WITH award-winning sell-out tours, DVD success and TV appearances to name but a few, Welsh wonder Rhod Gilbert is back on the road with a new show that will descend into Skegness next week.
Some may know him for his stand-up rants on life’s minor irritations, but this year Rhod will be a more mellow fellow altogether, as he tells the tale of how he let someone tattoo a Batternburg on him when he appears at the Embassy Theatre, Skegness on October 24.
Speaking earlier this month to the Standard, Rhod said he was enjoying his tour but couldn’t actually remember if he’d ever been to Skegness before.
In his defence, Rhod said: “I do hundreds of dates and I can’t remember where I’ve been, they all start to blur into one unless something untoward happens or there’s a particular heckle.”
On his new show, The Man With The Flaming Battenberg Tattoo, Rhod said it’s a totally new show with a fresher outlook which would include some of the ‘usual me’ but with less ranting and raving.
And he said the reason for the more relaxed outlook was all because of the ‘flaming battenburg tattoo’.
But, not wanting to give too much away, he said: “It changed my life and it was one stupid heat of the moment thing - it’s a two hour story which goes into how I got it.”
Despite living out of a suitcase for the best part of eight months and the realisation that the tour could have been wrapped up in two weeks if he’d stuck to arenas, Rhod says he was determined to do more intimate gigs, appearing at theatres and smaller venues across the country.
“It’s not for everyone [suitcase living]. I’ve been touring since April 6 and it will end in December. I think I will be a little stir crazy by the end, so who knows what the audience are in for in Skegness.
“It’s the most fun I’ve had with a show but I feel more relaxed than ever.”
In fact, audiences will have the pleasure of seeing one of the UK’s top talents, who has been a regular on prime time television for years.
He’s appeared twice on Live at The Apollo and been seen on programmes such as Have I Got News For You and Never Mind The Buzzcocks with other comedic legends.
Fans might also remember him appearing on The Royal Variety Performance and panel shows such as 8 out of 10 Cats, Would I Lie to You and Room 101.
Plus, in 2010, Rhod hosted his own series on BBC One called Ask Rhod Gilbert, which was set in a panel style question and answer session.
Rhod set about answering questions from the far-fetched to the most ordinary concerns with his guests Greg Davies and Lloyd Langford.
The show received good ratings and Rhod appeared the following autumn with another eight shows.
When asked earlier this month if Rhod ever adds bits to his live shows, he said no as it ‘would go on forever and ever’ and he was confident with his new tour and if guests wanted a bit more of Rhod for longer, they could pause and rewind his rants on his DVDs.
Back in 2009 Rhod released his live DVD entitled Rhod Gilbert & The Award-winning Mince Pie which received high chart success.
In 2010 Rhod’s second DVD was released, Rhod Gilbert & The Cat That Looked Like Nicholas Lyndhurst, and Rhod’s current show The Man With The Flaming Batternburg Tattoo is due for release on DVD in November.
Despite performing at a whole host of top gigs such as the Edinburgh Festival each year since 2005, taking part at the Help For Heroes concert in Twinckenham in 2010 and doing stand-up in London’s O2 Arena at the Comedy Gala in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital, Rhod is still enjoying his touring, and will be on the road with his latest show until December 12.
And Rhod’s talents, don’t end there, he previously recording his own radio show on BBC Radio 2 which was broadcast in 2010. He also presents Saturday morning slots on BBC Wales and is proud to promote his Welsh pride.
Tickets for his stand-up show on Wednesday, October 24, cost £27 and are available from The Embassy Theatre Box Office on 0845 674 0505. The show starts at 8pm.