Rob Rouse is a Northern stand up comedian and actor who you may recognise from his recent role as Bottom in Ben Elton’s Shakespearean sitcom Upstart Crow. A gleeful performer onstage, Rouse is a comic who effortlessly exudes a positive energy, drawing audiences in with his cheeky delivery and down-to-earth attitude. Rob also produces a comedy podcast, The Rob Rouse Podcast, and this month he embarks on his latest UK tour.
To learn more about the man behind the comedy, I asked Rob these seven questions…
1) What is it like working on a Ben Elton project in Upstart Crow?
It was really exciting and slightly surreal. At the first recording Ben was talking to the audience saying that literally 30 years earlier he and Harry Enfield had recorded the first Saturday live in that very same studio. I remember watching that show as a kid and it opened up a new part of my brain and it’s a big reason why I’m doing what I’m doing now. It’s like being invited to join you favourite band.
2) Who are you wary of?
Anyone who has an absolutely unshakable certainty about anything really, or indeed reckons they’re any kind of ‘a big deal’. They tend to be a-holes.
3) Who is your favourite celebrity chef?
Delia Smith. I don’t think celebrity chefs nowadays use enough, or for that matter, appreciate mince like Delia did. In fact I’m sure she still does and still cooks with it 4 out of 7 nights of the week… The other 3 she does pork chop with boiled spuds (Tuesday), sausage and beans (Saturday – has it on her knee in front of the telly) and then cheese on toast or just leftovers (Monday). And if Gordon Ramsay came into her kitchen effin and jeffin she’d chin him, lay him out cold, one punch.
4) What did you used to want to be when you grew up?
First job I ever wanted to do, according to my mum, was a bin man. Apparently I said, “Because when I come home, you won’t tell me off for being covered in dirt.” Comforting to know that I always envisaged living at home throughout my adult life.
5) What animal is most misunderstood?
I haven’t got a clue what any of the animals are on about. So I’d have to say all of them… That’s assuming I’ve understood the question.
6) What do you do that you shouldn’t?
It would be great if we were in America, because I could just say, “Sometimes when I’m feeling really vulnerable I’m ashamed to admit I eat carbs” and that would be enough, but the truth is I don’t know how to answer that question because I have absolutely no sense of embarrassment.
7) Do you remember the first time you made someone laugh?
I was a hysterically ugly baby.
8) What is your current mood?
As I type this my dog is barking like a lunatic at some people on bikes outside. Really barking at them. He abhors people on bikes and it’s one of his life’s missions to let them know that. I used to try and make him stop, but have come to appreciate his commitment and my inability to change him, so in answer to your question – Submission.