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Before becoming a comedian, Rouse was a geography teacher. Since winning Channel Four's prestigious 'So You Think You're Funny' competition at the Edinburgh Festival in 1998, an award previously won by Phil Kay, Dylan Moran, Lee Mack, Tommy Tiernan and Peter Kay, he has been a regular performer at major venues on both the London and national circuit.
Rouse started his career in television as a "warm-up" on the hit BBC sitcom Coupling, where he entertained the studio audience between filming.
Rouse starred in the first series of the BBC Three sitcom Grownups and Guilty Pleasures, a new chat show which he hosted. He also has a role (uncredited) in Penelope, a feature film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2006.
His other acting work includes a role in Tunnel of Love, a prime time comedy-drama for ITV and a starring role in the BBC3 sitcom The Bunk Bed Boys. Rouse was also a member of the cast of The Pilot Show for E4.
Rouse first made his name on the live circuit, winning Channel 4's prestigious So You Think You're Funny? competition at the Edinburgh Festival in 1998.
As part of the successful trio Big and Daft, Rouse took three shows to the Edinburgh Festival culminating in 2001 with the sell-out Big and Daft Christmas show. Big and Daft went on to host their own weekend show on BBC London Live.
His 2002 solo Edinburgh show was a sell out, gathering positive reviews. The following year he returned to Edinburgh with another hit show and finished the year with a performance at London's Soho Theatre.
Throughout 2004 Rouse continued touring his live show and performed the Melbourne Comedy Festival.
- The 99p Challenge Panelist
- BBC Radio 4, 2004
- The Trouble with Adam Bloom Performer
- BBC Radio 4, 2003
- The Big and Daft Radio Show Co-Presenter
- BBC London 94.9, Saturdays, 12 - 2pm, Current
- Sean Lock's 15 Storeys High Performer
- BBC Radio 4, 2001
- So You Think You're Funny Winner, Edinburgh Festival, 1998