Promoter's "Corner"

 

This is where you'll find my CV, contact details, hi-res images, quotes, plaudits and blurbs for posters.

QUOTES:

London Evening Standard's Bruce Dessau:  Evening Standard's Critic's Choice for Camden Fringe "Engaging Oddball"  “The best performer on the night.” “Superior physical presence.”  "The sharpest, smartest, self-contained routine of the night" "With his unruly hair and neat rug-pulling observations Thomas had something of the early Jasper Carrott about him" "Conventional with a twist" , 2 reviews (http://bit.ly/1ywdGk5 and http://bit.ly/2rRJ58I)

Steve Bennett, Chortle: "Rob Thomas was one of the more intriguing personalities on the night, possessing a wide-eyed comic befuddlement that stressed the surrealism of some of his odder lines." "very strong payoffs" "crowd-pleaser" "slick style" "undeniably well-delivered" 2 reviews (http://bit.ly/2siKUs7 and http://bit.ly/2r88auU)

Leicester Mercury "Knockout lines" "A truly puntastic winner" "Had us in stitches"

Brighton Source "His sketch about his short-lived career as a late-night DJ had the audience in tears" "rapid-fire mental connections" "put simply, Rob Thomas is vastly engaging" "the writing is thoughtful and cleverly sequenced" see review here
Martin Mullaney, Cheeky Monkey Comedy: “What a great compere. His audience interaction was excellent and his gags were superb."

Evening Standard: “Rob Thomas whipped up the sober crowd with his jokes”

Matt Forde: “Very funny, natural with refreshing warmth”

Sabotage Magazine "Rob was the best punner on the night and clearly understood the importance of a clean, clear set up as well as the killer punchline"

Trevor Lock: “Expertly compered”

TheCreativeIntrovert: "I was basically in hysterics. And I mean hysterics: laughing and crying." (https://bit.ly/2Jxx29C)

 

Plaudits:

 

WINNER Leicester Comedy Festival UK Pun Championships 2018

Evening Standard's Critic's Choice for Camden Fringe show 'CALLBACK' 2017
SECOND PLACE £500 winner Leicester Square Theatre's Old Comedian of the Year Award 2017 (final 29th May 2017)

SECOND PLACE in final of UK Pun Championships (Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival) 2015 
FINALIST Reading Comedy Festival New Act 2014
FINALIST Montreux Comedy Festival Regional (UK) 2014 and 2015

Leicester Comedy Festival Best Poster (!) Nominee 2018
TV studio-warm up for Managing Mayhem production

Live newspaper reviews for TALK Radio and PREMIER Radio
WINNER x 2 Comedy Café new act night 2013 
FINALIST Up The Creek “One To Watch” 2013 
FINALIST Comedy Virgins Max Turner Prize 2013 

Regular MC and booker at Ha Ha Hassocks 2017-2018
Resident MC and booker at Redemption Comedy Club 2015 (http://bit.ly/1LG77oj) 
Regular MC and booker at Crown Comedy 2012-2014 

MC and promoter Hungry Miller’s Comedy Laughbag 2011-2013

MC Clean As Possible Comedy Show, Edinburgh Fringe 2015 and Leicester Comedy Festival 2016 and 2017

Contact:

short blurb for posters:

To get in touch re. fees, bookings and videos of my set, or for more information please email me at rob@robbyt.co.uk.  I will respond within the hour and have a number of unedited videos to different styles of audience that I can send you.  I can also help your company or charity source well-known acts for your fundraising night - check out this testimonial from Alcohol Concern, this from Wellspring Watford and this from the Rev. Mark Melluish.

 

I'm a quirky, upbeat story and gag-telling comedian. I can perform a 'family-friendly' set if required but please clarify with me when booking. Current level is repeat-booking opening and middles and MCing for Mirth Control, Dave Ward, The Comedy Agency, Paul Kerensa, Andy Kind, Bromley Comedy, Wanstead Comedy, Mat's Comedy Club. Have also had paid work from Hot Water, Jokers Comedy, Alan Seaman (Ship of Fools), headlined smaller gigs (e.g. Pamdemonium in Leyton) and done 20-60 minute corporates for the likes of Trinity Theological College Bristol, ThumbsUp UK, SAC Football League annual dinner and others, plus TV studio warm up for Managing Mayhem. I hosted the Clean (As Possible) Comedy show at the Edinburgh Fringe 2015, and opened and headlined the Clean as Possible show at the Leicester Comedy Festival 2016 and 2017.  Can provide references.

 

Rob Thomas is a storytelling comedian with a razor-sharp wit and quirky physicality, described by the Yorkshire Times as “a triumph!” and the Guardian’s Bruce Dessau as “the strongest performer of the night, with a superior physical presence”.

long blurb for posters:

Rob Thomas is a storytelling comedian with a razor-sharp wit and quirky physicality. The Guardian’s Bruce Dessau called him “strongest performer of the night” with a “superior physical presence” and The Yorkshire Times deemed him “a triumph!” with “tremendous physicality”. Rob has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and is as comfortable in a packed theatre as he is in a local pub. He won the UK Pun Championship in front of 1200 people in 2018 and was the London Evening Standard's Critic's Choice for his 2017 solo show. In short, he’s funny.

 

Reviews:

"Rob Thomas from London was the first programmed act to take the stage and he did so with infectious energy bordering on mania. His material, ranging from his upbringing in Anglesey to the products on offer in Aldi, was marvellously honed and the laughs came thick and fast, but it was his boundless animation that really kept the stage alight. Judicious use of props added variety to the onslaught of verve, with tremendous, relentless physicality that put me in mind of Jeremy Vine on election night after eighteen Red Bulls and a double espresso. His finale piece, a denouncement of modern TV themes, was a triumph that had the audience creased up without respite for no mean length of time." (http://www.yorkshiretimes.co.uk/article/Comedy-Night-At-The-Jubilee-Centre)

"Rob Thomas had some strong post-Brexit banter. What looked like a throwaway line about French phrases that will be outlawed when we leave the EU turned into the sharpest, smartest, self-contained routine of the night. With his unruly hair and neat rug-pulling observations Thomas had something of the early Jasper Carrott about him. Conventional but with a twist and thoroughly deserving of second place and a £500 cheque." Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke. 

"Following was the almost cartoon-like Rob Thomas.

Thomas was the runner up in the old Comedian of they Year competition this year and his experience shone through.  His unkempt hair, large eyes and gangling appendages makes him instantly likeable to the audience and his material keeps that feeling going.

He’s funny and clever and the physicality of his set was first rate.  If you have the opportunity to see him live, go, his cereal bit will have you gasping for breath." The Hersham Hub

"As anyone who’s seen him before will know, Rob Thomas is an extremely energetic comedian with long limbs and wild eyes, and a propensity to leap around which, considering we’re in a venue made from a small, low-ceilinged shipping container, ensures rapt attention from the audience throughout. Put simply, Rob Thomas is vastly engaging." "On the whole, the writing is thoughtful and cleverly sequenced, the puns are groan-worthy, and the physical comedy sketches see him practically bouncing off the walls: this is a comedian who pretty much forces you to laugh along, particularly in the parts where he’s on the move. The sketches about TV theme tunes and his short-lived career as a late-night house DJ have the audience in tears." Brighton Source

 

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