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Beware the Ides of March with Rob Rouse

Rob Rouse - “A man with genuinely funny bones" - The Sunday Times Nina Gilligan - Winner of the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Award Amelia Rose - Self deprecating, single, shirty & 30* *ish

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Beware the Ides of March with Rob Rouse
Beware the Ides of March with Rob Rouse

Time & Location

12 Mar 2023, 19:00 – 23:00

Ilkley, Leeds Rd, Ilkley LS29 8LY, UK


About The Event

For our first visit to the ever-popular Hollygarth Social Club in Ilkley we have a Moor Laughs Comedy Club treat.



As  seen on Ben Elton’s hit BBC2 Shakespeare sitcom ‘Upstart Crow’ Standup  Rob Rouse is coming to Moor Laughs Comedy Club at the Hollygarth fresh  from a West End sellout run of Upstart Crow!

Rob Rouse’s ‘Bottom’  received a warm welcome with viewers and critics alike on Elton’s keenly  anticipated ‘Upstart Crow’ which first aired in the spring of 2016 and  was voted ‘Best new sitcom’ on the British Comedy Guide. Rob played  William Shakespeare’s manservant, alongside David Mitchell, Harry  Enfield, Mark Heap, Paula Wilcox, Gemma Whelan, Liza Tarbuck and Spencer  Jones. The BBC2 show has catapulted the stand up comic back into the  limelight.

One of comedy’s most lively, loveable and dynamic  performers, Rob won Channel 4’s Prestigious So You Think You’re Funny  competition at the Edinburgh Festival in way back in 1998. He’s one of  our best comic storytellers, has performed all over the world and works  long form narratives into hard-hitting, uncompromising hilarious tales  filled with warmth and a sense of compassion for our collective human  frailties.

“He’s a man with genuinely funny bones”  THE SUNDAY TIMES

“Rob Rouse is a born clown, a latter-day Stan Laurel” TIME OUT

“The  tears of laughter came in floods… a sustained piece of observational  storytelling which just peaked and peaked…  he is prepared to go to the  bleakest and most uncomfortable places….the real reason is simply that  he is a great storyteller, of the kind who is able to blur the  boundaries between fact and fiction to get at the truths of life and  death which lie behind their tale.” THE SCOTSMAN

‘Every single one  of these everyday observations and shared recognitions is blown out of  the mainstream by his electric-shock treatment of the material…You want  to hug his brain for coming up with this stuff, even as you want to wash  his mouth out with soap for saying it.’ THE HERALD

★★★★★ “Comedy guaranteed to lighten even the darkest of moods… always a step ahead of your expectations…” EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS

★★★★★ “Bursting with originality, energy and enthusiasm, Rob Rouse is a delirious but hilarious man” THE LIST

★★★★ “Just go and see it. He's a man with genuinely funny bones” THE SUNDAY TIMES

★★★★ “Belly Laugh funny” THE HERALD

★★★★ “Brilliant, uplifting fun” CHORTLE

★★★★ “Eye-wateringly hilarious” THE LIST

★★★★ “Left the audience in a giggling slobbering heap” EDINBURGH FESTIVAL MAGAZINE


Nina  is a writer, actor and comedian who, in 2021, was the winner of the  prestigious Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Award. Previous  winners have included Johnny Vegas, Greg Davies, Jason Manford and Rhodd  Gilbert. Nina is the third woman to win the award in its 28-year  history.

Award Winning Comedian Nina Gilligan exploded on to the comedy scene in 2011 and is now a regular on the UK circuit.

Sometimes outrageous, always hilarious, observational and Storytelling comedy for all. A persona you will fall in love with.

A bolshier Mrs Merton she’s not one to suffer fools lightly so watch out for a razor sharp wit used at will.

“Nina Gilligan is a naturally funny comedian with a charming and genuinely likeable style”

- John Thomson


‘Amelia  Rose, 30*, single, shirty & surviving on the mean streets of  Bradford (the posh bit). Self deprecating, sad little stories of dating  disasters & pathetic attempts to adult.


ROB, NINA  and AMELIA will be introduced by MR MOOR LAUGHS 'master of ceremonies'  ROBSON STROUD who has managed comedy nights in Ilkley, Leeds, London and  Manchester on and off for 25 years and is mentored by cult comedy  legend Charlie Chuck aka Reeves and Mortimer's Uncle Peter.

Over  the last four years Moor Laughs Comedy has been providing more laughs to  any venue near the Yorkshire Moors with a decent stage and an excellent  bar. We are committed to booking nationally-acclaimed headliners and  giving our audience a full ‘supporting undercard’ of quality comedians  who we have seen and approved before.


The  Hollygarth bar will be open before, after and at the intervals to  purchase an impressive range of competitively-priced drinks and snacks.

In the last four years Moor Laughs has booked headliners of the calibre of  Geoff Norcott, Gary Delaney, Simon Evans, Jojo Sutherland, Scott  Bennett, Shazia Mirza, Leo Kearse, Angelos Epithemiou, Clinton.  Baptiste, Noel James, Bobby Mair and Troy Hawke.


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