The Solihull News caught up with the Mr Angry of comedy, due to perform at Birmingham Symphony Hall next month, to see if those anger management classes had really worked, or if the simple baked potato could cause him to lose his cool.
Claiming he wasn’t quite as angry as his onstage persona, Rhod admitted it didn’t take much to make him see red.
For his BBC series Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience, which saw him try his hand at all manner of everyday jobs, from bin man to tattoo artist, he allowed himself to be forever etched with a flaming Battenburg.
Sounding scarily similar to one of his onstage rants he said: “I’m only keeping the tattoo because I’ve heard it’s more painful to get it removed than put on. Never wanted a frigging tattoo but the producers were pushing for it. It was just pointless pain.”
The comedian, currently voted Wales’ Sexiest Male, only got into comedy in his early thirties after he said his girlfriend’s nagging persuaded him to try a comedy course.
“I always loved making people laugh and was a bit of a class clown at school. I was always absolutely useless at everything else,” he added.
“That first ever gig is always going to be your best.”
Since then the award-winning comedian and his famous lost-luggage sketch has become a regular on Live At The Apollo, got several sell-out tours under his belt and two BBC shows.
l Rhod Gilbert will be at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall on Friday April 13 and Saturday 14.
Tickets, £15, are available from the Box Office on 0121 345 0600 or at www.thsh.co.uk.