Robin Ince

Robin Ince

Date of birth: 30-11-1968
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.

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Robin Ince unveils new science book

100-bookshop tour to launch The Importance Of Being Interested

Robin Ince has written a new pop science book – and will tour 100 bookshops to launch it.

The Importance Of Being Interested:  Adventures in Scientific Curiosity is to be published in October and has been inspired by his renewed interest in the subject.

The comic  abandoned science at school, saying he was ‘bored by a fog of dull lessons and intimidated by the barrage of equations’.  But, 20 years later, he found a new passion and now presents Radio 4’s science show The Infinite Monkey Cage alongside Professor Brian Cox.

He has also toured with the physicist, playing to 250,000 people and setting a record for a science show, and curated live shows such as Nine Lessons and Carols for Curious People, Brian and Robin’s Christmas Compendium of Reason.

The book deals with some of the big ideas about our universe and ourselves, with Ince describing how his understanding has changed  through personal stories and interviews with the likes of Rusty Schweickart and Helen Sharman, ground-breaking primatologist Jane Goodall, Nobel prize winning geneticist Paul Nurse and Brian Eno.

His last book. I’m A Joke And So Are You, was nominated for The Chortle Book Award.

The Importance Of Being Interested is published by Atlantic Books on October 7, priced £16.98.

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Published: 8 Jul 2021

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Past Shows

Edinburgh Fringe 2001



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