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Rob goes with the flow

"I HEAR you've just made a film about James Corden's life story" joked Rob Brydon with fellow Port Talbotan Paul Potts.

"I bet you had to put some weight on for that role!"

Sitting directly in front of the Baglan-raised comic, Rob, with tongue firmly in cheek, warned the president of Treat Trust Wales that he was going to give him hell for sitting there.

But the Britain's Got Talent winner wasn't the only member of the crowd to suffer at the expense of the comics barbed tongue, as the evening descended into a wonderfully one-sided conversation between the Bafta-nominated actor — "four times nominated… but never a winner!" he reminded us — and a packed Grand Theatre, that included Rob's parents and few celebrity supporters.

Relating tales from his past, including a few from his autobiography Small Man In A Box, the Gavin & Stacey star was relentless, and, at times, ruthless, as he delivered anecdotes, songs and impressions, including a fantastically droll Steve Coogan, all to raise much needed funds for Treat Trust Wales.

The Treat charity aims to build a cutting-edge rehabilitation and well-being centre helping people through illness and disability, and Rob, as one of the patrons, was doing his bit for the cause.

During the performance he hinted that he would be returning to the stand-up circuit next year, and that some of the material from this evening would be utilised in his upcoming tour.

But it was the unpredictable, seemingly unstructured, free flowing nature of the event that added the magic to the occasion, and resulted in a warm, inventive and a very funny night of comedy — and all for a great cause.

Mark Rees

See tomorrow's Post for more pictures from the star-studded charity show

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