Play: Funny in Real Life (Rob Rouse and Helen Rutter): Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh, 2019
Always Be Comedy Online: Online: 2020
Rob Rouse is a very funny stand-up comedian from Yorkshire who I have seen several times over the years. As I sat in my seat at the Gilded Balloon, he bound onto the stage at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe at 11am in the morning to start his set. He covered every subject in his routine from sex to family and home life and was prone to oversharing with the audience. Unbeknown to me, after about ten minutes into his act his wife Helen Rutter was sitting next to me, got up and interrupted his set. As she made a noise from her seat, I thought the woman was ill or wanted to leave the room, but she was angry with her husband and joined him on stage to object about being ridiculed by his jokes.
Both extremely likeable performers, Rob Rouse (stand-up comedian) and Helen Rutter (actor and writer) are real-life husband and wife. Funny in Real Life deconstructed the art form of a stand-up comedian in a very clever, honest, thought-provoking and extremely funny way. By the end of the hour, they received a well-deserved standing ovation from the very enthused lunchtime crowd after creating and starring in one of my favourite Edinburgh Fringe shows of 2019.
Rouse triumphantly returned in September 2020 as a guest for Always Be Comedy Online streaming live from his garage with a wonderful array of daft stories based on his experiences of lockdown. During the routine, he tried to sell his old caravan to the audience with hilarious results. Rouse’s has a brilliantly funny webpage at www.patreon.com/robrouse featuring previous shows, new material and a podcast. It was a joy to watch Rouse online and I look forward to seeing him live on stage again soon.