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By Harriet Ernstsons Friday 07 March 2014 Updated: 07/03 10:43
DOWN to earth comedian Rob Beckett has been delighting fans around the country and beyond with his tales of life with a middle class girlfriend.
Now the comic turned presenter is going back on the road and will be stopping off in Redditch during his latest tour.
Standard reporter Harriet Ernstsons caught up with him to find out what audiences can expect.
ROB BECKETT began his career by gigging everywhere and anywhere, soon being picked up to appear in panel shows including 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Mock The Week and Celebrity Juice before trying his hand at presenting on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now.
But now he is returning to gigging live, which he says is his ‘favourite bit of the job’ as it enables us to meet everyone who comes along to see him, something he says he finds amazing.
His inspiration to become a comedian came when he saw a man at a comedy club doing really badly who had not been booed off.
“I thought I can’t be that bad so I would give it a go. I was but I got better. It’s basically a hobby that’s got well out of hand. I did a few gigs and all of a sudden I’m doing all kinds of stuff.”
Despite finding himself shooting to fame with a whirlwind of gigs and television appearances, Rob says the highlight of his career has been being able to pay for his parents to fly out to Australia during his stint on I’m A Celebrity’s spin off show.
“They were so good to me bringing me up so it was great to be able to treat them and bring them out.
“My comedy is stories and observations about me and my family and my girlfriend. It’s funny and silly, I’m not ranting, I’m not mean about anyone.
“It’s something you can bring your nan to or your nieces and nephews. The main aim is you should leave smiling and happier than when you arrived.”
After the tour Rob, who said gigging with Alan Davis - one of his favourite comedians growing up - was ‘weird’ at first, will be focusing on writing and putting all his ideas down on paper.
“When you’re on tour you’re busy running around all over the place, so I’ll be taking some time to do some writing.”
And his advice for comedians starting out? “It’s good to gig as much as possible - any gig, anywhere, any time. For a couple of years I had no life as I was constantly doing it.
“If you had a new job and just did five minutes on a Monday morning it would take you ages to get good at it so do it as much as you can.”
* Tickets for the 8pm show at the Palace Theatre on Tuesday, April 22, are available at www.redditchpalacetheatre.co.uk or from the box office on 01527 65203. Visit www.robbeckettcomedy.com for more information.
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