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Interview: Rhod Gilbert on his The Book of John tour

The Welsh comedian opens up about his first tour in seven years.

After a seven-year break from doing stand-up, earlier this year Rhod Gilbert began his huge tour, The Book of John.

“What was I thinking, leaving it so long?” Rhod asks. “I am loving being back on the road, after seven years away from live-stand up. It’s a right laugh. We already added some extra dates and with most of the shows already sold out, it’s time to stick in some more shows and extend the tour into 2020.”

Filmed backstage before his debut show at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Rhod opens up on how this new tour is his most personal yet, why he’s enjoying stand-up comedy for the first time in his career, and why he owes his return to a man called John. Watch the full interview above.


Born in Carmarthen, Wales, Gilbert first got into professional comedy back in 2002 after he participated in the Amused Moose Stand and Deliver course, which he credits his girlfriend for pushing him to do.

Soon after, he began winning several talent competitions and in 2005, he did his first solo show at Edinburgh Fringe Festival called 1984 which was nominated for the Perrier Newcomer award.

He has since completed numerous tours around the UK as well as appeared multiple times at Edinburgh Fringe.

A regular on TV screens, Rhod has had eight series of his own hit BBC show, Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience, where he has attempted a number of different jobs. He has performed twice for the Royal Family on the Royal Variety Performance and has appeared three times on Live at the Apollo.

Take a look at him performing on the show below:

He has also regularly hosted Have I Got News for You and has made regular guest appearances on panel shows QI, Would I Lie to You? and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

Last year Rhod presented a documentary for the BBC on social anxiety called Stand Up to Shyness. 

The comedian brings his new The Book of John tour to venues across the UK through to April 2020.

Here’s his full tour schedule.

21 August 2019 – EICC, Edinburgh
22 August 2019 – EICC, Edinburgh
23 August 2019 – EICC, Edinburgh
24 August 2019 – EICC, Edinburgh
25 August 2019 – EICC, Edinburgh
18 September 2019 – Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells
19 September 2019 – Halls, Dorking
20 September 2019 – Auditorium, Grimsby
21 September 2019 – City Hall, Newcastle
6 October 2019 – Concert Hall, Aberystwyth
9 October 2019 – Opera House, Buxton
10 October 2019 – Lyceum, Crewe
11 October 2019 – City Hall, Sheffield
12 October 2019 – The Cresset, Peterborough
15 October 2019 – Corn Exchange, Bedford
16 October 2019 – Waterside, Aylesbury
18 October 2019 – Charter Hall, Colchester
19 October 2019 – Lighthouse, Poole
20 October 2019 – Guildhall, Portsmouth
4 November 2019 – Royal & Derngate, Northampton
6 November 2019 – Sands, Carlisle
7 November 2019 – Venue Cymru, Llandudno
8 November 2018 – Barbican, York
13 November 2019 – City Hall, Salisbury
14 November 2019 – Fairfield Halls Concert Hall, Croydon
16 November 2019 – Parr Hall, Warrington
17 November 2019 – Royal Hall, Harrogate
29 November 2019 – Hippodrome, Bristol
30 November 2019 – The Anvil, Basingstoke
1 December 2019 – Orchard Theatre, Dartford
3 December 2019 – Town Hall, Cheltenham
4 December 2019 – Symphony Hall, Birmingham
5 December 2019 – G Live, Guildford
12 December 2019 – Pavilions, Plymouth
13 December 2019 – New Theatre, Oxford

2 February 2020 – Empire, Liverpool
15 February 2020 – Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone
16 February 2020 – Brighton Dome
22 February 2020 – De Montfort Hall, Leicester
23 February 2020 – Engine Shed, Lincoln
24 February 2020 – Arena, St Albans
29 February 2020 – Lakes Leisure Centre, Kendal
1 March 2020 – The Lowry, Salford
4 March 2020 – Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
5 March 2020 – Town Hall, Leeds
6 March 2020 – Victoria Theatre, Halifax
8 March 2020 – Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
12 March 2020 – Olympia, Dublin
13 March 2020 – Opera House, Cork
28 March 2020 – G Live, Guildford
29 March 2020 – Marlowe, Canterbury
30 March 2020 – Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
2 April 2020 – Grove Theatre, Dunstable
3 April 2020 – Villa Marina, Isle Of Man
4 April 2020 – Royal Spa Centre, Leamington Spa
6 April 2020 – Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
19 April 2020 – Pavilion, Weymouth
20 April 2020 – Octagon, Yeovil
21 April 2020 – Hexagon, Reading
22 April 2020 – Pavilion, Bournemouth


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