Rob Heeney - Comedy Biography

Over the past decade, Rob Heeney has established a dual reputation as both as an award-winning comedy writer and as one of the top comedians on the live circuit.

As a stand-up, Rob Has played all of the nation’s leading clubs including The Comedy Store, Jongleurs, Highlight, The Glee Clubs, Komedia, The Stand, The Frog & Bucket, Laughterhouse & Up the Creek. Further afield, he’s also performed in countries as diverse as the UAE, USA, the Netherlands and South Africa.

Described as ‘A definite must-see’ by UK Comedy Guide, Chortle, Rob’s refreshing brand of story-telling comedy blends playfulness and cynicism in equal measure. Charming and engaging, Rob’s hilarious anecdotes, and incredibly perceptive observations on modern life, address topics audiences the world over can relate to.

His own background gives him a wealth of experiences to draw-upon too; Originating from the Isle of Man, where he was born one Christmas Eve, Rob was a qualified Chemical Physicist, trained Systems Analyst, taxi driver and even International Table Tennis Player, before making the move into comedy!

Rob's versatility, quick wit and excellent ad-libbing skills have made him a much sought after comic and compere. Over the years he has enjoyed long-term residencies in Guildford, Bracknell, Reading, Canterbury, Ealing, Hampstead, and Liverpool's Rawhide. In 2009 he supported Jim Jeffries on his National Arena Tour and in 2011 was selected as a lead comedian on the Foster’s Funny 22-date tour of the UK.

An avid sports fan, Rob is often invited as a guest on sporting programmes – appearing on shows such as Radio 2’s football-based panel show ‘Never Write Off The Germans’, Radio 5 Live’s ‘Fighting Talk’ and most recently ‘TalkSPORT’s Guide to the Olympics’. He is also currently presenting the popular Liverpool FC Podcast ‘Not Just a Matter of Life and Death’ every week.

“Heeney is fantastic, a deft exponent of the great comic maxim that all jokes are about truth and pain – who else could get so many laughs from a story about a ruptured Achilles' tendon?”
- Plymouth Herald

A keen tennis player and 5-a-side footballer, Rob’s own sporting exploits however recently caused an involuntary break from stand-up. What started as a short time away from the circuit to concentrate on writing projects, was unexpectedly extended when Rob ruptured Achilles tendon. Months of recovery followed during which time he wasn’t able to ‘stand up’ at all.

On the bright side, the enforced sabbatical did give him time to write a wealth of brilliant new material (including a new hour-long solo show which was recently nominated for Best Comedy Show at Buxton Fringe) and now he’s back, relishing his return to the circuit, delivering storming performances up and down the country and funnier than ever.

Writing

Following a commission writing for Radio Two's The Day The Music Died, Rob enjoyed a stint presenting the breakfast show on Reading's 2Ten FM, before joining Heart, where he spent two years writing Jamie Theakston's Breakfast Show - winning a Sony Silver Award into the bargain. He has also recently guested on BBC Five Live's Fighting Talk and as a regular guest on Sky News's Press Preview. He is currently comedy writing for Capital FM and EA Games.

Edinburgh Shows

Rob's solo Edinburgh shows over the years have included 'No Pressure' (2008) and Rom.com (2009). He is currently touring festivals with a new Solo show ‘Rob Heeney in Vincible’ which was recently nominated for Best Comedy Show at Buxton Fringe.

Radio & TV

In addition to his stint as a breakfast show presenter, Rob’s other Radio appearances have included:

BBC Radio 2 – Guest - Never Write Off The Germans
BBC Radio 4 – Actor – It’s that Jo Caulfield Again
Voice Over – Radio Ad for O2
2Ten FM – Morning Crew Presenter – GWR Radio

His TV appearances have included:

BBC TV - Talking head - Most Annoying People
Sky News - Regular Studio Guest – commenting on various news stories.
ITV – Guest Act – Arthur Smith’s Comedy Club
Channel 5 – Studio Guest - Live from Studio Five
BBC Three – Studio Guest - Castaway Exposed
Channel 5 – Talking Head – Fonzie’s Happy Days

Rob also has a hugely popular Podcast 'Rob Heeney's People With Stories'