Jungle man Rob enjoying his journey to stardom
While many stars of stage and screen have a tenacity from a young age to hit the big time, comedian Rob Beckett describes his speedy rise to notoriety as a hobby which got a bit out of hand.
Following his debut solo show, Rob Beckett's Summer Holiday, at last year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Rob has got straight back on the road in 2013 with another show and will visit the region as part of the Lincoln Comedy Festival on Tuesday, October 8.
South London born Rob only started performing stand-up in 2009 but launched his career with a bang winning numerous newcomer awards, which he puts down to a straightforward, observational style.
"This show is really all my best stuff to date. There's no great plan. I never really write on a topic as such, this is my life and all the people in it, and all the funny bits. I'm just a normal bloke and audiences connect with it. I'm just myself and hopefully people like it.
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"Being a comedian just started as a hobby and got a bit out of hand. The first time I did stand-up it was just about ticking off a thing on a lists of stuff you want to do – like a skydive or something. I didn't know anyone who had ever done it and I had always loved comedy. All my family are funny and I loved the likes of Billy Connolly and Peter Kay as well.
"But then I kept getting asked back to do gigs and to do more and more stuff.
"I never set out to be a certain way as a comedian, I just spoke about me and my life and observations and being working class. I don't think I'll ever get bored talking about all that."
Obvious parallels with Peter Kay can easily be drawn with Rob's own material.
He says: "Peter Kay talks about his life and I talk about my life and family. There's not many people in the industry who have had that kind of upbringing, comedy is quite a middle class thing in terms of comedians.
"My dream is to have a DVD out at Christmas and to know families are sitting down to watch it because that's what we used to do at Christmas as a family."
Despite simply being "a normal bloke" there was nothing workaday about being asked to join ITV2's I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Now presenting team in the jungle last year, co-hosting with Laura Whitmore and Joe Swash.
Rob says: "That was amazing actually. I went out for a month and am going out again this year. It was so crazy and surreal, the first show when Ant and Dec introduced me I remember thinking 'why are they saying my name', I couldn't believe it. But yes I will be back in 2013 with the presenting team. But I can be doing that and then I'm still having to go down the shops to get the shopping and getting told off at home."
Other television appearances have included 8 Out Of 10 Cats and Mock The Week.
"But to me getting up on stage is the best bit," says Rob. "It's my favourite thing to do. The easiest part of my day. On stage I can relax and just have a chat."
Entry: Over 14s only.
Engine Shed, Lincoln. Show time: 7.30pm. Tickets: £10. Box office: 0844 888 8766, www.engineshed.co.uk