ABOUT


A short biography which you are welcome to copy for blurbs:

Fat Roland is a standup spoken word artist who has been likened to “Johnny Vegas devouring Sam Simmons… on a rollercoaster…. driven by a depressed buffalo”. His third solo show Seven Inch made its debut at The Lowry in 2018 following two previous shows at the Edinburgh Fringe. He is champion of Literary Death Match Manchester and co-runs Bad Language, voted the UK’s best spoken word night two years in a row.

"Fat Roland is a comedic onslaught of musical puns, cultural references, and audience interaction... It is clear that Fat Roland is more than familiar with performance, knowing exactly how to get the room roaring with laughter, from start to finish... A fantastic combination of comedy, cartoons, and creativity." Upstaged Manchester's ***** review of Seven Inch.

“Superb audience interaction twinned with some excellent improvisation work... a must-see for any fan of music... Fat Roland’s deadpan inanity twinned with the often hilarious additions of sketches held up on cardboard is superbly executed.” – Broadway Baby on Fat Roland's debut Edinburgh Fringe show Kraftwerk Badger Spaceship.

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A less blurby introduction to Fat Roland

I'm a writer, performer and events person. I spend much of my time running events for the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, a remarkable literary organisation based in a Victorian mill in Manchester. I'm not saying I profit from ultraviolence, but if you buy copy of A Clockwork Orange, you're putting money in my pocket. I am a columnist for the beautifully designed Electronic Sound magazine, for whom I also write reviews and features - pick it up in the shops or online. I also perform my own illustrated form of spoken word comedy: every month I co-host the spoken word night Bad Language, and I do other gigs all over the place which I list on my live page. Following two Edinburgh Fringe shows, I debuted my third show Seven Inch at The Lowry in May 2018 as part of their Developed With artist programme. I'm currently working on (exciting) future plans for that show. Sometimes I do a podcast. Sometimes I make videos. Sometimes I write short stories and I have produced two collections, long sold out. Alas, I have no time for hobbies.

If you want to book me for a reading, performance, compering, talk, workshop, or just for a chat, then please email me on f@troland.co.uk. Or click this picture:


Key links:

Five star review of Seven Inch.
Four star review of Seven Inch.
The Developed With scheme that suppports all this nonsense.
Fat Roland wins support of The Lowry's flagship 'Developed With' scheme.
Our own Fat Roland joins panel at Manchester Electronic Music Symposium.
Hey Fat Roland! 40 Minutes Of Idiot: 2016 Edinburgh Fringe show with Laughing Horse.
Fat Roland wins Literary Death Match Manchester, 2016.
Kraftwerk Badger Spaceship longlisted in the 2016 Saboteur Awards.
Kraftwerk Badger Spaceship: 2015 Edinburgh Fringe show with Laughing Horse.
Will the real Fat Roland please stand up? (2013)

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Some photos:


Edinburgh Fringe posters from 2015 and 2016: