A former Bedford Blues rugby prop is heading for stardom after pitching in to a new career as a stand up comedian.
Robin Boot started out singing his self-penned “silly songs” at jam nights he organised in The Ship pub.
When he was forced to retire from rugby due to a neck injury, he found himself drawn to his second love – performing.
“I’ve always been a musician and I’d been writing my own silly songs for years,” he said.
His new career started after a friend asked him to perform at a charity comedy night.
“I didn’t really consider myself a comedian– but my songs went down a storm.
“I realised I could make people laugh, so I decided I should concentrate on comedy,” said the 34-year-old.
Since then Robin has never looked backed and last year he performed three sell-out shows at Edinburgh Festival.
This year he is returning to Edinburgh with a new show called Rockomedy: Welcome to The Pungle.
Local people can have a preview of the show at The Quarry Theatre at St Luke’s on July 19. Tickets are available on the Bedford Fringe website http://bedfringe.com under ‘booking tickets’.
“I wanted Bedford to see it first,” said Robin.