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Sunday 19 September 2021

Interview: Rob Brydon Steps Outside Of His Comfort Zone For A Night of Songs & Laughter @ Brighton Dome

Rob Brydon has come to this interview directly from the photo shoot for his new live tour, A Night of Songs & Laughter, which visits Brighton Dome on Saturday 25 September. 

The comedian deadpans that, "I was looking rather lovely in a suit and freshly pressed shirt. It was a glorious sight to behold. As you know, I'm a very elegant man. I encapsulate a lot of Daniel Craig." A pause. "Albeit after he's been savagely beaten."

This is typical of the infectious sense of humour with which Rob has made his name over the last three decades. 

The welcome news is that you will be able to witness this first-hand. 

The twist is that on this tour, as well as his funny stand-up and his dazzling array of impersonations, Rob will be treating audiences to his singing, accompanied by a very talented 8-piece band. 

Rob makes for wonderful company. He is just as entertaining offstage as he is on it

An hour in his company simply flies by. It's like being treated to a command performance – to a very privileged audience of one.

For all his success on TV, Rob has been yearning for a return to his live roots: 

"Live comedy is just such a buzz. People come just to see you. Sometimes you stand on stage thinking, 'Good God, these people have all gone to the trouble of paying a babysitter and chosen to come and watch my show.' That's a very special feeling."

The comedian goes on to explain in more depth why he is so drawn to live performing. 

"It feels very natural to me. Sometimes people say, 'I can't imagine getting up on stage and performing. It would be so terrifying.' But you don't choose that life – it's almost a calling, something you just have to do. 

"You feel very comfortable on stage, and that grows over time. The more you get used to it, the more it becomes your norm.


"I like to entertain people and make them laugh. It's a real privilege. As with a lot of things, you appreciate that more as you get older. You stand there on stage and think, 'Wow, this is great!'"

At the same time, because he is known primarily as a comedian, Rob is conscious that performing A Night of Songs & Laughter might be regarded as a risky business. 

But, he asserts: 

"It's a deliberate risk. I have got to the stage of my career where shows I'm in like Would I Lie To You? and The Trip and stand-up tours return. 

"But I want to go outside my comfort zone and test myself. I'll be nervous before this tour thinking, 'What will the reaction be?' But I'm taking a chance, and the fact that there is risk involved is part of the thrill of it." 

Rob wraps up by expressing what he hopes audiences will take away from A Night of Songs & Laughter. 

"I hope people will come out happier than when they went in because they've had such a great time. I hope they will have forgotten about the world for two hours. Especially considering the last year we have all had.

"As a performer in the last few years, you can really feel that people just want to escape. It's tangible. 

"People come up to you afterwards and say, 'I'm so glad you didn't talk about the state of the country.' 

"My show is an escape. It's a service. People want to go out and be entertained. In times of adversity, which you could definitely say we are in now, people want that more than ever." 

Never more than a minute away from the next joke, Rob adds with a wry grin: 

"Of course, if the box office is still open, a percentage of the audience will be looking for a refund, I don't doubt that. I can only hope that the more forgiving among them will draw a line in the sand and put it behind them!"

Rob Brydon – A Night of Songs & Laughter is at Brighton Dome on Saturday 25 September. Tickets are £40 available from brightondome.org

by: Mike Cobley & James Rampton




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