Rod Woodward (2 stars)

This article is from 2013

Rod Woodward

Debut Fringe show from comic is great in short bursts, but struggles to fill an hour

The two biggest cliches that are worth avoiding in comedy reviewing are that sketch shows can be something of a mixed bag and some comedians are just like your funny mate down the pub. Unfortunately, the second trope can’t be ignored when discussing Welsh comic Rod Woodward as he brings us his debut Fringe hour. But no matter how hilarious your funny mate is, would you want to sit and listen to them solidly for an entire hour?

This is quite close to the feeling you have when Woodward approaches the end of his set and for all the chatty bantering he has had with the party of Bulgarians and the sports fans in the crowd, it’s all been a rather empty experience. Not only would he be a good laugh for a bit down the boozer, Woodward is likely to be a great stand-up for short bursts on the circuit. But when it comes to producing a Fringe show (and all the fascinating stories and interesting structure those shows demand), he either doesn’t have it or couldn’t care less. No wonder Peter Kay is a fan.

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Rod Woodward: Funny Turn

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Laurie Mansfield Associates Ltd. Rod Woodward has been having funny turns for a long time. Now they're happening daily, he needs urgent attention and laughter is the best medicine. 'Laugh-out-loud funniness' – (Edinburgh Evening News) 'A young Dave Allen' – (Peter Kay) 'He develops a real rapport with the room…