Overall winner of the BBC TV series Funny Business.
Performed on a national tour with Paddy ‘the bouncer’ McGuinness from Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights and Max & Paddy’s Road To Nowhere.
“He was actually in danger of overshadowing the Phoenix Nights star with his disarming natural banter and just plain laugh-out-loud funniness” – Edinburgh Evening News
“Rod Woodward showed great wit and had some very cleverly thought out material. It was nice to see a comedian who stayed away from the more obvious political topics of late and just presented some laid-back, almost effortless comedy.” – BBC.co.uk – Coventry & Warwickshire
Wrote and performed the Cardiff City Fans anthem, ‘Do The Ayatollah’, which had over 200,000 hits on YouTube.
“Fantastic!” – Soccer AM
Supported Russell Brand at St Davids Hall, Cardiff.
Performed at the Planet Hollywood Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip after the weigh-in for the Bernard Hopkins v Joe Calzaghe fight.
Performed a sell-out show at the Cardiff International Arena Conference Theatre. “He develops a real rapport with the room. Brilliantly pitched… he got the whole room roaring.” – The Big Issue
Wrote and performed in his own Radio Wales Comedy series, “Doing It For A Laugh” – 3 Series.
Wrote and presented the ten-part series, “A Bit Off The Fringe” for BBC2 Wales.
Appeared as the subject of the BBC documentary, “Am I Talking To You”, which followed Rod on his journey to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Wrote and performed his own one man show for a 25-night run at The Pleasance during the 2001 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, for which he earned the following reviews.
“A winning presence…” – The Daily Telegraph
“A sure crowd pleaser…” – Chortle.co.uk
“Charming…” – Three Weeks
Guest speaker at the Professional Footballers’ Association Footballer of the Year Awards dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.
Winner of Encore Magazine’s “Entertainer of the Year” award:
“Headliner for the evening was the bright and upcoming star, Rod Woodward who recently won the Encore Entertainment of the Year award. His fresh and outstanding material, absurdly plausible and outrageously provocative…”
Finalist – So You Think You’re Funny 1997.
Appeared on “The Comedians” on Sky TV.
Wrote and performed a topical review of the week’s news every week on the BBC Wales series “The Rush Hour”.
“Rod Woodward is a young Dave Allen”
“Unadulterated comedy on a stick…”
The Western Mail
“A dazzling new comic…”
“Award winning young comedian Rod Woodward did not put a foot wrong. His carefully delivered material was highlighted by perfect timing…”
“His gags are as fresh as the morning papers…”
The Stage Newspaper
“He has a rare intelligence which puts me in mind of Bob Monkhouse, the material being witty, topical and superbly timed…”
Peter Hepple, editor The Stage
“The best of the new bunch”
“A brilliant young comic with great style and repose”
“Rod Woodward is this country’s most promising young comedian”
The Western Mail
“‘Who’s the best speaker you have ever heard?’ is arguably the question I am asked most often… Many names leap to mind. Rod Woodward is one of them.”
Bryn Williams, Toastmaster to the Queen
“The best in the business”
“A super comedian”
“The speakers were fab[ulous] & went down very well. Rod was a particular favourite with the audience.”
BT on Jeff Probyn, Graham Poll & Rod Woodward who spoke at a BT sporting dinner in December 2007
“Rod was amazingly funny… even my boss said that he couldn’t have laughed much more as his face was hurting! He read the crowd immediately, found the right level and went for it!”
Rod Woodward spoke at the PC World Business’ annual supplier conference in July 2006