February 10, 2015
Having performed stand-up comedy since 2009, Rob Beckett has made a great impression on the comedy scene, touring with Russell Kane and making regular appearances on shows like 8 out of 10 Cats and Mock the Week.
We caught up with him to find out more about his approach to corporate gigs, which joker it's best to be and if there are any tips he has for budding comedians.
How did your job at Banks Sadler help you in tailoring your act for the corporate market?
It made me realise the impact making fun of the event can have on the booker. If the food is bad, it’s funny to poke fun at it but someone will get in trouble.
Did you see any great comic acts at an event whilst working at Banks Sadler/Zibrant?
Unfortunately not. I saw Tiff Needell in action though, who was interesting.
Were you the office joker?
No... I was the pub-after-work joker.
How did you first get into comedy?
I watched an open spot do badly and thought, ‘I can’t do as badly as that.’ So I had a go.
Where have you trained/practiced stand-up?
I didn’t do a course. I just gigged everywhere.
What would you recommend to those starting or interested in performing comedy or hosting?
Gig every day of the week until you are good enough.
Who are your key influences?
Peter Kay, Alan Davies, Billy Connolly.
How would your skills translate to a corporate audience?
I dunno but they keep laughing! I don’t ask why.
What have you been up to recently?
Doing new material for my tour. There’ll be a full run at Edinburgh!
Is there one up-and-coming comedy act that you would recommend to me for the corporate market?
Finally, what’s your most memorable gig?
The O2. So massive!
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By Henry Fosdike