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Rhod Gilbert announces huge tour after cancer treatment: How to get tickets

The comedian is heading back out on the road, saying 'it's wonderful to be alive'.

Rhod Gilbert is setting out on a 110-date tour. (PA)
Rhod Gilbert is setting out on a 110-date tour. (PA)

Rhod Gilbert has announced a huge 110-date stand up tour following his recent cancer treatment.

The Welsh comedian, 54, was diagnosed with stage four head and neck cancer in July 2022, but now that he is in recovery post-treatment he is getting back on stage for a tour that will span nearly two years.

Gilbert's show Rhod Gilbert and The Giant Grapefruit will tour from January 2024 to November 2025.

Dates are set to cover locations including Wales, Scotland, Ireland, London, Brighton, Manchester, Nottingham, Birmingham, Dorset and many more.

How to get Rhod Gilbert tickets

Rhod Gilbert has been treated for stage four head and neck cancer. (WireImage)
Rhod Gilbert has been treated for stage four head and neck cancer. (WireImage)

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Tickets for Rhod Gilbert's tour are set to go on sale in a presale starting at 10am on Wednesday, 27 September via Ticketmaster. The general sale starts at 10am on Friday, 28 September.

Announcing the tour, he said: "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.

"When life gives you lemons, you have to squeeze them 'til the comedy juice flows, so prepare for some dark but funny s***."

His previous tour, The Book of John, had to have further dates added after some postponements for his cancer treatment and because of Covid delays.

Gilbert's agent said in a statement about the new tour: "When life gives you lemons... Previously, Rhod was dealing with some pretty pungent life citrus, and an idiot called John. Little did he know that things were about to turn even more sour... But Rhod's not bitter; he's bouncing back and feeling remarkably zesty.

"Hilariously dark, passionate and way too personal, this is classic Gilbert, squeezing every last drop out of life's latest curveballs... with a little help from an old adversary.

"This new live show sees Rhod back on stage doing what he does best. Candid, hilarious and uplifting; it's a show about navigating the dark bits and turning life's giant grapefruits into something approaching lemonade."

Gilbert has been a patron of Cardiff's Velindre Cancer Centre, where he received treatment, for 10 years and he first noticed a lump in his neck during 2022 on a fundraising trek to Cuba for the hospital.

Green Man Festival, Wales, UK  August 2016.   Comedian Rhod Gilbert on stage at the Green Man Festival - Over 25,000 music fans are due to attend over the weekend.
Rhod Gilbert will tour during 2024 and 2025. (PA)

He is planning to lead a trek to Morocco's Mount Toubkal in October as another charity mission for the treatment centre.

The comedian said he was grateful to the hospital and the NHS for "getting me back on my feet", saying that he had "seen first-hand what a difference that (fundraising) money makes".

Speaking to BBC Radio Wales about his comedy tour, he said: "My new attitude is that life's too short, you've got to crack on and do these things."

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