Since trying to answer all the questions in his own panel show, the Welsh comic has gone off in search of work experience – trying his hand as a butler and a drag artist and almost everything in between. He’s also undertaken vast nationwide tours, posing as The Man With The Flaming Battenberg Tattoo and accompanied by the Cat That Looked Like Nicholas Lyndhurst.


Rhod Gilbert’s battles against bad luck and misunderstanding strike a chord with any audience – making the Welshman one of the most compelling comic talents to have emerged for years. He has been nominated for both the newcomer and main Edinburgh awards, and won the BBC New Comedy Award.

Rhod’s quick-fire wit combines with a downtrodden view of a world which seems focused on making his life difficult. His unique take on things has seen him become a huge live draw with increasingly surreally titled tours including Rhod Gilbert and the Award-Winning Mince Pie, and Rhod Gilbert and the Cat That Looked Like Nicholas Lyndhurst.

On TV Rhod has presented his own unusual take on the panel show with Ask Rhod Gilbert, and taken on jobs from refuse collector to drag artist, zookeeper to school teacher, model to wedding planner in Rhod Gilbert's Work Experience.

Rhod has also appeared on Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week, 8 Out of 10 Cats, and Never Mind The Buzzcocks (which he went on to permanently host). He’s often heard on Radios 2 and 4, with his own shows on the former and appearing on Just A Minute, Heresy and The Unbelievable Truth on the latter. He has also been the voice of the Welsh Tourist Board and presented his own popular show on BBC Radio Wales.

As well as headlining around the UK, Rhod has taken his deadpan routine all over the world from Canada to Taiwan. He’s even appeared in Iraq, where he performed for British troops in one of Saddam Hussein’s former palaces.


Rhod Giblert in Performance at JLA The Real Variety Show


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