Comedy favourite visits Saddleworth ahead of role in new Ben Elton sitcom

A LONG-TIME favourite at Saddleworth’s Off The Rails Comedy Club is set to hit the big time as he stars in a new Ben Elton sitcom.

Rob House (picture thanks to Andy Hollingworth)

Rob Rouse will play the role of William Shakespeare’s manservant Bottom in the keenly anticipated new show Upstart Crow alongside David Mitchell and Gemma Whelan.

The show, which airs on BBC2 next month, is being touted as ‘the new Blackadder’ and could well catapult Rob into the limelight.

But first, the comedian will headline on familiar ground at Off The Rails Comedy Club in Greenfield on March 27, Easter Sunday.

The former geography teacher from Macclesfield has many voices in his head and when unleashed his shows become more like a hysterically funny play than one man telling very funny tales.

Opening the show is ‘comedy chameleon’ Pat Cahill who effortlessly shifts from a hilarious song to something as diverse as physical comedy or maybe even a quick work out with some props, all lovingly sprinkled with first class one liners.

Ashton’s Liam Pickford completes the bill while compere for the evening is Bristolian Sally-Anne Hayward.

The show starts at 8pm at The Royal George, Manchester Road, Greenfield. Admission £8/£5 NUS and tickets available in person from the Royal George or online at 


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