Praise and Criticism
This page of my website aims to share what some people have said about me and my work.
He is entirely compelling to watch. He’s a poet/writer/talker and it’s funny in parts but that’s not the point – there is something else happening, I’m not entirely sure what it is but it’s great and it wallops you in the belly. Daniel Kitson
Limited entertainment value or indeed point. Chortle
Weirdly moving in ways I still can’t quite define. I haven’t seen anything else quite like it, or him.
Few artists have ever managed to consistently provide me with such joy and pleasure as Rob Auton.
Whimsy and wonderment are what Auton promises, yet rarely delivers. It all feels as flat as an overcast day.
At times the show became completely nonsensical and unfunny, with Auton rambling on like a mad man.
Charming, eccentric and uplifting, Auton is a talent to watch.
I wish there’d been a bit more poetry.
I could talk to you forever.
Cerys Matthews on 6 music
Poetical, philosophical, humane, completely charming and funny to boot.
One of the most original voices in stand up comedy. A genius at breaking down the minutae of what we take for granted.
His absurd brand of stand-up and poetry is exactly what the country needs right now.
Funny, baffling and deeply moving.
It’s eccentric, not always “hilarious” but purely pleasurable, and hard to leave without sharing Rob’s inspired sense of wonderment at the mundane.
One can only guess what’s going through the head of a man that elaborates in detail on the level of shame a fox would feel if he caught it drinking out of a puddle and the awkward conversation that would ensue thereafter.
The Reviews Hub
He's never going to be mainstream.
Thought provoking comic relief.
Auton has crafted something with honesty, passion and care. Something so funny, but ultimately so moving and unexpected, that it leaves one floored at the climax. Comedy could use a few more Rob Autons – unafraid of sincerity and all the better for it.
I was a little perturbed that Rob read some of his lines.
One 4 Review
A very funny man.
He never picks on his audience, instead using interactions to poke fun at the craziness of the modern world.
Brighton Argus on The Yellow Show
We need him.
Once immersed in his borderline autistic world there are all sorts of bizarre pearls of wisdom to behold.
Brighton Argus on 'The Sky Show'
Auton has expert comic timing. He draws laughs from the faintest drop of the head, leaves sentences hanging; lets the audience fill the gaps.
Funniest joke of the Fringe? He's having a laugh.
The Daily Mail
Rob Auton does what he wants, presumably well aware that not everyone will like it.
Some of the worst mic-craft I’ve ever seen of a comic.
Gaunt and deliberate.
He never seems particularly comfortable on stage
A genuine original.
"Yes, The Sleep Show is intelligent, perceptive, and deeply profound — all of that’s true. But it’s also hilarious. " Broadway Baby
Like watching a kid caught in the stage lights of his first Nativity.
"He’s immensely creative, and many of his jokes contain as much strange beauty as they do humour. As well as being completely hilarious, ‘The Sleep Show’ will fill your heart."
Auton has this drunk, childlike quality to him.
If performance poetry is the new rock n roll, Mr Auton is Jarvis Cocker circa 1995.
There's something of the children's TV presenter about Auton's presence.
Broadway Baby on the Face Show
You're the only one in here who understands what you are doing.
A recent piece of feedback I received from an audience member when performing in Kensal Rise.
He won't be everyone's cup of tea, in fact he regularly encouraged people to leave.
He tackles the human condition, the uncertainty that leads to religion and tells captivating stories through powerfully driven performance poetry.
Exactly the kind of show you should see at the fringe, the memory will stay with you for a long long time.
He knows the show is ‘hit and miss’, not helped any further in this instance by the fact that half of his audience are Finnish GCSE students.