Date Of Birth: 1969
Robin Ince started his comedy career as a writer, working on shows including Alistair McGowan's Big Impresison, V Graham, Norton and Meet Ricky Gervais, his first of many collaborations with the Extras star.
Ince appeared with Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Jimmy Carr in the 2001 Edinburgh show Rubbernecker, and regularly supports Gervais on tour. He also appeared in one episode of The Office, playing interviewee Stewart Foot.
That role inspired his tongue-in-cheek solo Edinburgh debut in 2004, and he has returned to the Fringe every year since. In 2005 he started erudite comedy night The Book Club, loosely based around bad literature, which won him the innovation award at the 2006 Chortle Awards as well as the outstanding contribution to comedy accolade at that year's Time Out awards. In 2007, he was named best compere at the Chortle Awards.
On TV, he has appeared as John Peel on Channel 4's 11 O'Clock Show as well as countless panel games and 'talking heads' shows, including Channel 4's 100 Greatest Musicals (2003), BBC Three's The State We're In (2003), Celebdaq (2004), BBC Two's Mock The Week (2006). He has also appeared on Radio 4's Now Show, Just A Minute and Mitch Benn's Crimes Against Music.
In 2006, he co-wrote his first feature film, Razzle Dazzle, about children's dance contests in Australia.
Robin Ince Videos
Uncaged Monkeys: Night Of 200 Billion Stars
Is particle physics the new rock and roll?
Well, obviously not... but even a couple of years ago, it would have seemed ridiculous to suggest that a bunch of scientists could fill a mid-sized rock venue, as one of them talked the audience through graphs of the invariant or transverse mass distributions for selected collisions, seeking evidence of particles around the 125GeV mark.
But those charts were fresh off the press – the results from the large hadron collider that provided evidence for the elusive Higgs boson, the so-called God particle. And the member of the CERN Atlas team explaining the significance of the day’s news to the Hammersmith Apollo was none other than science pin-up Brian Cox.
I say ‘explain’... I surely wasn’t the only one who didn’t understand most of the finer details, and I’ve a physics degree (barely used). But Cox is undeniably a great communicator and expertly coveys the excitement and importance of the discovery and even the broad concept of a Higgs condensate, even if the detailed meaning is lost.
A video link-up to his colleagues in Switzerland might have filled in some gaps... but the most complex machine man has ever built has an internet connection stuck in the dial-up age, and the Skype signal kept cracking up.
It’s testament to Cox’s charisma, though, that his explanation of the complexities of the Standard Model filled the audience with more wonder and awe than the more esoteric ideas coming from the mind of comic-book artist Alan Moore, proclaiming his faith in a 2nd century sock puppet snake god and spouting some nonsense about how we’re all cosmic holograms in a rather rambling contribution to the night.
This was all in the second half of this rationalist show, which curator Robin Ince has grown into a pre-Christmas tradition. Tonight was headlined by Tim Minchin, who hotfooted it to Hammersmith direct from recording the Jonathan Ross Show alongside Tom Cruise, and treated the audience to a silly new song about a ‘Woody Allen Jesus’ and his beautifully touching Christmas classic White Wine In The Sun, accompanied by Cox reviving his D:Ream past on keyboard.
Before the interval, mathematician Simon Singh delivered his favourite, if now over-used, set piece debunking those who see hidden messages in the Bible, before demonstrating an actual wartime Engima encoding machine; Guardian science writer Ben Goldacre made a case for evidence-based policymaking, rather than just running on hunches and doctrine; and geneticist Adam Rutherford broke from his field of expertise to introduce an inspiring eight-minute video compilation video of Space Shuttle missions.
‘We’ve become desensitised to wonder,’ he said succinctly – although this often inspiring, if inconsistent, show surely would have served to reignite that flame among many.
As well as the science bits, there came the usual bookish humour from Robin Ince and regular collaborator Josie Long, who read from a fictional version of Charles Darwin’s diaries in which he munched his way through most of his case studies, and a bit of variety from jugglers Feeding The Fish. All that and unlocking the secrets of this universe... what more could you want?
The psychology of comedy13/04/2010
Robin Ince Is As Dumb As You: DVD review19/12/2008
Robin Ince Dates
Tue 6 Aug 2013
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The Book Club Bernie Clifton
Dirty Book Club
Robin Ince Isn't Waving
The Book Club Book Club: All-New Fighting Years
Robin Ince Knew This Would Happen
Stand Up For Animals Book Club 
Robin Ince: Propaganda and Tittletattle
Robin Ince: Things I Like About Carl Sagan And Others Carl Sagan Is My God, Oh And Richard Feynman Too
Robin Ince Versus The Moral Majority
Robin Ince: Bleeding Heart Liberal Robin Ince And Michael Legge: Pointless Anger, Righteous Ire
Robin Ince Asks Why?
Robin Ince: Carl Sagan Is Still My God
Stand-Up For African Mothers Pointless Anger, Righteous Ire 2: Back in the Habit
Robin Ince's Struggle for Existence
Robin Ince: Carl Sagan is My God, Oh and Richard Feyman Too
Robin Ince: Star Corpse Apple Child Robin Ince: The Importance of Being Interested [2013 Fringe] A Seriously Funny Attempt To Get The SFO in The Dock
Book Club At The British Library
Ha Ha Hammersmith II
Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People
Robin Ince: Dancing Idiotically Towards An Apocalypse Of Our Own Making
Robin Ince's Christmas Book Club 2006
School For Gifted Children Robin Ince's Bad Book Club autumn 2010 tour
Robin Ince: Happiness Through Science
Robin Ince: The Importance Of Being Interested