As one of the fastest rising comics in the UK, Rod Woodward is incredibly versatile with exceptional delivery and material, attracting the praise of some of the most respected names and critics on the comedy circuit. He puts his rave reviews down to his act which is a mixture of traditional comedy, alternative and the downright zany – a style that appeals right across the board. Subsequently he is in great demand for corporate events
Rod Woodward: Comedian
Award-winning comedian Rod Woodward has come a long way since his stand-up career began as a studio audience warm-up man for ITV Wales.A finalist in the prestigious So You Think You’re Funny competition at the The Edinburgh Fringe in his first year as a professional, Rod started to receive plaudits from such luminaries as Peter Kay and Barry Cryer.
After a successful solo run in Edinburgh, where he also wrote and presented the BBC 2W television series A Bit Off The Fringe, he fronted his own radio show, Doing It For A Laugh (BBC Radio Wales) and one off TV special Am I Talking To You? (BBC 1 Wales). He was named Best Newcomer Variety and won the BBC Wales comedy competition Funny Business.
Royal Variety show
Then followed a real career highlight; being invited to appear at the London Palladium before William and Kate, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, on the Royal Variety Performance in 2014. His barnstorming performance led to a successful debut tour and a return to the iconic theatre for an appearance on ITV’s hit show Tonight At The London Palladium where he once again brought the house down. He completed a hat-trick on the greatest stage on earth when he joined the very elite group of entertainers who have been invited back to the Royal Variety Performance, once again raising the Palladium roof in the presence of Harry and Meghan. Soon after they retired from public duties – not that he’s taking any credit for that!
Boxing Warm Up
He performed at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas ahead of Joe Calzaghe’s super fight with Bernard Hopkins and to celebrate Cardiff City reaching the FA Cup final. Rod wrote and performed comedy song ‘Do The Ayatollah,’ backed by more than 100 Bluebirds fans. Set to the tune of the Macarena, it was a You Tube sensation and was featured on network radio and television shows, including Soccer AM and GMTV.
More recently he was invited to host Max Boyce’s 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Wales Millennium Centre and appear on a St. David’s Day special on Welsh television.
The highlight of Rod’s career was being invited to perform at the London Palladium before William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, on the Royal Variety Performance.
Rod Woodward: Hobbies
Rod’s hobbies include swimming, playing the piano and, until an injury, playing football: he broke his leg and lost his anterior cruciate ligament during a five-a-side tournament.
Since the premature (though some would say not a moment too soon) end of his soccer career he has had to settle for the gentler sport of golf and is a member of Llanishen and Ridgeway Golf Clubs as well as the Variety Club Golf Society.
He is still a keen sports enthusiast and has supported Everton since his father covered the 1984 FA Cup Final; and brought him back a Watford hat (which he bought prior the game) before Everton went on to win. By default Rod instantly became a blue nose. Fickle!
Award-winning comedian Rod Woodward is the son of eminent Welsh sports writer, Karl Woodward, who recently retired as the longest serving member of the National newspaper of Wales, The Western Mail. He had planned to follow his Dad and take up a career in the media but, when offered a job as a studio audience warm up man at HTV Wales, took a year out from university to pursue his childhood ambition of becoming a professional comedian. The rest is Geography!
Rod Woodward enjoys listening to jazz and popular music. His favourite singer is Frank Sinatra, who he believes is the greatest entertainer of all time. Rod performed vocals in an Old Blue Eyes tribute concert to raise money for Welsh charity Bobath Cymru; and recently repeated the performance some two years later. Clearly they were in no rush to hear his dulcet tones again.
He attributes his musical taste to his grandfather. Who was an aficionado of the Great American Songbook, and is delighted to see the huge renaissance of this genre; thanks to the likes of Michael Buble, Jamie Cullum, Rod Stewart, Westlife and Robbie Williams.
Rod Woodward: Comedy Heroes
His comic heroes include Robin Williams, George Carlin, Jerry Seinfeld, Bob Monkhouse, Dave Allen, Billy Connolly, and Richard Pryor. Rod is also a member of a pub quiz team; and is an expert on Greek mythology as long as the answer is Percius. His ambition is to play piano like George Shearing.
His career continues to go from strength to strength with successful tour dates and TV appearances; and even a foray into the movie industry with several of his full length feature scripts now in production.
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