If you don’t know Rob Deering then you don’t know musical comedy. His Beat This show is a highlight of many summer festivals, and he’ll be lighting up the Green Man site this weekend. We ask Rob some questions about his quizmaster-y, to recommend some bands, and what exactly is Beat This.
Hey Rob, what have you been up to today?
You don’t want to know!
For anyone that doesn’t know you, which song would you choose to describe yourself?
‘He’s Misstra Know It All’ by Stevie Wonder
You’ve done The Weakest Link, Mastermind and Fifteen To One. Which was the easiest?
Don’t forget Ken Bruce’s Popmaster… Mastermind was the easiest on the day, but only because I trained and revised to within an inch of my life.
You haven’t done Pointless yet, surely that’s a bucket list item for you? Who’d be your dream partner?
I have done Pointless. I am not at liberty to divulge what took place, but the fact that it’s never been broadcast is telling.
Tell us about Beat This.
It’s my late-night, comedy pop quiz – most commonly found at festivals, after bedtime. It’s a proper pop quiz, with mash-ups, medleys and challenges-against-the-clock, but I play all the music live, and four comedians – and the audience – improvise the content. To use a cliche, anything can happen – and it does.
What’s the one song that causes you problems when you try and play it?
I don’t know, but I’m sure I’ll find one at the Green Man.
What can you tell us about your 2017 so far?
Beat This-wise, Kendal Calling was a blast. I’ve done gigs in Wales, Spain, Dubai, and the Albert Hall… I ran the London Marathon, again… It’s been BUSY so far.
What’s coming up for the rest of your year?
More gigs, more marathons. The Comedy Stores, the Eventim Apollo (gigs); Yorkshire, New York (marathons).
You’re playing Green Man Festival next week, what can audiences expect from your set?
Music! I love to go to proper, cool festivals and pretend to myself that I’m a band – but don’t worry, always in support and service of the comedy; kill me if you ever see me go Serious.
Where’s the weirdest place you’d gigged?
Shed of the Year 2013 – which was a converted, upside down boat at the top of a Welsh hill.
Can you recommend some bands to see at Green Man?
Ride… Sleaford Mods… Girl Ray… plus they’re showing Free Fire on the Thursday.
Are there any other comedians worth checking out?
Yes! Jen Brister, Jarred Christmas, Josie Long, Tom Wrigglesworth… the whole bill is gold, frankly.
From your website it looks like you’re playing Green Man and V, how’s that going to work logistically? You’ll be knackered, right?
V get me in the daytime, the Green Man get me by night. I sleep in September.
If you could only listen to one song this week, what would it be?
It would be… tiresome.
What’s the question we should have asked you today but haven’t?
‘Who put the ram in the ramalamading dong?’
Finally, how do you take your coffee? (Or alcohol?)
Coffee: very strong, very black – like James Bond. Alcohol: vodka martini with olives, very dirty – NOT like James Bond.
Check out Rob’s comedy set early evening on Saturday, or (and we highly recommend this) Beat This sometime in the early hours of Saturday night, Sunday morning. For more information on Rob and his touring check out his website, or you can follow him on Twitter.
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