After stealing the show at the Royal Variety Performance not once but twice in recent years, Welsh comedian Rod Woodward returns to his home town to play at the New Theatre for the first time in his career on Saturday 26th February 2022.
Despite numerous awards and TV credits to his name, Canton born Rod believes playing the grand old venue is “a serious itch he needs to scratch”.
“I’ve been fortunate to play most of the other great Welsh concert venues including the Millennium Centre, St David’s Hall and the Motorpoint” said Rod. “But this one will be special as it was the first stage I ever stood on having been called up at the Christmas panto as a kid by the late, great Ted Rogers of Dusty Bin fame – that should tell you we’re going back a bit here. I’ve always wanted to come back under my own steam and now it’s happening. Plus we are filming the show so it should be a special night in more ways than one!”
Named Best Variety Newcomer and winner of BBC’s Funny Business, it promises to be an unforgettable fun-filled evening of laughter with one of the country’s fastest rising comics.
Rod is the son of eminent Welsh sports writer Karl Woodward, who was the longest serving journalist for the Western Mail. He had planned to follow his Dad and take up a media career, but when offered a job as a studio audience warm-up man at HTV Wales, he decided to pursue his childhood ambition of becoming a professional comedian.
Woodward quickly established a glowing reputation on the circuit with top names like Peter Kay, Bob Monkouse and Barry Cryer all counting themselves amongst his fans. Having performed a successful 28-night run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, support slots soon followed with Russell Brand and Paddy McGuinness, before a performance at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas ahead of Joe Calzaghe’s fight with Bernard Hopkins.
Rod wrote and sang the the now legendary football anthem Do the Ayatollah accompanied by more than 100 Bluebirds fans. Set to the tune of the Macarena, it was a YouTube sensation and was featured on TalkSport and Soccer AM.
His success continued to sky-rocket following another TV appearance on Tonight At The Palladium and soon after he became one of the few comedians ever to be invited back to appear at the Royal Variety Performance bringing the house down in the presence of Harry and Meghan.
Rod recalls, “Right afterwards, they retired from Royal duties…Must have been something I said!”
Catch Rod Woodward performing in his hometown at The New Theatre!
“We all love Rod Woodward!” Michael McIntyre
“A young Dave Allen” Peter Kay
“Just plain laugh-out-loud funniness” Edinburgh Evening News
Tickets are £23.50.
To book your seats, please visit https://newtheatrecardiff.co.
or call the Box Office on 0343 310 0041