Rob Deering performs stand-up comedy with music, using a guitar, a loop pedal and his voice to create impressive rock and pop soundscapes – and do jokes, of course.
Using a battery of effects pedals, he creates whole songs live on stage to help him look at how ludicrous rock music can be, the worst lyrics ever written, and wildly inappropriate songs to accompany certain moments in life. He also points out how many performers sing with bread in their mouths and the similarity of songs previously consider worlds apart - such as Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit and Abba's Dancing Queen.
Rob has performed throughout the world, in shows from the Middle East to Melbourne, Shanghai to the South of France, and he has appeared on any number of Radio and TV shows, often using his extensive knowledge of film, popular music and… well, ‘general’; he has won Celebrity Mastermind and a comedians’ special of the Weakest Link on BBC One, for example.
A quiz addict, Rob also hosts his own music quiz - Beat This. In what has become a comedy festival institution, Rob combines his comedy and hosting skills with his musicianship to play a huge range of songs from the 80s to the present day to test contestants’ knowledge. As if that wasn’t enough, he also hosts his own film quiz, Film This, based on Trivial Pursuits featuring slices of real cake.
Armed with a battery of effects pedals, Rob homes in on the silliest lyrics ever written and songs you really shouldn’t listen to at certain moments in life. The Independent describes his superb musicianship and physical comedy as ‘nothing less than a joy.’ He has hosted 99 Things To Do Before You Die, toured with Emo Philips and set an impressive record by answering every question correctly on The Weakest Link.
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