No rest for Baglan comedian Rob Brydon
COMEDY star Rob Brydon has finished one of the biggest challenges of his professional life.
An eight-shows-a-week stint on the West End stage would test anyone's stamina, let alone someone who has never done anything as demanding before.
But with that experience behind him, the Baglan-born funnyman is not exactly taking time to catch his breath.
Tomorrow night, millions of TV viewers will see him present a section of the BBC's Comic Relief extravaganza as well as an appeal sequence he filmed in Africa.
Then there's more TV work in the offing, most of which he can't even talk about.
Last year he signed up to make his West End debut in Alan Ayckbourn's A Chorus Of Disapproval at the Harold Pinter Theatre. It was directed by theatre legend Trevor Nunn and ran from September until this January.
"That was an experience," said Rob. "I'd never done anything like that. It's quite tough to do eight shows a week, especially when you have never done anything like it before. When I tour there are breaks in it. Chorus Of Disapproval was a wonderful experience but it was hard work."
As the Post exclusively revealed yesterday, Rob will star in a one-night-only show at Swansea's Grand Theatre on Monday, April 22, in aid of Treat Trust Wales. He's a patron of the charity, which is striving to build a multi-million pound therapy centre in the grounds of Morriston Hospital.
Also wearing his charity hat, he'll be one of the presenters on Comic Relief tomorrow night, when he will join Michael McIntyre for the second hour.
The evening will also see the screening of an appeal film Rob made at a hospital in Uganda, where children with various life-threatening illnesses are cared for.
"That was a very affecting experience," said Rob. "It's worse than you think when you see it on the TV. It really does take your breath away."
He's best known for his turns in the likes of Marion And Geoff and, of course, Gavin And Stacey. He's also toured as a stand-up comic, is a fixture on BBC panel shows, presented his own chat show and penned a best-selling autobiography.
As for future work, he is getting ready to film a new series of his own hit panel show Would I Lie To You?
"There is other stuff coming up, other projects in the pipeline, but nothing has been announced yet so I can't really say anything about them," he added.