Rob aims high with Bottom role

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2016 is shaping up to be a busy year for comedian Rob Rouse.

A long time favourite with Calderdale comedy fans, he is set to star as William Shakespeare’s manservant Bottom in Ben Elton’s keenly anticipated new sitcom ‘Upstart Crow’.

The show is being touted as ‘the new Blackadder’ and Rob will star alongside David Mitchell, who will play Shakespeare, and Gemma Whelan. It will be screened on BBC2 later this month.

‘Upstart Crow’ is part of the BBC’s Shakespeare Festival 2016 and also stars Paula Wilcox, Liza Tarbuck as Anne Hathaway, Mark Heap and Harry Enfield.

Rob has been a long time favourite at Sowerby Bridge’s Comedy @ The Works.

The former geography teacher, who hails from Macclesfield, has many voices in his head and, when unleashed, his shows become more like a hysterically funny play than one man telling very funny tales. Since winning Channel Four’s prestigious ‘So You Think You’re Funny’ competition at the Edinburgh Festival in 1998 - an award previously won by Phil Kay, Dylan Moran, Lee Mack, Tommy Tiernan and Peter Kay - he has been a regular performer at major venues on both the London and national circuit.

In complete contrast will be the musical former Todmorden siblings Ed and Tommy Croft who make up the high-energy comedy double act Jollyboat. Aimed at making audiences roar with laughter, the pair have performed at Glastonbury and Benicassim festivals and hammer out the tunes with tongue firmly in cheek and always one (patched) eye on finding the funny bone.

The line-up at The Works, Sowerby Bridge, on Saturday, April 30 is completed by Jay Hampson and MC Hayley Ellis.