Rob Deering

Comedian

Rob Deering

Forget all the tired cliches about musical comedians – Rob Deering isn’t some scruffy pretender milking a few cheap puns while strumming the three chords he knows on an out-of-tune guitar. He’s a razor-sharp, clean-cut performer equally comfortable riffing on a punchline as he is a on his Fender Stratocaster. Known colloquially as “The Looping Comedian”, Deering was building intricate one-man, electronic storms of sound long before you heard of Ed Sheeran. And he is keeping up with times – Deering’s summer club smash “In or Out” hilariously recast the EU referendum debate to the tune of Blur’s “Girls & Boys”. Sadly, the joke’s just not as funny anymore. It’s unsurprising to learn Deering began as a musician, “failing to get famous”, as he puts it, in a string of bands with ever-more dubious names: Wax Lyrical, The Jemimah Stepdads, Giant, Silver, The Glass Needle and Galar. Later, he channelled his craft into writing theme tunes, pop songs and jingles, and flirted with a theatre career, before Deering turned his sizeable IQ – a whopping 148, he claims – towards the big money prizes on a string of UK TV gameshows. Rob still holds the honour of being the first person to win quiz show The Weakest Link without getting a question wrong – much to host Anne Robinson’s mirth.

 

Rob Deering

Forget all the tired cliches about musical comedians – Rob Deering isn’t some scruffy pretender milking a few cheap puns while strumming the three chords he knows on an out-of-tune guitar. He’s a razor-sharp, clean-cut performer equally comfortable riffing on a punchline as he is a on his Fender Stratocaster. Known colloquially as “The Looping Comedian”, Deering was building intricate one-man, electronic storms of sound long before you heard of Ed Sheeran. And he is keeping up with times – Deering’s summer club smash “In or Out” hilariously recast the EU referendum debate to the tune of Blur’s “Girls & Boys”. Sadly, the joke’s just not as funny anymore. It’s unsurprising to learn Deering began as a musician, “failing to get famous”, as he puts it, in a string of bands with ever-more dubious names: Wax Lyrical, The Jemimah Stepdads, Giant, Silver, The Glass Needle and Galar. Later, he channelled his craft into writing theme tunes, pop songs and jingles, and flirted with a theatre career, before Deering turned his sizeable IQ – a whopping 148, he claims – towards the big money prizes on a string of UK TV gameshows. Rob still holds the honour of being the first person to win quiz show The Weakest Link without getting a question wrong – much to host Anne Robinson’s mirth. Amid all this wit and randomness, comedy seemed like the most appropriate outlet for Rob’s hyper-animated, restless talent. Turning to the stage in 2000 – and first strapping a guitar into his act a few years later – Rob Deering soon broke into front rooms across the UK as a regular on Channel 4 breakfast show RI:SE – in which his act included frequently falling over. That gag was (eventually) retired in 2011 following knobbly knee-related issues, but fear not – this precocious talent has more than enough actual jokes up his sleeve. Just don’t say he’s matured.

 

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