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Congress Theatre, Eastbourne Saturday 13 June 8pm

It has been a while, but the multi-award-winning Welsh comedian Rhod Gilbert is back, with a brand new live show The Book Of John which sees him storm back with his trademark volcanic delivery at the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne on Saturday 13 June, tickets have just gone on sale and early booking is strongly recommended.

In a seven-year break from stand-up, a lot has happened to Rhod. Almost all of it s**t. Just when he thought he’d hit rock bottom, he met a bloke called John.

Gilbert has had a terrible time of late: losing his mother to Alzheimer’s, suffering a small stroke, struggling with infertility, heavy going material for a Saturday night, but not in Gilbert’s clever comic hands.

Because of the stroke, Gilbert was unable to drive for a year and so hired a chauffeur: John. This turned out to be a comedy goldmine: John was full of opinions and liked to talk. Gilbert wrote it all down and thus – The Book of John.

This achingly funny and moving night out sees this powerhouse comic finding the laughter that can be wrenched from fear, despair and a seemingly dim-witted driver.

Gilbert is a familiar face on television screens for his Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience, Stand up to Shyness as well as Would I Lie to You?, Taskmaster, QI, Live at The Apollo, and Have I Got News for You?

Stand up to Shyness saw Rhod delve into the cause of his crippling shyness which saw him sleep rough rather than face having to meet a group of new people on a university trip and find it near impossible to go to a café on his own and drink a coffee – yet be able to stand in front of thousands of people and make them all laugh. Recently Rhod launched a new campaign for HIMfertility, under the slogan Time to Talk Tackle, which highlights male infertility and lifestyle changes that may increase men’s chances of fertility, such as stopping smoking, cutting down on alcohol, exercising and following a healthy diet.

In The Book Of John Rhod is as funny as ever, but like never before, raw, personal and brutally honest. Rhod Gilbert: The Book Of John at Congress Theatre, Eastbourne Saturday 13 June 8pm, £29.50, to book call the box office on 01323 412000 or online eastbournetheatres.co.uk which now gives the option to print-tickets-at-home and choose your seat based on the views which it offers. Age guidance 16+