My Splendid Isolation: Rhod Gilbert – 'I can't wait to run through fields of wheat, like Theresa May'

The Welsh comedian has been listening to LBC and trying his hand at 'utterly absurd' steam-cleaning

Rhod Gilbert
Rhod Gilbert's Work Experience is on BBC iPlayer Credit: Andrew Crowley

What I’m watching at the moment

Normal People, it’s brilliant. Quirky, and a real reminder of teenage angst and first relationships. I’m also watching old episodes of Teachers for some reason. I mean, it’s hilarious, but I have no idea why I am watching it now. Maybe it’s subliminal… maybe I secretly want to go into teaching when all this is over.

Talking of alternative careers, I am also watching all 30 odd episodes of my Work Experience show which the BBC has now put up on iPlayer… I mean I am not, obviously, but you have to admire the way I got that plug in! I’m also watching my new squirrel-proof bird feeders, and feeling a mixture of elation and guilt when the squirrels can’t get at the peanuts I have reserved for birds.  

What I’m listening to

I am listening to James O’Brien on LBC for my daily dose of reason and madness, various podcasts from my peers in the comedy world (Guilty Feminist and Gossipmongers are wonderful).  Right now I am listening to my wife telling me how many people on Twitter have shared her picture of her new shelving unit. Currently 23,000 and rising fast. And apparently, Radio Four now want to talk to her about it… now she’s gone to the loo… (I’ve stopped listening).

What I’m reading

I am not reading at the moment. I normally have a book on the go, but I seem to be consumed with the news cycle and cannot drag myself away from it. I find it hard to concentrate normally, but right now I can’t get halfway through an apple without getting distracted by Covid-19 talk.

The activity I’ve taken up

I am doing some utterly absurd things like steam-cleaning; I don’t even know what it is, but I did it yesterday and am going to do more of it today. I am also buying things online, sometimes just to have the human contact; right now, there is something deeply fulfilling about hearing the doorbell and running to the window in time to see someone disappearing into the distance.

Rhod Gilbert: 'I can't get halfway through an apple without getting distracted by Covid-19 talk' Credit: Andrew Crowley

What made me laugh this week

A WhatsApp message I accidentally sent to a neighbour. She was enquiring about shopping for an elderly vulnerable gentleman on our street. I accidentally forwarded her a XXX rated internet meme as a reply. No response from her yet, but it was only a week ago so probably no harm done.

What I can’t wait to do when all this is over

Run barefoot through fields of wheat with carefree abandon like a young Theresa May. Then go to the pub and get pissed on real ale, eat pie and chips and go for a curry on the way home. Two weeks of that… then I’ll go visit my dad in his care home maybe. Talking of care homes, have you seen my new Carer episode of my ‘Work Experience’….etc.

Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience is on BBC iPlayer