billing" Evening Standard
"Hot newcomer one to watch out for in 2005" Sunday Times
"Definite star potential the one they're all talking about" Metro
"Wondrously surreal Gilbert will illuminate the night sky of comedy way into the distant future" Time Out
"Great ideas...delightful images...and for sheer invention, there are few to rival him .a truly original voice, and one that is brilliantly funny in short, one classy comedian" Chortle
REVIEWS FOR 'RHOD GILBERT'S 1984'
"Rhod Gilbert makes me laugh like a pitiless idiot" """" The Scotsman
"A superb one hours set a pure delight" """"The List
"A master of comic control" """" The Times
"No minute is spent without laughing" """""Three Weeks
"Weird and wonderful stories from Gilbert's vivid and wonderfully unconventional imagination" """"Chortle
"You'll be laughing yourself silly" """" Metro
"A thing of beauty an impeccably nuanced set that creeps up and seduces you" Evening Standard
"Mightily funny imagine 'Under Milkwood' rewritten by Spike Milligan additional material by Salvador Dali" Time Out
"A masterpiece of slow-burn surrealism" Evening Standard
"It's laugh out very loud stuff" The Critics Choice Independent on Sunday
of the highlights of the festival this year
really quite remarkable