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Rod Woodward

 

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"Rod was very funny, entertaining and professional at all times. We particularly liked how he had picked up on detail of certain people during dinner to use in his performance, which gave it that personal touch. Absolutely fantastic! I just wish he could have hung around for a little while longer so thatI could have said thank you in person."
Building Adhesives Ltd

"Rod was well received by all"
Southfield Golf Club

"Superb after dinner entertainment. Everyone enjoyed the routine immensely."
Dawsongroup Plc

"Based on written feedback Rod was the bestentertainer of ALL our 24 conferences. The acverage score from 200 delegates was an incredible 4.95 out of 5. Words like brilliant, fantastic, incredible were commonplaceon the feedback."
CCTV User Group

As one of the fastest rising comics in the UK, Rod is incredibly versatile with exceptional delivery and material, attracting the praise of some of the business' most respected names and critics - Peter Kay called him 'a young Dave Allen'!

Critics rave about Cardiff-born Woodward. Judges, stars, audiences and newspapers alike love this young and fast-rising comedian.  Winner of the ‘Encore Comedian of The Year’, Rod completed the 110-night sell-out Dark Side Tour of the UK and Ireland with Patrick McGuinness of Phoenix Nights and Road To Nowhere and appeared with Russell Brand at St. David’s Hall, Cardiff.  He won the BBC comedy competition Funny Business in February 2008.

He puts his rave reviews down to his act which is a mixture of traditional comedy, alternative and the downright zany – a style that appeals right across the board.

 “The comics that are making the big waves in Britain at the moment are the ones who are bridging the gap between alternative and traditional comedy.  I tend not tell too many jokes; it is mainly observations – whimsical stuff with a touch of the surreal.  I have great respect for comedians like Billy Connolly, Frank Skinner, and Ben Elton and I am carrying on that tradition.”

"Excellent performance enjoyed by every one of the 110 attendees"
Holder Mathias

His exceptional delivery and material have attracted the praise of some of the business' most respected names and critics. Tipped for great things, Rod prides himself on the original and topical content of his performances.  Rod's professionalism goes before him - literally. He always tries to be a step ahead by planning each individual performance to suit the occasion, therefore bringing a unique personal touch to his speeches.

Rod has written and performed in his own Radio Wales Comedy series, "Doing It For A Laugh" - 3Series.  He has also written and presented the ten-part series, "A Bit Off The Fringe" for BBC2 Wales, and has appeared as the subject of the BBC documentary, "Am I Talking To You", which followed Rod on his journey to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  He wrote and performed his own one man show for a 25-night run at The Pleasance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, for which he earned rave reviews.

Rod has been in big demand on the corporate circuit for many years and recent successes have gained him much wider public awareness.

Speaking Topics

A rising star of the comedy circuit, Rod Woodward performed with Paddy McGuinness at date sell-out tour and is a talented corporate entertainer, ideal for a variety of events.

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For further information or to book Rod Woodward, call us on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email info@speakerscorner.co.uk

Interview with Rod Woodward

Question:

How did working in the corporate sector start?

Answer:

I was speaking at an event in South Wales some ten years ago when a fellow speaker took my details and forwarded me to several after dinner speaking agencies. The rest is Geography

Question:

Can you remember your first corporate event?

Answer:

It was the Variety Club Annual Ball – proper showbiz!

Question:

And the last?

Answer:

The Sparkes Charity Annual Golf Dinner at the Chancery Court Hotel, London. They raised 80 grand for charity and the chicken was nice – a great night all round!

Question:

Which has been your favourite event so far and why?

Answer:

The Long Lunch which kicks off the Hong Kong Sevens rugby tournament

Question:

If you could perform at any event, past or future, what would it be?

Answer:

The Royal Variety Show. One would be honoured

Question:

Which comedian do you most admire?

Answer:

Robin Williams and George Carlin – I have been fortunate to see both live.

Question:

Who would you most like to share a stage with?

Answer:

Frank Sinatra – the greatest entertainer of all time

Question:

On average, how many corporates do you do per year?

Answer:

Between 75 and 100

Question:

Are you as happy performing to 50 as to 1000 people?

Answer:

My only criteria is that the audience is up for a laugh

Question:

How do you like to be introduced?

Answer:

I like the MC To get perfect order and introduce me with a little energy and enthusiasm

Question:

Do you have any funny/embarrassing anecdotes you care to share?

Answer:

I often perform in the guise of my alter-ego, Italian comedian Mario De Niro and was recently approached by four Italian waiters (after a speech at the Park Lane Hotel) who wanted to have a chat about my Azzurri roots. Telling them I was a born and bred Welshman was like telling them there was no Santa Claus and I still worry about waking up with a horse’s head on my pillow.

Question:

Do you normally have dinner with the client before appearing on stage?

Answer:

I am perfectly happy to do this as long as the venue has no environmental health history

Question:

Have you heard any memorable speakers whilst at any events?

Answer:

Sir Ranulph Fiennes was superb. I remember the tale of an Arctic expedition during which one of his companions lost several fingers to frostbite and began to irritate the great man by “starting to whinge.” Classic.

Question:

Your favourite film?

Answer:

The Adventures of Robin Hood with Errol Flynn (1938). Awaiting the Russell Crowe revamp with interest.

Question:

Favourite book?

Answer:

Crying with Laughter by Bob Monkhouse

Question:

Favourite holiday destination?

Answer:

Albir, Spain

Question:

What’s your tipple – wine, beer, champagne?

Answer:

Red wine – I am particularly partial to Ugandan Beaujolais

Question:

Country or townie?

Answer:

Originally a townie, born and bred in Cardiff, but now very much a country convert living for some six years ago in the rural and slightly incestuous village of Machen

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