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Rod Woodward Biography
Rod Woodward is one of the most versatile comedians, and is equally at home with professional, round-table, sports and business audiences, as he is in a cabaret environment, a theatre, a comedy club or even a students' union.
Traditional & Alternative Comedy Mix
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.”
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.
Career - TV & Radio
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.
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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Rod Woodward News
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Rod Woodward Reviews
Rod Woodward has spoken and appeared at a number of recent corporate events. Please find some client speaker testimonials and reviews for Rod Woodward for a number of these events and conferences. If you would like some additional information as to how to book Rod Woodward for your corporate event, then please contact one of the Speakers Corner booking agents on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Excellent performance enjoyed by every one of the 110 attendees
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.
Rod was well received by all
Superb after dinner entertainment. Everyone enjoyed the routine immensely.
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.
A very entertaining and original act suitable to a wide range of audiances.
Round Table is a notorious audience to judge. Mix that with 41 Club at a 50th Charter, so the age range is 18 - 80+ and it is nearly impossible. Rod had all 108 guests laughing as one. A brilliant performance that will be remebered by all for a long time.
We hired Rod to perform at the company's 10th Birthday dinner, to a small group of 50 guests. He was absolutely fantastic! we've had so many comments back from guests who thought he was excellent and his jokes are still flying around our office!
Rod picked on detail of certain people during dinner to use in his performance which gave it that personal touch. Absolutely fantastic.
Rod Woodward was the best entertainer of all our 24 conferences. His average score from 200 delegates was an incredible 4.95 out of a maximum of 5! Words like brilliant?, fantastic? & incredible? were commonplace on the feedback.
A brilliant young comic with great style and repose.
How on earth do you top that next year!!
Rod is a really nice guy and held our (slightly drunk) audience extremely well. He took time to get some details of specific attendees and blended them into his jokes perfectly. A great choice - we were very pleased with him.
He was a pleasure to have at our event and a genuine indivdual, with a great personality. The feedbcak from our guests has been tremendous.
Brilliant - kept the laughs coming and kept it relevant to the audience. Well timed, didn't drag on!
Q & A with Rod Woodward
Rod Woodward answered some probing questions for Speakers Corner. For speaking secrets revealed - read on! To book Rod Woodward for your event, please contact one of the Speakers Corner booking agents on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email@example.com
Speakers Corner: How did working in the corporate sector start?
Rod Woodward: 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
Speakers Corner: Can you remember your first corporate event?
Rod Woodward: It was the Variety Club Annual Ball – proper showbiz!
Speakers Corner: And the last?
Rod Woodward: 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!
Speakers Corner: Which has been your favourite event so far and why?
Rod Woodward: The Long Lunch which kicks off the Hong Kong Sevens rugby tournament
Speakers Corner: If you could perform at any event, past or future, what would it be?
Rod Woodward: The Royal Variety Show. One would be honoured
Speakers Corner: Which comedian do you most admire?
Rod Woodward: Robin Williams and George Carlin – I have been fortunate to see both live?
Speakers Corner: Who would you most like to share a stage with?
Rod Woodward: Frank Sinatra – the greatest entertainer of all time
Speakers Corner: On average, how many corporates do you do per year?
Rod Woodward: Between 75 and 100
Speakers Corner: Are you as happy performing to 50 as to 1000 people?
Rod Woodward: My only criteria is that the audience is up for a laugh
Speakers Corner: How do you like to be introduced?
Rod Woodward: I like the MC To get perfect order and introduce me with a little energy and enthusiasm
Speakers Corner: Do you have any funny/embarrassing anecdotes you care to share?
Rod Woodward: 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.
Speakers Corner: Do you normally have dinner with the client before appearing on stage?
Rod Woodward: I am perfectly happy to do this as long as the venue has no environmental health history
Speakers Corner: Have you heard any memorable speakers whilst at any events?
Rod Woodward: 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.
Speakers Corner: Your favourite film?
Rod Woodward: The Adventures of Robin Hood with Errol Flynn (1938). Awaiting the Russell Crowe revamp with interest.
Speakers Corner: Favourite book?
Rod Woodward: Crying with Laughter by Bob Monkhouse
Speakers Corner: Favourite holiday destination?
Rod Woodward: Albir, Spain
Speakers Corner: What’s your tipple – wine, beer, champagne?
Rod Woodward: Red wine – I am particularly partial to Ugandan Beaujolais
Speakers Corner: Country or townie?
Rod Woodward: 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
For further information or to book Rod Woodward, call us on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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