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Dr. George Ryegold, the alter ego of Time Out’s Rising Star Toby Williams, is the sleazy, pompous surgeon in tweed with an unhealthy approach to the ‘ins and outs’ of the human body. Sharing his anecdotes from the frontline of gynaecological and scatological surgery, this Doc is unperturbed at the gross injustice of his recent suspension from the Medical Register.
British actor, writer and stand up Toby Williams unforgettable character creation has brought him a whole host of accolades, including a nomination for ‘The Malcolm Hardee Award for Comic Originality’ for his debut Edinburgh 2009 show ‘Trample The Weak, Hurdle The Dead’. Amusing and horrifying audiences and critics alike, the dismal Doctor has been listed in the Amused Moose Laughter Awards Top 10 Comedy Show in 2013, The Scotsman’s Top Five Comedy Shows at the Fringe 2012, and was crowned Winner of Best Show at Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2011. In 2012, his line “Pornography is often frowned upon, but that’s only because I’m concentrating” was included in Dave‘s ‘Top 10 Funniest Jokes of the Fringe’.
On the small screen, Toby has appeared in sitcoms such as Morgana Robinson’s The Agency (BBC 2), Bull (UKTV GOLD), Raised By Wolves (Channel 4), Trying Again (Sky Living) and Benidorm (ITV). He is also known as the voice of Rumple the Rhino in Iconicles for CBeebies. Toby’s trailblazing Harold Shipman meets Viz’s Profanisaurus medic creation deserves it’s Time Out praise for it’s “wondrous depravity and grotesque beauty. Wicked… twisted… deliciously dark.”
Watch Dr. George Ryegold’s Stand-Up Special
Disgraced doctor or misunderstood monster? Well, he’s probably a bit of both and has a voice so rich that even the most disturbing of anecdotes is soothingly medicinal. This is rather like a house call from Patch Adams’s evil (and funnier) brother. The doctor will see you now…
See Dr. George Ryegold Live
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Born in Hampshire, England, actor, writer and stand up Toby Williams studied Biology at Queen Mary University of London, lived in the city for over 25 years since moving there as a student. His glamorous CV whilst a student includes working as a street cleaner, dustbin man and factory worker, cleaning the rotting vegetables from plastic crates. Leaving university aged 21, Toby went on to work as a building labourer throughout the recession, before working a brief stint as an Ecologist. Answering a job advertisement in the Evening Standard then lead to Toby working for a firm of Private Investigators in London and around the UK. He continued his role as a PI for the next three years, documenting his experiences in a script he went onto write ‘The PI’s Apprentice’. This was eventually performed at the Soho Theatre in 2017.
Toby’s first foray into comedy came via an open mic night in 2007 (which turned out to be more a folk music night instead) but he carried on regardless and his love (and fear!) of the live circuit was born. In 2009, Toby performed as Dr George Ryegold in the two hour “Big Value Comedy Show” at the Edinburgh Fringe alongside Brett Goldstein, Danny Mcloughlin, and Seann Walsh, a platform recognised as a launchpad for future comedy stars. At the same time he also performed his hit debut solo show George Ryegold: Trample The Weak, Hurdle The Dead. Gaining reputations and something of a cult following, Dr George Ryegold returned with a further four fringe festival outings: The Ordeal of Dr. Ryegold in 2010, George Ryegold’s God In A Bag in 2012, George Ryegold: Adulterated in 2013 and in 2014, George Ryegold: Iron Face in a Velvet Beard. In 2017, Toby also created a new online short along side Cavan Clerkin (star of BBC comedy Pulling) called ManDate.