Rhod Gilbert has revealed some of his darkest fears after he was diagnosed with stage four cancer last year.
In his first comedic appearance since his diagnosis, Gilbert appeared on Channel 4's Stand up to Cancer: The Takeover and joked about his illness.
He initially said: "Tonight’s show is coming from you completely live, and although the prospect of dying on stage in front of millions of viewers is terrifying. For the last year, I’ve been more scared of dying alone on a hospital floor in a pool of my own urine."
Gilbert then directly addressed his cancer: "I’m here because for the last year, I’ve had cancer and now I don’t! It was in my tonsils, neck, and tongue."
The comedian has never directly said which primary cancer he was being treated for but stage four generally means the disease has spread around the body and is often not considered curable but not necessarily terminal.
In a recent interview on The One Show, Gilbert discussed his future with cancer: "I’ll always have symptoms and things, from head and neck cancer, the treatment’s quite rough, there’ll always be the niggly symptoms but, broadly, I feel wonderful!"
The comedian also announced a huge live tour that will see him play across the UK in 2024 and 2025 with 110 dates planned.
Announcing the tour, Gilbert said in a statement: "After the year I’ve had it’s wonderful to be alive and going back on the road. I can’t wait to get back on stage and I’m ready to get way too personal about life’s recent ups and downs."
Gilbert's last tour began in 2019 but due to Covid related delays and his cancer diagnosis had to postpone a number of performances.