Rob Deering is one of those comedians whose career has been bubbling beneath the surface for a decade but never quite reached boiling point.
But that’s not to say that his musical comedy act isn’t hot.
In 2000 he reached the Daily Telegraph Open Mic Award semi-finals, the finals of the BBC New Comedy Award and the final of the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year Competition, as well as winning the prestigious Amused Moose New Talent Award.
With his easy charm, cheesy singing voice, razor-sharp wit and clownish physicality, Rob has quickly established himself as a firm favourite on the London circuit and major comedy clubs nationwide.
He slayed audiences as a headliner on The Comedy Network and has been commissioned by channel 4 to write and host the comedy series Lesser-Spotted Britain.
But it was when Rob joined the intrepid cast of 99 Things To Do Before You Die (Five) that his Mum and Dad truly felt proud.
Since then he’s consistently turned up on TV and at comedy clubs around Britain, lambasting pop culture, promoting apple-based alcoholic beverages and playing rock guitar.
We asked Rob a few quick questions to find out more.
When did you first realise you were funny?
Early, early, early – trying to be funny at least. How? Falling over, miming along to guitar and saxophone solos, gurning. I’ve been doing this stuff since before I went to school.
What would you be if you weren’t a comedian?
A rock star because of my preternatural musical skill and predilection for showing off. I prefer this job though. There’s none of that boring playing-songs-right-through-to-the-end stuff.
What three things that make you laugh?
30 Rock, You’ve Been Framed and speaking the lyrics to any pop song in the context of a sentence.
What’s your favourite one-liner?
At the moment: ‘Mamma Mia, here I go again – my my favourite Italian restaurant’.
Who’s your hero?
William Shatner. He’s legendary and ridiculous, brilliant and rubbish, clever and stupid – all at once. And we share a passing resemblance.
See Rob Deering next Friday (July 15) at the Wedge Comedy Club on Albert Road, Southsea. He’ll be joined by Suzi Ruffell, Elis James and compére Dinga. Food is served until 8.45pm and there is a disco until 2.30am. Tickets cost £8 from (023) 9286 3911, wedgewood-rooms.co.uk or on the door from 7.30pm.