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.
Thank you so much for hosting our Annual Awards ceremony at the National Museum last week. You really hit exactly the right note – and got the level of our audience spot on! You were hugely entertaining but also navigated the intricacies of the Awards in a way which would put the Oscars to shame. You made the gig look so easy, but I can only imagine how much work (and research) goes into delivering a set of that calibre. You were truly a joy to work with.
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!
Hi Rod and Ian, the feedback from last night was phenomenal, everyone had a brilliant time, thank you so much for joining us and making us laugh so much.
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