Award-winning comedian Rod Woodward is the son of eminent Welsh sports writer, Karl Woodward, who recently retired as the longest serving member of the National newspaper of Wales, The Western Mail. He had planned to follow his Dad and take up a career in the media but, when offered a job as a studio audience warm up man at HTV Wales, took a year out from university to pursue his childhood ambition of becoming a professional comedian. The rest is Geography!
Since then Woodward has been tipped for the comedy premiership by such luminaries as Peter Kay and the late Bob Monkhouse after winning the Best Newcomer to Variety Award. Having supported Paddy McGuinness and Russell Brand on tour, he won the BBC 1 Wales comedy competition Funny Business. He performed at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas ahead of Joe Calzaghe’s super fight with Bernard Hopkins and to celebrate Cardiff City reaching the FA Cup final, Rod wrote and performed comedy song ‘Do The Ayatollah,’ backed by more than 100 Bluebirds fans. Set to the tune of the Macarena, it was a You Tube sensation and was featured on network radio and television shows, including Soccer AM and GMTV.
More recently he was invited to host Max Boyce’s 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Wales Millennium Centre and appear on a St. David’s Day special on Welsh television and the hit primetime ITV show Sunday Night At The Palladium.
The highlight of Rod's career was being invited to perform at the London Palladium before William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, on the Royal Variety Performance which he followed with his debut national tour.
Rod is one of the funniest Comedians in the country and a brilliant Awards Host. He is the ideal choice for Speaking engagements, Awards Hosting, Conference Dinners and Comedy Nights. Please contact a Prime Performers Booking Agent on 020 7251 8222 to discuss your requirements.
Rod Woodward was excellent and finished off our evening after dinner in just the right way. A very funny man who deserves to succeed in his profession. He also had the audience in fits of laughter and topped it all by making our raffle which he conducted an absolute hoot. Thanks for all your help in making our annual gathering such a success. The choice of speakers was excellent.
Rod was amazingly funny... even my boss said that he couldn't have laughed much more as his face was hurting! He read the crowd immediately, found the right level and went for it!
I have nothing but praise for Rod, his entertainment went down a storm. Most people feel that he is the best we have had in years. Thank you for recommending him.
The Highways Agency
- Chairman of the England Selectors and regarded as the country's finest cricketing speaker with a wonderfully dry northern humour.
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- Sally is the greatest female athlete this country has ever produced and speaks candidly about "Setting goals for success"
Sally Gunnell OBE