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Interview: I'm A Celebrity host Rob Beckett heads to Cheltenham Town Hall

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: February 25, 2014

By Louisa Davies

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Comedian Rob Beckett

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COMEDIAN Rob Beckett will be delving into his personal life with his gig at Cheltenham Town Hall this week.

The funnyman is turning the attention on his earlier years for his latest stand-up tour at venues across the UK.

“It’s all about me and my family, and how it was growing up as a working class family in London,” he says.

“It’s light-hearted fun for all and I hope everyone leaves with a smile. My comedy style is basically using what I observe around me to make people laugh. It’s never mean.”

A regular guest on Mock the Week and Live at the Apollo, Rob says the main inspiration behind his comedy career have been those closest to him.

“My performances are always about my family; they’re very funny people,” he says.

“My celebrity influences would be Peter Kay and Alan Davies, comedians who I grew up with. I was very star-struck when I met Alan for the first time – he was my childhood idol.”

Rob grew up in London, and both his father and brother are black cab drivers.

If he wasn’t working in comedy, he says he would have followed in their footsteps.

A keen football fan, the I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now! host would love to see David Moyes and Alex Ferguson skydive into the Australian jungle.

On a personal level he’d love to play a villain in EastEnders. “He’d be called Clint Danger and Phil Mitchell would be his nemesis.”

Tickets for his gig tomorrow night cost £12. Call 08445 762210.

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