Before becoming a comedian, Rouse was a geography teacher. Since winning Channel Four’s prestigious ‘So You Think You’re Funny’ competition at the Edinburgh Festival in 1998, an award previously won by Phil Kay, Dylan Moran, Lee Mack, Tommy Tiernan and Peter Kay, he has been a regular performer at major venues on both the London and national circuit.
Rob Rouse got his first break in comedy by winning the So You Think You’re Funny? new act competition in 1998. As well as stand-up, he also performed as part of the Big And Daft trio with Ian Boldsworth and Jon Williams from 1997 to 2002, taking three shows to the Edinburgh Fringe. In 2002 he took his first solo show to the Fringe.
TV credits include presenting the first series of The Friday Night Project on Channel 4, the C4 sketch show Spoons, and playing Mike in the first series of the BBC3 sitcom Grown Ups. In 2016, he played Bottom in Ben Elton’s Upstart Crow.