Blues prop tackles career as comedian

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 under ‘booking tickets’.

“I wanted Bedford to see it first,” said Robin.