Comedy since 1997 I've done 1000s of gigs
Edinburgh Festival The Great Big Comedy Picnic 2003 and 2004, "Best Laid Plans" 2006
Witchwood Comedy Cauldron, compering and organising a monthly comedy gig at the Witchwood in Ashton under Lyne 2003-2004
Clock Tower Comedy Club Manchester. Compering and organising a once weekly comedy club. 2001-2002
TV Warmup for Granada TVs "Too Many Cooks" - 2005
Runner Up - Manchester Irish Comedian of the Year 2007
Winner - Comedy Store Gong Show 2004
Finalist Manchester City Life Comedian of the Year 2004
Finalist Holsten Pils/FHM Comedian of the Year 2004
Winner Fez Comedian of the Year 2000 The Fez- Bath
Winner Murphy's Malarkey Open Mic 1998 Scruffy Murphys -Manchester
First up was Roland Gent, who from the word go came across as a natural comic, a confidence that probably stemmed from his TV and Radio presenting and acting career. He unleashed a spate of bloke-y geezer type gags rife with swear words that the tiny male-dominated crowd responded positively to, as if Gent was the funniest out of a group of guys offering banter over a pint in the pub. Despite me being the only female present, I found his mockery of past news stories- such as authorities in a Denmark zoo killing a healthy giraffe and feeding it to lions due to their duty to avoid inbreedin- and his hilarious ridicule of ridiculous celebrity baby names and newsreader names, immensely amusing.
West Midlands Comedy Forum
Roland Gent - the transplanted voice of Indie music was fantastic. Hailing from the posher plains of Salford, Roland's brand of stories and witticisms kept the Bush going...and going. As Manager Dave pointed out, given the opportunity, he'd probably still be going now, to no complaints from the crowd."
John Elson, Voodoo Lounge Comedy Club, Stamford
"I thought you were superb Roland, love the stream of verbiage consciousness. Last night was supposed to be the second to last show for this season but one of the audience members enjoyed the club so much he's offered sponsorship. Love to get you back in the future and pay you the money you deserve. Thanks again Roland and good luck with all you do."
9 To 5 IDIOT (Buxton fringe)
Nine-to-five office worker, former anarchist who now lives in middle-class suburbia hating the local kids. Roland takes us on his own personal journey as to how he has arrived in Buxton doing stand up.
All original material. There is some terrific interaction with the audience. His encyclopedic knowledge of towns and cities in Britain produced some great one liners to sum up the home towns of his audience. Some of the material was a bit close - which he acknowledged. It was better when he stuck to pointing out some of the advertising clangers that had been made.
All in all we all enjoyed the show and when he declared that he was happier now than he had ever been earning high salaries and driving big cars whilst working in advertising - you could tell!
Guardian Website 2009 from public reviews section
I’d recommend the free fringe. I saw a few shows there last year. One comedian that stood out was Roland Gent. Really funny. The free fringe is cheap and you can get in with out all the fuss of the main fringe.
LEITH FM EDINBURGH FESTIVAL 2009
Hosted by the witty Kim and sunshine Annabel
Roland ran the show for the first 15 mins. A wickedly witty guy who gave some great advice for Leith FM on how to get their USPs sizzlin. And did a wicked John Peel impersonation. Lots of observations about the day to day office environment and how everyone has big ambitions and dreams but we never fulfil them, well we can’t all be rich and famous can we? After completeting a Foundation Course in Performing Arts at Chesterfield College Roland Gent started a career in radio, as a broadcast assistant on BBC GMR Talk and then Radio One. He even presented a breakfast show on Asian Sound Radio under the name Rakish! Ha ha!
Edinburgh Show 2008: Bullsh*t T.V.
4* Come back next year
reviewer: Janet Foster, England, 19 Aug 2008
Sketch can sometimes be a bit hit and miss but this show did not disappoint and is one of the best I've seen this festival!Particularly liked the jeweller and Jimmy hostage situation. Some brilliant writing has gone into this. It's v original and v funny. Had great time, thanks!
5* - Very very funny
reviewer: T Lean, Scotland, 19 Aug 2008
I told the people in the show that this was the funniest show I had seen in Edinburgh this year. I've seen some more since but this is still the funniest. It's a bit raw in places and if you are a fan of the Royal family (Diana in particular) you will prob be offended and go early! But this is Edinburgh and the Fringe and this is what its about for me. There are some bits of real genius here, boring shop keeper and kidnapped milkman. Amy Winehouse was brilliant and the man with the wall. The funniest show at the fringe this year.
Edinburgh Show 2006: Best Laid Plans - http://www.edfringe.com/reviews/read.html?id=BESTL
Daringly different! 21 Aug 2006 4 Stars,
reviewer: Maxwell Tillbrook, United Kingdom
I saw this show twice whilst I was in Edinburgh because the show was so great the first time I didn't think they could follow it up. The show I saw had them taking ideas from the audience and taking it to an extreme. They had one guy who was sitting near me who wanted to be a porn star and very quickly the whole audience (yes, I found myself joining in!) was shouting out ideas, trying to be more disgusting than the previous suggestion! This was not highbrow stuff but it was hilarious and to be fair to the guys they were only working with what the audience gave them. It was a riot, very funny and a refreshing change from the over polished 'observational' stuff that there is all too much of at the Fringe. The second time I caught the show the guys seemed to have ditched the improv element and did about 30mins each of stand up, which was of a high standard, but I was disapointed not to be as involved as the previous show. Perhaps they have ditched the improv altogether or perhaps they were just having a break for one night, I do hope its the latter. The improv was daring and innovative and what the Fringe is all about. Had they recreated the atmosphere of the first show I would have given them 5 *'s with no hesitation. Though the stand up stuff was good I'm going to give them 4*'s. One of the most memorable shows at this years Fringe. Thanks guys!
"Now the night had been rolling along nicely until Roland Gent came along! Roland sent the quality levels soaring. His amiable style insisted that the audience soon warmed to him and his excellent material and delivery ensured that the warmth son turned into hardcore belly laughs. Several times Roland had the audience gasping for breath as superbly weaved his way through his act.
His uncanny John Peel impression was a winner especially when tied together with some great material. Roland left the stage with a great audience reception and rightly so, this man rocked. In my humble opinion, Roland left the headline act with his work cut out." - locknloadcomedyclub.com
"A quality act, just the right amount of silliness, wit and winning material" - Big Issue
"One to watch out for, ridiculous flights of fancy combined with some well honed gags" - Manchester Evening News
"Finally, and I can’t say enough about this act (so I’m going to try to keep it short), was Roland Gent. Superb, really made the night, a real level to aspire to. Witty, confident, killer comebacks (pre-meditated and on the spot), able to build when its going right, quickly switching when it isn’t. Again, a lot of Roland’s choice of material is old reliables and well worn topics but to be able to pull it off in the way he does just means a subjective approach to it goes out of the window and you end up caught up in infectious laughter at the man’s inventiveness and style." - Chris Judge, Space Comedy
Bill topper Roland Gent is always a treat - fast and punchy he has superb comic timing and a seamless delivery, slipping from observation of life ("There was a sign at the hospital saying "Thieves operate in this car park"- What a rip-off!") to a John Peel impression and a few digs at advertising (he's a marketing manager by day). - Robin Duke, Blackpool Gazette
Qualified Broadcast Journalist
2009 Salford City Radio Station Manager
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2013 - BBC Radio Derby
2009 - Radio 5 - The Big Ask with Martin Kelner. Joke Writer.
2008-2009 Post Grad Broadcast Journalism Course. UCLAN Preston
2008 - The Vinyl Frontier - My own music show on The CAT, month long RSL for Crewe and Nantwich
2008 - Abstract Radio Online. My own music show The Vinyl Frontier
2007 Finalist Virgin Radio Breakfast show, Opportunity Knocks, I was in the last 6 to win a weekend radio show on Virgin
2007 WFM Gloria Swanson Fan Club
2004 Roland Gent Comedy Hour - Extreme FM, web based rock station
2002-2003 Get Happy - I presented a weekly comedy and music show on WFM 97.2fm in Manchester.
2001 ALL FM presenter- RSL radio station based in Manchester.
2000 XFM London, Overnight Presenter
1999 Radio School Of Excellence - Core 3 Graduate
1999 BBC Radio One - Broadcast Assistant
1998 Asian Sound Radio - Breakfast Presenter- Seriously! my name was "Rakish!"
1995-1997 BBC GMR Talk - Broadcast Assistant, GM Arts a "What's On" show
1990 BBC World Service - writing and performing comedy sketches for "Megamix" a teenage show
1983-1985 R.O.T.T. - Writing and presenting a "youth" show on BBC Radio Sheffield
2004 Earthquakeland - A short film, loosely based on the events surrounding the Manchester earthquakes. I played local celebrity and radio psychic Bobby Justice. Directed by Howard Walmsley
2001 Having A Pop - writing for and acting in Play UK comedy sketch show, starring Mark Radcliffe and Marc "Lard" Riley.
2001 That Was Now - a short film based in Manchester, satirising the arts and media. I played food critic "Stephen E Nicholl" directed by Howard Walmsley
1999 Channel M - writing and acting in Comedy Sketches on local TV station-Manchester
1993-1995 Foundation Course in Performing Arts- Chesterfield College
1989 Children's Channel - Presenter and writer of Children's TV show