From chartered surveyor to comic

Rhodri Rhys

Rhodri Rhys

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There’s another stellar line-up of comedic talent on display at Jongleurs in Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth tomorrow night.

Rhodri Rhys has moved swiftly since joining the comedy circuit and can now be seen regularly as an act and compére in London, across the UK and internationally.

Rhodri’s act combines sharp wit and observation with a natural geniality. His material is broad and colourful, drawing on his own experiences while deftly seaming in religion, business, sport, history and just a splash of naughtiness too.

Before becoming a comedian Rhodri qualified as a chartered surveyor and became a property entrepreneur in Eastern Europe.

From 1990 to 2002 he lived in Prague enjoying business success and the unique hedonistic social life of that interesting era.

His skill at performing developed during these years when he lectured on property, hosted and compéred for business, diplomatic and charity events and performed alongside visiting British comedians.

Rhodri has been the subject of a number of TV and radio programmes in Welsh, Czech and English.

Nick Page is the fastest-moving man in comedy – going from his first open mic appearance to professional status in a mere six months, and has continued to grow his act at the same pace.

Stylistically he is the laconic lovechild of Jeremy Clarkson and Julian Clary, with material drawing on experiences as a bouncer, car dealer and estate agent. Page is at his best when in storytelling mode, pulling the audience into the world of his exaggerated past and imaginary future.

Now regularly performing at venues throughout the country, he was recently filmed performing his own material for a BBC Choice/Steve Coogan collaboration, and he has a five-week series on BBC2 due for broadcast in the autumn.

His brother also holds the record for throwing a Wellington boot – 279ft apparently.

Robert White’s seemingly unassured appearance belies the assuredness of his words. His material derives from his abstract perspective with wordy and sometimes cruel humour, spontaneous musicality, obscure performance pieces and semi-improvised abstract off-shoots. It’s a collection of pockets of randomness all of which are very, very funny and truly engaging.

Online comedy bible Chortle described him as ‘manic, camp and mildly afflicted – absolutely cracking gags’.

And finally Philberto has been enjoying the English comedy circuit for the past two years, during which time he has established himself as a headline act. A regular at Jongleurs, The Comedy Store, The Comedy Cafe and a favourite at The Banana Cabaret as well as headlining at many university and club gigs across the country, Philberto has a vibrant energy and hard-hitting style that makes 20 minutes disappear in the blink of an eye.

Tickets cost £15. Go to jongleurs.com

Doors open 5pm, show starts 8pm.

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