Rhod Gilbert

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Not to be confused with Canadian ice-hockey player Rod Gilbert.
Rhod Gilbert
Birth name Rhodri Paul Gilbert
Born (1968-10-18) 18 October 1968 (age 46)
Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, Wales
Medium Stand-up, television, Radio
Nationality British
Years active 2002–present
Genres Observational comedy, Deadpan
Subject(s) Everyday life
Spouse Sian Harries (m. 2013)
Notable works and roles Walk on the Wild Side
Live at the Apollo
Rhod Gilbert's Work Experience
Website rhodgilbertcomedian.com

Rhodri "Rhod" Paul Gilbert (born 18 October 1968) 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 (as the Edinburgh Comedy Awards were then branded).[1]

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.[2]

Since 29 September 2014, Gilbert has been the presenter of BBC Two panel show Never Mind the Buzzcocks, ending a run of five series without a permanent presenter.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Gilbert was born in Carmarthen, Wales, one of three siblings to two teacher parents, and studied languages at Exeter University.[2][4] For the first three weeks, such was his painful shyness that Gilbert was unable to eat with other students in the canteen or even make friends with the student in the next room.[5]

After graduating, Gilbert travelled for a year and a half around Australia and Asia before returning to Carmarthen and working as an admin assistant for the Welsh Office.[5] Gilbert later worked as a qualitative researcher for several market research agencies in London.[2]

Gilbert married his long-term girlfriend Sian Harries in August 2013.[6] They split their time between London and Cardiff.

Career[edit]

Stand-up comedy[edit]

Gilbert got into professional comedy in 2002, after taking part in the Amused Moose Stand Up and Deliver course,[7][8] but only "thanks to a girlfriend’s constant nagging".[5] Within 18 months, Gilbert had already won several different talent competitions[4][9] and was nominated for the Perrier Newcomer award for his first solo show in 2005 at Edinburgh Fringe entitled 1984.[4] He has since performed worldwide.[10]

Many of Gilbert's stories are based around real life events, and his life in the wholly fictionalised village of Llanbobl. Originally invented to ensure an English heckler had nothing real to grasp on to,[11] it has since been geographically defined as being situated between "Wrexham and Holyhead, just north of Newtown, Powys," and a sort of "grown-up Thomas the Tank Engine" location.[1] Gilbert has described the number of audience members that come up to him at the end of shows, and say they have been to Llanbobl for holidays, and even that an English rugby union team "hammered" the Llanbobl team. Gilbert also admitted that he "may have 'accidentally' sent the rugby player that told him on a 7-hour goose-chase" to come back to Llanbobl and meet him. In 2008, Gilbert wrote a sitcom around life in Llanbobl, which featured on BBC Radio 2.[11][12]

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.[13]

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.[14] 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.[15] 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.[16]

On 14 October 2010, Gilbert cancelled a stand up show in Swindon after coming down with pneumonia.[17] In 2011 he is beginning a series of warm-up/new material gigs across the country. One of the first is happening in Penperlleni, as part of the Penperlleni Comedy Festival.

In November 2014 promoter Hils Jago confirmed Rhod would not be performing stand up again as he "doesn't like it very much".[7]

Tours[edit]

  • 1984
  • Knocking on Heaven's Door
  • Who's eaten Gilbert's Grape
  • The Award Winning Mince Pie
  • The Cat That Looked Like Nicholas Lyndhurst
  • The Man with the Flaming Battenberg Tattoo

Stand-Up DVDs[edit]

Title Released Notes
The Award-Winning Mince Pie 16 November 2009 Live at London's Bloomsbury Theatre
The Cat That Looked Like Nicholas Lyndhurst 15 November 2010 Live at London's HMV Hammersmith Apollo
The Man with the Flaming Battenberg Tattoo 19 November 2012 Live at London's HMV Hammersmith Apollo

Television[edit]

Gilbert has appeared three times on the BBC Two panel show Mock the Week, and guest presented two episodes of Never Mind the Buzzcocks in October 2009 and December 2011 before becoming the permanent presenter. Also, he guest hosted an episode of Have I Got News for You in April 2011. Gilbert has also appeared as a guest on Channel 4's 8 out of 10 Cats, and has used his comedy talents to write and narrate BBC Three's 2007 Goals Galore, Pranks Galore, Football Gaffes Galore and TV Gaffes Galore programmes.[2] He has also presented BBC 2W's Rhod Gilbert's Teen Tribes, providing an insight into the teen tribal worlds of "Emos", "Chavs" and "Goths".

Gilbert was Paramount Comedy's continuity writer and announcer between September 2004 and October 2005, providing end-credit voice-overs for their peaktime programme schedule.

In December 2008, Gilbert was signed for an advertising campaign to further promote tourism in Wales[4] and became the official Voice of Wales for the country's tourist-board, fronting the 2009 Visit Wales television advertising.[18]

Gilbert has done reports for the BBC One current affairs/human interest show The One Show.

In November 2008, Gilbert appeared on the BBC's Live at the Apollo as a guest. In December 2009, he hosted the show, introducing fellow comedian John Bishop. On 6 June 2009 Gilbert appeared as the headline act on Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow on BBC One, and he guested on 8 out of 10 Cats on 17 July 2009. He also provided voiceover material for the sketch show Walk on the Wild Side.

On 19 January 2010, Rhod Gilbert's Work Experience aired on BBC One Wales. Zipline Creative Limited worked freelance as producer/directors, editors and also camera and sound on the series for Presentable RDF.[19] The four-part series saw Gilbert attempt a number of jobs including hairdresser, refuse collector, soldier and parent.[20] Following the show's success on BBC One Wales, the series aired nationally on BBC2 from 10 March.

In August 2010, the BBC commissioned eight episodes of Ask Rhod Gilbert following a successful pilot earlier in 2010. The show featured Gilbert, Greg Davies and Lloyd Langford answering random trivia questions, such as 'Who would win in a race, Usain Bolt or a grizzly bear?', posed by the public and celebrities, with additional celebrity guests on the panel.[21] The show ran for two series.[22]

On 7 March 2011, series 2 of Rhod Gilbert's Work Experience began airing on BBC One Wales. In this series Gilbert tried out jobs as a farmer, butler, tattoo artist and firefighter.[23] In January 2012, Gilbert began filming series 3 of the show. It aired on BBC One Wales from 7 May 2012 and saw him take on jobs such as primary school teacher, zookeeper, drag artist and police officer.[24] A fourth series was broadcast in June–July 2013.[22] This series, the jobs were wedding planner, scout leader, tour guide and male model. Gilbert has been asked to return for a fifth series,[6] and the new series was confirmed in March 2014.[25]

Radio[edit]

In 2006, Gilbert hosted the BBC Radio Wales comedy panel show Jest a Minute, live from The Comedy Store in London. The second series of Jest a Minute was recorded in late 2008 in Cardiff's Glee Club, hosted by Gilbert and featuring regular team captains Chris Corcoran and Lloyd Langford, and guests from the comedy circuit such as Elis James, Greg Davies, Lucy Porter and Jon Richardson. A third series was also broadcast.

Gilbert was also the host of BBC Radio 4's 4 Stands Up comedy series which aired in the Autumn of 2008 and has also appeared twice on Radio Four's Just a Minute, Radio 2's Does the Team Think?, and BBC Radio 4's Act Your Age.

In December 2008, a pilot of his sitcom Rhod Gilbert's Leaving Llanbobl was broadcast on BBC Radio Two; the sitcom was written and starred Gilbert and Greg Davies, with additional writing by Sian Harries. Lloyd Langford played Gilbert's amiable younger brother Emrys, Di Botcher played Brenda, a gossipy hairdresser, and Mike Hayward played Gilbert's father Gurnos. The show was produced by Ed Morrish. He has hinted in interviews that the sitcom is likely to move to TV when it is completed as he found that he was "seeing it" as he wrote it.[26]

Gilbert has also made several appearances on the BBC Radio 4 comedy program The Unbelievable Truth.[27][28]

In 2011, Gilbert recorded a radio show for BBC Radio 2 called Rhod Gilbert's Bulging Barrel of Laughs with comedians Lloyd Langford, Greg Davies and Sarah Millican. Each show also featured live music from bands such as Athlete, Scouting for Girls, Kid British and The Hoosiers. It has since been repeated on BBC Radio 4 Extra.[29]

Gilbert also fronts his own radio show, "The Rhod Gilbert Radio Show", broadcast by BBC Radio Wales on Saturdays between 11am and 1pm,[30] often co-hosted by fellow Welsh stand-up comedian Chris Corcoran. Gilbert occasionally covers for Dermot O'Leary's BBC Radio 2 show on Saturdays prompting other broadcasters to cover for him on his own radio show.

Awards[edit]

2002
  • Finalist in So You Think You're Funny.
2003
  • Winner of the Leicester Mercury comedian of the year as part of the Leicester Comedy Festival
  • Winner of the Paramount Gift of the Gag competition
  • Chortle Award nominee for best new act
  • Winner of the BBC New Comedy Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
  • Runner-up in the Hackney Empire New Act of The Year competition
  • Winner of the Metro and Jongleurs Spike Award for New Talent, South East
  • Winner of the National Talent Hunt at the York Festival[31]
2005
  • Chortle award for Best Breakthrough Act
  • Nominated for The List and Writers Guild Comedy Award for "Rhod Gilbert's 1984"
  • Perrier nominated for Best Newcomer for "Rhod Gilbert's 1984."
2006
2008
  • Nominated for the main IF.COM Eddies (formerly Perrier award) at the Edinburgh fringe for "Rhod Gilbert and the Award-winning Mince Pie"
  • Winner of the Time Out 'Comic of the Year'
  • Winner of the Time Out 'Best Show of the Year' for "Rhod Gilbert and the Award-winning Mince Pie"
  • Winner of the Time Out 'Breakthrough Act'
  • Nominated for the Celtic Media awards 'Best Radio Personality' for the "Rhod Gilbert Radio Show" on BBC Radio Wales
2009
  • Nominated for the Times/South Bank Show Awards, 'Breakthrough Act'
  • Winner of Chortle award for 'Best Headliner'
  • Winner of "Comics Comic" Chortle award
  • Nominated for the Chortle award for Best Show for "Rhod Gilbert and the Award-winning Mince Pie"
2010
  • Winner of 'Wales' Sexiest male'

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Armstrong, Stephen (24 August 2008). "Why the if.comedy shortlist is intriguingly short". London: The Times. Retrieved 23 November 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Rhod Gilbert". BBC Wales Arts. Retrieved 23 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "Rhod Gilbert unveiled as new host of Never Mind the Buzzcocks". Herald Scotland. 9 July 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d Malcolm Hay (16 October 2006). "Rhod Gilbert: interview". TimeOut. Retrieved 23 November 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c Correspondent (16 January 2010). "Would the real Rhod Gilbert please stand up". Western Mail. Retrieved 19 January 2010. 
  6. ^ a b [1]
  7. ^ a b http://asktheindustrypodcast.tumblr.com/post/103406217804/hils-jago
  8. ^ http://amusedmoose.com/comedy-courses/absolute-almost-beginners/
  9. ^ Rhod Gilbert's Biography : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide
  10. ^ "Radio Wales – Rhod Gilbert". BBC. 
  11. ^ a b "How Rhod is aiming to put Llanbobl on the map". Western Mail. 24 March 2008. Retrieved 23 November 2009. 
  12. ^ "Rhod Gilbert's Leaving Llanbobl". BBC Radio 2. Retrieved 23 November 2009. 
  13. ^ EABF – Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund / 2008, London Palladium
  14. ^ Play.com: Rhod Gilbert And The Award-Winning Mince Pie
  15. ^ Rhod Gilbert And The Cat That Looked Like Nicholas Lyndhurst
  16. ^ Play.com – Rhod Gilbert And The Cat That Looked Like Nicholas Lyndhurst
  17. ^ TV comic Rhod forced to pull out of Oasis gig
  18. ^ Rhod Gilbert to front Wales tourism ads – suchsmallportions.com
  19. ^ Zipline Creative Limited
  20. ^ Rhod Gilbert tries out other jobs for a new tv series
  21. ^ Hot Rhod... – Chortle.co.uk
  22. ^ a b [2]
  23. ^ [3]
  24. ^ [4]
  25. ^ Fifth series of Rhod Gilbert's Work Experience confirmed 14 March 2014.
  26. ^ Si Hawkins. "Circuit Training 7: The Word of Rhod". The British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 7 January 2010. 
  27. ^ The Unbelievable Truth Series 4, Episode 1
  28. ^ The Unbelievable Truth Series 4, Episode 4
  29. ^ [5]
  30. ^ "Rhod Gilbert BBC radio show". BBC Radio Wales. Retrieved 23 November 2009. 
  31. ^ Comedy CV – The UK's largest collection of comedians biogs and photos
  32. ^ "Rhod Gilbert". Lancashire Telegraph. 

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