About Rob Mulholland
Popular comedian Rob Mulholland fell into comedy after finding a flyer looking for acts to appear at Harrogate Comedy Festival on the ground outside his front door. In the years since, he has clocked up a huge amount of gigs all over the UK as well as in Holland & Norway and is now a regular feature in most of the UK’s well known comedy clubs.
Becoming known for his intricately woven, gag-packed stories; adding a touch of the absurd to his askance glance at everyday life, Rob has won a host of awards including Hilarity Bites New Act of the Year, the famous Beat the Frog World Series, Funhouse Comedy Champion of Champions and in 2016 he was also a finalist in the prestigious Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year.
Providing tour support for Paul Chowdhry, Nick Helm and Gary Delaney, comedian Rob Mulholland has also become a regular feature on the iconic touring show ‘Panel Beaters’ where he plays the role of Death. Featuring in the iconic AAA showcase at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival, Rob Mulholland debuted his first solo show “Popular Comedian Rob Mulholland” in 2017. He has also performed on BBC Radio 4xtra, Yet Another Comedy Podcast’ with Danny Deegan and Tony Jameson, and can be heard regularly on his podcast Rob Mulholland Has An Opinion.
WATCH ROB MULHOLLAND: POPULAR COMEDIAN
With a middle finger up to the populist, liberal stand-up show, Rob Mulholland is the working class comedian from Yorkshire spinning you a crazy comedy yarn (coz he got Arts Council funding to do it – yeah?) Rob’s epic tale of one drink and drug fuelled night in the seedy Leeds underworld would certainly give the lads from The Hangover a run for their money
Reviews and Awards
In 2016 Rob was a finalist for Leicester Mercury Comedian Of The Year. He was a runner up for the Yorkshire Fringe Comedian Of The Year 2016, and was named Hilarity Bites Comedian of the Year and Beat The Frog World Series Champion in 2015. He also won the Funhouse Comedy Champion of Champions 2014.
‘If you only go see one comedian this month, make it Rob Mulholland’The Skinny
‘Very, very tall and equally as talented’Time Out
‘Two-metres-plus of wonderfully witty anecdotal mirth’Derbyshire Times
‘He’s mastered the art of exaggerated anger, raging against anything on his radar… If you like your comedians pissed off, Mulholland’s your man’Chortle
‘Great delivery and a confident swagger…A riot’Lancashire Evening Telegraph
Rob Mulholland Tickets
Information on Rob Mulholland’s upcoming gigs and live shows can be found here
Originally from Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, Comedian Rob Mulholland (not to be confused with the prolific sculptor of the same name) spoke to The Skinny about his first comedy gig and where it all began. According to Rob it was “two minutes above a pub in London in the first round of a competition. I did a bit about how chicken nuggets look like faces and included a pratfall. It was bad. But I got to the semi-final, because everyone in London is terrible at comedy…My third gig was a charity gig in an Indian restaurant. I was the only act and they asked me to do half an hour. No one in the restaurant knew there was to be comedy and there wasn’t a mic or a stage, so I was just a man in the corner shouting at strangers. After five minutes I was paused so they could take orders and when I resumed waiters kept pushing me out of their way to deliver food.”
The gigs have certainly picked up since then. After making waves on the comedy circuit in pubs and theatres across the country, Rob Mulholland made his first venture to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2015 alongside his energetic scottish comedy partner Monty Burns with their show #Blurred Minds. The following year he made his return to the fringe as part of the long running sell-out talent night, AAA Stand Up, a triple bill sharing the stage with the likes of Twanya Mayne and Francis Foster. The same year Rob made a breakthrough taking third place in the prestigious Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year competition.
But it was his 2017 solo debut – Rob Mulholland: Popular Comedian – that got people talking for it’s assault on the hypocrisy behind the gatekeepers of comedy funding – Arts Council England. Speaking to Fringe Pig, about the contempt with which he feels the arts council and other regional funding bodies hold stand up comedy, he explains – “Arts councils don’t fund comedy because it’s a ‘self-funding industry’, apparently – which came as a surprise to me after seeing my bill for last year’s Fringe. I believe it has more to do with the fact that comedy is actually entertaining and enjoyed by working-class people…These bodies waste vast sums of money on attempting to revive long-dead and irrelevant art forms such as opera and ballet. These old genres aren’t fit for purpose any more. Their deaths are not something to be mourned; it’s just natural selection…All of this is fed into by the bullshit notions of high art and low art; basically, if something is entertaining and enjoyed by working-class people then it is of inferior artistic value…Surely giving working-class artists a chance to create art that is relevant to them is the whole point of Arts Council England or Creative Scotland?”
The struggle is real but Rob Mulholland continues to make live comedy work. His next venture will be performing his new show “Too Big to Fail” (no doubt a reference to his 6ft 7” stature) in his hometown before taking it up the Edinburgh Fringe.
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