Rhod Gilbert

Rhod Gilbert

A former market researcher, Carmarthen-born Rhod Gilbert began his comedy career in 2002, after taking a stand-up course. That year he made the finals of the So You Think You're Funny? talent hunt at the Edinburgh Fringe, and in the next 12 months won the BBC New Comedy Award, the Paramount Gift Of The Gag competition and the Leicester Comedy Festival comedian of the year title. He was also a Chortle Award nominee for best new act, and runner-up n the Hackney Empire New Act Of The Year contest.

He made his solo Edinburgh debut in 2005 with a show called 1984, describing the misery of growing up in the fictional Welsh town of Llanbobl, whihc was nominated for the Perrier best newcomer award. That year, he also won the Chortle award for best breakthrough act.

His 2008 Edinburgh show again caught the attention of judges and was nominated for the main if.comedy award. It lead to appearances on BBC One's Live at the Apollo stand-up showcase and the 80th Royal Variety Performance.

Gilbert has also appeared on Mock The Week, and he hosts a Saturday-morning show on BBC Radio Wales. In late 2008, he fronted a series of adverts to promote Welsh tourism.

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Rhod Gilbert makes a documentary about infertility

Inspired by his own experiences

Rhod Gilbert is making a new documentary about impotence.

Rhod Gilbert: Stand Up For Infertility follows a similar film on shyness he made for BBC One last year – and is based on his personal experience.

Much of his current tour show The Book Of John is about how he and his partner Sian may not be able to have children because of his low sperm count. He also details his often hilarious experiences of the medical processes he is undergoing.

Speaking about the issue in his stand-up show, he says: ‘Sperm count has fallen by 60 per cent across the Wester world. It  could be the curse of modern living - it’s not just me, it’s a massive issue and men won’t talk about it.

‘I want to raise awareness – but I don’t want to be the poster boy for infertility.’

As part of the filming, Gilbert visited the Fertility Show where he met Louise Joy Brown, Britain’s first ‘test tube baby’.

Stand Up For Infertility is expected to air this autumn.

Click here for our review of The Book Of John.

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Published: 2 May 2019

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