Rhod Gilbert talks about Battenbergs, life on the road and his forthcoming show in Halifax

Rhod Gilbert
Rhod Gilbert

After six months on tour, Rhod Gilbert is craving a home-cooked meal.

But all he keeps getting handed is cake.

Its got so bad, the comedian has been giving piles of the sweet treat to charities.

To be fair, his show is called The Man with the Flaming Battenberg Tattoo - it’s no wonder fans think he is has a sweet tooth.

Coming to The Victoria Theatre in Halifax on Wednesday, October 31, the show tells the tale of how he endured agonising pain to get branded with the cake in a bid to prove his view of how pointless tattoos are.

He said, for a couple of minutes, he did think he had won the argument.

“The show is one of my usual two-hour shaggy dog stories,” said Rhod.

“It’s a mixture of fact and fiction about how that tattoo changed my life.”

Dubbed the “Mr Angry” of comedy, Rhod’s stand-up rants on life’s minor irritations are legendary.

But he says this year, he’s a more mellow fellow altogether.

He has been in stand-up for 10 years, racking up appearances at countless comedy festivals and several hit television and radio shows.

In fact, he has become a TV regular, performing on Live At The Apollo - most recently as a host, headlining Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, hosting Have I Got News For You and Never Mind The Buzzcocks and appearing on The Royal Variety Performance.

He makes regular guest appearances on panel shows 8 out of 10 Cats and Would I Lie To You? as well as his hosting his own programmes -Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience and Ask Rhod Gilbert.

“The last 10 years have flown by,” he said.

“I never expected it to happen.”

He previously had a market research post, one he found interesting, and said he had never had any interest in becoming a comic.

He was almost at the stage of becoming head of the company he worked for when , after a girlfriend’s nagging him to start writing, he got into stand-up.

But he hasn’t looked back since.

He says he loves the rush of being on stage.

“ It’s the best feeling in the world,” he said.

“You feel very alive.”

His huge tour - which goes on until the middle of December - has been taking him all over Britain, from Aberdeen to Plymouth.

And living in on the road since April is starting to take its toll.

“I’m looking at my orange suitcase and thinking I just want to take my clothes out of a drawer for a change,” he said.

“When you’re on tour, you live on sandwiches and then a curry or something after the show.”

So any keen fans who turn up with a home made meal to Rhod’s Halifax show will be warmly welcomed.

“If someone came with a home made shepherds pie, that would be great,” he said.

Tickets for Rhod’s The Man with the Flaming Battenberg Tattoo at The Victoria at 8pm are £25.

To book, call the theatre box office on 01422 351158 or email victoriatheatre@calderdale.gov.uk.

You can also visit the theatre’s website at www.calderdale.gov.uk/victoria.

For more information about Rhod visit his website at www.rhodgilbertcomedian.com.