York born writer, comedian and one time actor Rob Auton has ideas, writes them down and says them to audiences at comedy nights, poetry nights and at theatres at night. Rob has been standing up and saying things to audiences up, down and across the British Isles since 2008. He has written five five star rated Edinburgh fringe shows, 2012’s The Yellow Show, 2013’s The Sky Show, 2014’s The Face Show, 2015’s The Water Show and 2016’s The Sleep Show. He continues to build an audience through his unique world view and was the 2014 Glastonbury Festival official ‘Poet in Residence’ where Cerys Matthews told him live on air on Radio 6 “Rob, I could talk to you forever.”
In 2014 the Guardian called Rob “a genuine original” after seeing his Edinburgh fringe show The Face Show (an hour long comedy/theatre show about faces). In 2013 Rob won the ‘Dave Funniest Joke of The Fringe’ award with a gag about Chinese Wispas. On the day the news broke, Rob spoke to Vanessa Feltz on Radio 2, the conversation resulting in her saying “that’s just sad”, a quote that will stick with Rob forever.
Rob has had two collections of writing and illustrations published by Burning Eye books and has had his poetry turned into short films and shown on Channel 4. Rob also starred in and co-wrote the short film The Peamaster which was nominated for best short film at the 2012 Milan Film Festival. He was shortlisted for the 2015 Arts Foundation Spoken Word Prize in association with the Southbank Centre. His first Soho Theatre run will take place in Spring 2015.
Rob was a finalist for The Arts Foundation Spoken Word Award and is a regular poet at top spoken word night Bang Said the Gun.
‘Yes, The Sleep Show is intelligent, perceptive, and deeply profound. But it’s also hilarious.’
‘Entirely compelling to watch.’
“Charming, eccentric and uplifting, Auton is a talent to watch”
“poetical, philosophical, humane, completely charming and funny to boot”
“Comedy could use a few more Rob Autons – unafraid of sincerity and all the better for it.”
“We need him”
“Few artists have ever managed to consistently provide me with such joy and pleasure as Rob Auton. I always leave in awe of how good he is”
“Exactly the kind of show you should see at the fringe, the memory will stay with you for a long long time”
“Gaunt and deliberate”
Visit Rob’s website at: www.robauton.co.uk
Follow Rob on Twitter: @RobertAuton