ROD WOODWARD – The Journey Starts Here



  • WINNER – Best Newcomer to Variety – 1996
  • WINNER – Encore Magazine’s “Entertainer of the Year” – 199
  • FINALIST– So You Think You’re Funny – 1997
  •                               WINNER – BBC TV series Funny Business – 2008



 Introducing award-winning Welsh comedian Rod Woodward, who became an overnight success in December when he was invited to perform at the 2014 Royal Variety Performance (ITV1) in front of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Rod performs his eagerly awaited nationwide debut tour The Journey Starts Here this summer.


The son of renowned Welsh sports writer Karl Woodward, Rod was tipped for stardom by such luminaries as Peter Kay and Bob Monkhouse and has since gone on to win the Best Newcomer to Variety award, Encore Magazine’s Entertainer of the Year and BBC’s Funny Business.  His television appearances include The Comedians (SKY), The Rush Hour (BBC WALES), A Bit Off The Fringe ( BBC2 Wales), and Am I Talking To You (BBC). He has also supported the likes of Paddy McGuinness and Russell Brand on tour.

In 2000, Rod was invited to be guest speaker at the Professional Footballers’ Association Footballer of the Year Awards dinner. He hosted Max Boyce’s 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Wales Millennium Centre, performed at the Planet Hollywood Hotel in Las Vegas after the weigh-in for the Bernard Hopkins v Joe Calzaghe fight, sold out the Cardiff International Arena Conference Theatre, wrote and performed the Cardiff City Fans anthem Do The Ayatollah’ which had over 200,000 hits on YouTube, and wrote and performed 3 series of his own Radio Wales Comedy series, Doing It For A Laugh.




 “A young Dave Allen’” PETER KAY

 “The best of the new bunch” BOB MONKHOUSE

A brilliant young comic with great style and repose” BARRY CRYER

The best in the business” JACK CHARLTON

A winning presence” THE TELEGRAPH

Comedian Rod Woodward broke protocol by being funny at the Royal Variety Show” THE SUN

ITV even managed to showcase a hot comic. Rod Woodward is half Welsh, half Italian and all funny” THE STAR

‘”Laugh-out-loud funniness’EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS

He has a rare intelligence… witty, topical and superbly timed” THE STAGE

Rod Woodward is this country’s most promising young comedian… unadulterated comedy on a stick” THE WESTERN MAIL

Brilliantly pitched… he got the whole room roaring” THE BIG ISSUE

A sure crowd pleaser” CHORTLE


 “Fantastic!” SOCCER AM


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Sat 2nd                           HORSHAM, Capitol                                                       01403 750220

Thurs 7th                       EDMONTON Millfield Arts Theatre                                  020 8807 6680

Tues 19th                       EPSOM, Playhouse                                                       01372 742555

Fri 22nd                          CARDIFF, St David’s Hall                                               029 2087 8500

Weds 27th                      SWANSEA, Grand Theatre                                            01792 475715


Weds 3rd June               MILFORD HAVEN, Torch Theatre                                  01646 695267

Thurs 4th                       HEREFORD, Courtyard Theatre                                     01432 340555

Tues 9th                         BURY ST EDMUNDS, Apex                                            01284 758000

Sun 14th                        RHYL, Pavilion                                                              01745 330 000

Weds 17th                      WESTON SUPER MARE, Playhouse                               01934 645544

Fri 19th                          BRECON, Theatr Brycheinjog                                        01874 611622

Sat 20th                         LEEDS, City Varieties                                                     0845 644 1881

Weds 24th                      SHREWSBURY, Severn Theatre                                     01743 281 281

Turs 25th                       WIMBORNE, Tivoli                                                        01202 885566