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Rob Carter is an award winning musical comedian, stand-up and actor also known as his bespectacled author alter ego – Christopher Bliss. Regularly gigging on the comedy circuit, Rob has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as well as on screen in Peep Show and Fresh Meat. After making the finals in the Chortle Student Comedian of the Year competition in 2011 Rob’s comedy journey got off to a flying start, going on to win the Musical Comedy Awards in 2012, and reaching the finals for the 2013 BBC New Comedy Award. Not one to rest on his laurels, Rob later re-emerged at the Edinburgh Fringe as the lovable literary idiot, Christopher Bliss – the worst novelist in Shropshire.
Rob’s debut character comedy show about an author who pens three novels a day was a unique creation of storytelling silliness and literary blunders. His blissful creation was met with huge warmth and acclaim, with the character subsequently returning to the Fringe in 2017 with Christopher Bliss: Writing Wrongs, hailed by Fest as “consistently pant-wettingly funny”. Well, we hope you’ve brought some fresh keks with you, because barmy bookworm Christopher has a real page turner here to share with you!
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Christopher Bliss is the novelist who writes two to three novels a day and is sure he’s the best writer in his village. Rob Carter masters the well meaning idiot in this endearing, cringe inducing character comedy based on a bad writer and his even worse books.
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After studying Maths at Cambridge, Rob Carter decided he wasn’t really cut out for a career in banking, instead taking the plunge to train as an actor at LAMDA drama school. He reflects on his time at Cambridge as useful though, giving him inspiration to later create a character who “loves the sound of his own voice but doesn’t have a clue what he’s talking about, because I don’t really know what I am talking about.” After graduating from LAMDA, Rob took on a number of comedy cameos in popular TV shows such as Fresh Meat, and Peep Show for Channel 4 and Siblings for BBC Three. The charm in Rob’s early Flight Of The Conchords style guitar-strumming comedy set showed huge potential, winning him the 2011 Chortle Student Comedian of the Year Award. The following year Rob entered and won the annual Musical Comedy Awards, a highly regarded independent platform that celebrates the art-form. In 2013 Rob made his first pilgrimage to the Underbelly at the Edinburgh Fringe with his show, MURDER (AND OTHER HOBBIES) as a polite ex-prefect and wannabe, punk using an acoustic guitar to send up his nice guy persona. Perhaps here was the embryonic form of his alter ego, and 3 years later his debut character show was born – ROB CARTER IS CHRISTOPHER BLISS. In 2017 this was followed by a successful second outing in, CHRISTOPHER BLISS – WRITING WRONGS.
Taking his Fringe character to another level, Rob believes the best imaginary characters are those who the audience can believe really do exist, and Christopher Bliss’s Twitter and Facebook persona has now garnered a loyal following. Fans can also interact with the character on a regular basis too on the first Friday of every month at the Camden Comedy Club, where the character runs a the hilarious Literary Salon, which Christopher modestly claims is an opportunity to “pass on my wisdom to aspiring novelists”.