Rob Beckett chats before Live at The Big Top

Rob Beckett will be your host for Live at The Big Top
Rob Beckett will be your host for Live at The Big Top

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The laughter doesn’t stop at the Southsea Comedy Festival after Eddie Izzard has left the stage.

On Saturday, August 2 the Common plays host to Live At The Big Top, which boasts a stellar line-up of comic talent, including Russell Kane, Marcus Brigstocke, Dana Alexander and Adam Hills. And compere for the evening is cheeky chappy Rob Beckett. Since starting out in 2009, he has won numerous awards and become a regular guest on TV panel shows such as Mock The Week and Celebrity Juice, as well as co-host of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here...NOW! and acting in the hit sitcom Fresh Meat.

When did you first realise you were funny?

I went to a gig and watched the open spot who was awful. I thought to myself there is no way I can be as bad as that and he wasn’t even getting booed off.

What would you be if you weren’t a comedian?

A taxi driver or I would work at the flower market. I’m from a family of cabbies and my brother works at a market.

You’re compering at the Southsea Comedy Fest – how does that compare to having your own slot?

It’s fun to do both. The compering can be a bit more interesting as you get to talk to the audience more so it’s much more unpredictable.

You played in Portsmouth before, do you remember how it went?

I did my tour show at the Wedgewood Rooms which was brilliant, so I’m well excited to be back.

What’s been the highlight of your career so far?

Performing at the O2 was amazing. It’s so ridiculous playing to 18,000 people.

Tell us about three things that make you laugh.

People falling over is always a favourite. Dogs in general and Joe Swash.

Tell us a joke.

Why does a squirrel swim upside down? To keep his nuts dry.

Who’s your biggest hero?

Growing up I loved Alan Davies and Peter Kay as they showed that you can be hilarious about everyday things and being a normal bloke.

What have you got in the pipeline?

I’ve got my own radio show on Absolute Radio. Every Sunday from 2pm to 6pm. It starts on August 3 and I can’t wait.

Live At The Big Top takes place on Southsea Common on Saturday, August 2. Tickets cost £20, inclusive of booking fees. Doors open at 7pm.

You can order tickets from or by calling 084 4847 2362.