Rhod Gilbert

Rhod holds court every Saturday morning at 11 AM on Radio Wales, with two hours of live comedy alongside some of the best and brightest names in Welsh and UK comedy.

Stand-up star Rhod, from Carmarthen, got started in comedy in early 2002. Within eighteen months, he was the only person in the UK to reach the finals of every major new talent competition in the country, winning an unprecedented four awards, including the most prestigious BBC New Comedy Awards.

He's since gone on to become one of the biggest names in UK stand-up, performing to sell-out audiences in the Britain and abroad.

After being singled out by the Sunday Times as One To Watch in 2005, Rhod went on to scoop the Chortle Award For Best Breakthrough Act, and made a huge splash at the Edinburgh Festival with his hotly anticipated debut show, Rhod Gilbert's 1984. The show earned him a nomination for the prestigious Perrier Best Newcomer Award and The Writer's Guild Of Great Britain and The List Comedy Award. In 2008 Rhod then followed this up with a nomination as best act at the festival's main awards (then called the IF Award, formerly the Perrier Award) for 'Rhod Gilbert and the Award-winning Mince Pie'. Audiences and acclaim continued to grow for the two live tours that followed 'Pie'. 

Further afield, his international profile continues to rise, having performed in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Brussels, Paris and to the Middle and Far East; Rhod was also the first Western comedian ever to perform in Taiwan. Rhod frequently brings us his live Radio Wales show from these far-flung venues; on a tour of the Far East in September 2008 he presented his Saturday morning show live from Hong Kong and Bangkok (he's also broadcast the show from such sunny climes as Sheffield, Dublin and... his own house).

Rhod also performed in a tour of Iraq where he spent a week entertaining the British troops performing 11 shows in and around Basra; he's even done a show in one of Saddam Hussein's former palaces.

On television Rhod hosted his own BBC One TV show 'Ask Rhod Gilbert', and has made several appearances on Would I Lie To You, Have I Got News For You, Live at the Apollo, and his acclaimed BBC Wales TV series 'Rhod Gilbert's Work Experience'. He's brought his sitcom 'Leaving Llanbobl' and variety show 'Bulging Barrel of Laughs' to Radio 2, and has hosted Radio 4's comedy showcase 'Four Stands Up.' You'll continue to see and hear Rhod on network TV and radio as well as right here on BBC Radio Wales every Saturday morning.

For a time Rhod was also the voice - and then the face - of Wales in a long-running advertising campaign by the Wales Tourist Board.