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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Revealed: Who's in series 7 of Taskmaster

Line-up announced as Liza Tarbuck wins series 6

The players for the next series of Taskmaster have been revealed.

James Acaster, Jessica Knappett, Phil Wang, Kerry Godliman and Rhod Gilbert will be taking part in the seventh series.

The news was revealed as series six ended tonight, with Liza Tarbuck crowned champion.

Series 7 will be broadcast later this year, with free tickets to the recordings available now.

 In September, series creator Alex Horne – who plays the sidekick to taskmaster Greg Davies  – will publish the tie-in book Taskmaster: 200 Extraordinary Tasks For Ordinary People.

The current series has averaged 840,000 viewers an episode for Dave, with more than half watching on catch-up.

Richard Watsham, director of commissioning at parent company UKTV, has previoisly said:  ‘I couldn’t be more proud of Taskmaster and Alex Horne’s brilliant creation. Once in a while a startlingly original bit of TV comes along that redefines an entire genre and I’m just pleased it’s on Dave.’

Chortle first reported Acaster's involvement back in February.

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Published: 4 Jul 2018

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