London-based Rhodri Rhys has blazed an unusual path to comedy.
After qualifying as a chartered surveyor in 1989 he moved to Prague to develop a property services company.
Rhodri built up his performance skills living in the Czech capital lecturing on property, hosting and compéring for business, diplomatic and charity events and taking the stage alongside visiting British comedians.
After moonlighting as a stand-up comedian for about a decade, he went full-time in 2011.
He describes himself as a fluent Welsh speaker and a formerly fluent Czech speaker.
When did you first realise you were funny?
I’m always wary that anybody who thinks they’re funny is playing a dangerous game.
I’m happy if people laugh with me and not at me! It’s the opposite at home.
What would you be if you weren’t a comedian?
I was a chartered surveyor (I’m still qualified) and had my own property companies in Eastern Europe and London.
I started comedy late so I still have friends in property and would do that again.
Mind you, if I went back they’d all laugh at me!
What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
Every laugh is a highlight, and a relief!
Working with the military has been great, making them laugh, not fight, although on reflection me fighting might make them laugh more.
Tell us about three things that make you laugh.
My three daughters. They also make me mad and poor.
Tell us a joke.
Ah, I see what you’ve done there, you’ll just have to come and see me perform.
Who’s your biggest hero?
Vlad the Impaler, he did many horrible things and died peacefully in his own bed with six women (not sure how peacefully) and he was 90!
What have you got in the pipeline?
I’m doing a standup show for S4C in Welsh this month and next year we’ve been commissioned to write and act in a Welsh sitcom. I’m not even Welsh!
Rhodri Rhys plays at Jongleurs Comedy Club in Portsmouth’s Gunwharf Quays tonight at 8pm. He will be joined by Will Mars, James Dowdeswell and Richard Morton in a two-hour show. Tickets: from £15. For more information or to book visit jongleurs.com/venue/portsmouth or call (087) 0011 1960.