Gareth Ellis & Rich Rose are comedy performers who blend elements of clowning, sketch, cabaret, audience participation, arguing and nonsense into something people can laugh at. 


They are a truly live act whose anarchic energy ignites audiences by creating moments never to be witnessed again. As adept improvisers and ad-libbers, they perform their nonsense totally in the moment and ready to play with the audience – making them a refreshing antidote to people strictly sticking to a script of gags based on their own life stories, holding a microphone steadily in front of their face with little or no flailing about or gurning.

They are consummate compères and have appeared at such venues as Cafe De Paris, The Clapham Grand and that goth pub in Brighton. They regularly host comedy/variety wonderment at their own night, Brainwash Club at London’s prestigious Backyard Comedy Club, which has hosted many top names including Harry Hill, Reginald D Hunter, Tony Law, John Kearns, Max & Ivan, Phil Kay and others great and good.


“The best double-act I’ve seen in years” – Harry Hill

“Ellis & Rose are exciting, inventive, unpredictable and compelling” – Matthew Crosby of Pappy’s

“Ellis & Rose are the best thing I’ve seen in ages… the show was a smorgasbord of wonder, and the audience were extatic” – Phil Kay

“Just some intellectual twats trying to be funny” – Jim Davidson

Ellis & Rose are Malcolm Hardee Comedy Award winners, and London Cabaret Award nominees (for Best Alternative Act). They were included in The Scotsman’s 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Round-UpTime Out’s Edinburgh Fringe A-Z Comedy Highlights 2014, The List’s Top Shows About Death 2014 and Such Small Portions’ Pick of Interactive Shows 2014.