IT’S been a busy few years for the comedian known as Mouth of the South.

Now Rob Beckett is back on tour with a new stand up show called Wallop! which kicks off in Bournemouth in October.

Besides hosting BBC One’s All Together Now and being team captain on Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Rob has appeared on shows including Live At The Apollo and Would I Lie To You? as well as the unmistakable voice of Channel 4’s Celebs Go Dating.

Rob hosted this year’s Comic Relief and last year’s Children in Need. Other TV appearances include The Jonathan Ross Show, The Graham Norton Show and Michael McIntyre’s Big Show.

But Rob ‎says he never takes success for granted. “I’ve done hundreds of low-paid jobs in my time. I used to work in a flower market carrying around bags of compost. So the fact that I can now put my face on a poster and people will turn up for the show makes me so pleased!

‎”When I started out as a comedian, I thought, ‘If I can just about make a living doing comedy‎, I’ll be the happiest man in the world. So, as you can imagine, I’m pretty happy now!”

He says it’s important to just be a normal bloke.

He adds: “You don’t need to be diva-ish in this business. At the end of the day, we’re just chatting on stage. I’m genuinely grateful that people come to see me.

“If it wasn’t for the audience, I wouldn’t have a jet-wash – I’d just have an ordinary hose!”

* Rob Beckett’s Wallop! is at Bournemouth Pavilion for two nights on Tuesday, October 1 and Wednesday October 2.

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