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Monday, 17th October, 2016 at 6:13 pm
Very excited to announce that after a far too long break, I am returning to my fifth love, stand up. I’m starting with just a handful of dates at venues I can drive home from (no, really, that’s the reason they were chosen) and will add more in the fullness of time. Rather than one humongous Mega Tour, I Am Standing Up will take the form of a few weeks here and a few weeks there over the next couple of years and will hopefully bring me to your town or a town near you. If you live in the UK, as it stands in October 2016, there’s a good chance I’ll get to you.
See you out there…
Monday, 19th January, 2015 at 3:47 pm
Hello readers, please say if these blogs are coming too thick and fast…
Thanks for the response via Twitter to the various appearances around Christmas, the Would I Lie To You? special, Tim Rice:A Life In Song and Michael McIntyre’s Very Christmassy Christmas Show. All of which were fun but it was only Michael’s show that resulted in a free turkey from Jamie Oliver in compensation for the cranberry juice and shirt incident. I’m currently in training for the new series of Would I Lie To You?, this involves sitting in a swivel chair and looking to the right while laughing, then looking to the left while laughing. Preparations are coming along well in readiness for recordings at Pinewood which begin towards the end of February. I imagine the tickets are all gone but if not there’ll be some left.
Friday, 8th February, 2013 at 1:53 pm
Hello web site enthusiasts! My incessant blogging continues apace… You find me just returned from Uganda and a trip with Comic Relief to report on the work that is being done there to help reduce the many needless deaths from, amongst others, malaria. I visited a remote hospital where the conditions were pretty unbelievable and heartbreaking. We made a few little films and they’ll be broadcast on the live show on Red Nose Day which this year is March 15th. I’ll be presenting part of the evening and the programme will be the last live broadcast from TV Centre before it gives in to progress and is converted, quite rightly, in to a nail salon.
A Chorus of Disapproval finished on the 5th January, it was a remarkable experience, unlike anything I’d done before. If you took the time to come to London and see the show, many thanks. In a month or so we return to the studio for another series of Would I Lie To You? then in June I head off to film something that’s not been announced yet, although lots of people seem to know it’s happening!
Wednesday, 27th June, 2012 at 9:11 pm
We’re in the studio at Teddington at the moment, recording a third series of The Rob Brydon Show. We’re two shows in and it’s all going swimmingly with great guests and splendid audiences. On the subject of audiences, after every recording I’ll receive tweets from people who’ve come to the show only to be turned away with the explanation that we’re full. Some have travelled from a long way away to see the show and are understandably disappointed and angry. The problem is this, tickets to tv show recordings are free (hurrah) which in theory is wonderful but in practice means that the recipients can’t be relied upon to turn up. Not having spent any money on the tickets means that it’s very easy to say on the day, “the weather’s great, let’s stay at home and have a barbecue/go to the pub/sit and stare at the wall”. For this reason it is traditional for tv companies to send out more tickets than there are seats to fill, so as to safeguard against no shows and avoid the distressing (well, to me…) sight of empty seats. This is terribly unfair on those who arrive once we’re full but is I’m afraid common practice. My only advice is to get to the studio super early or better still wait until it comes on tv, thus avoiding the sight of me banging on about my socks in the warm up. Jokes aside, if you are one of the ones who’ve been turned away on this or any other series you have my heartfelt apologies.
Wednesday, 11th January, 2012 at 11:58 am
Given that it’s already the second week of January, let me be the first to wish you a happy new year and the best of luck as we gear up for Easter. There’s a busy year in prospect with all sorts of fantastically exciting projects and ventures looming and you have my word that this site will be second or third with the news just days after it breaks. Some of this news I already know but am not sure if I’m allowed to say, for example I don’t think it’s been announced that we’re recording more Would I Lie To You? so I’m going to keep quiet about that until I’m told it’s been officially announced.
In the meantime please peruse the FAQ I’ve been toiling over…
Taking a leaf out of the Twitter feed of a friend I have embarked upon compiling a list of Frequently Asked Questions, which should help avoid the horrific possibility of repeating myself more than I already do on Twitter, where I often find myself being asked the same questions and rather than repeat myself will ignore the enquiry, no doubt causing immeasurable hurt to the inquisitor and his/her family.
In no particular order these questions will include…
Do you realise you look like my friend / dad / brother / uncle / teacher / dog?
Unless accompanied by a picture of the said individual then my answer must of course be “no” although it doesn’t surprise me that you think there is a resemblance. I have over the years been told that I am the spitting image of many, many people. They include Sir Edmund Hilary, Anton Du Bec, Ben Miller, Roger Daltrey, Bruce Springsteen, TP McCoy, Jonathan Davies, Hugh Grant*, BA Robertson, Bruce Forsyth, Griff Rhys Jones, a figure in the foreground of a Hogarth drawing and Al Pacino** And Mitt Romney!
*** I fully appreciate that your reaction to these two in particular may be a full throated and violent “In your dreams”. I offer no opinion, I merely report the doppleganger claims as I find them.
I didn’t know you were in First Knight / Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels…
There you go.
Are you really Welsh?
Is there going to be any more Gavin and Stacey?
I don’t know.
What happened on the fishing trip?
I don’t know.
I thought you were taller…
How do you do the Small Man In A Box?
When are you touring again?
No plans at present.
Will there be any more Marion and Geoff?
Would you come to my birthday party / wedding / anniversary?
I’d love to but I’m busy that day.
Do you know I read your Tweets in a Welsh accent?
I suspected as much.