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Robert Florence (born 29 July 1977) is a Scottish presenter, comedian and writer most popularly known for starring in the popular BBC comedy sketch show Burnistoun,[1][2] and the video game review shows Consolevania and videoGaiden.[citation needed]

Robert Florence
PseudonymRab, The Pyramid
Born (1977-07-29) 29 July 1977 (age 41)
Glasgow, Scotland
Notable works and roles


Early lifeEdit

Robert Florence was born on 29 July 1977[3] and was raised in a working-class family in Balornock, Glasgow. His father and brothers are roofers.[4]

He and future writing collaborator Iain Connell met as a pair of fifteen-year-olds at a Springburn amateur youth theatre project, Toonspeak.[citation needed] His sole stage appearance was at a stand-up comedy night in Petershill, Springburn, for which he dressed up as David Bowie. Florence spent a year on a film and television studies course at the University of Glasgow.[4]


He was a core writer of the sketch show Chewin' the Fat and with Iain Connell wrote the sitcom series Legit and Empty. Connell and Florence have recently worked on the third series of Burnistoun, which is set in a fictional Scottish city. The first series was shown on BBC 2 Scotland in early 2010; the second was shown on BBC 1 Scotland in early 2011 and the third began in August 2012. Florence has also been a performer on Frankie Boyle's Tramadol Nights for Channel 4.[citation needed]

Florence also makes an online show about boardgames called DowntimeTown and is the writer/performer/editor/creator of a review show for Xbox Live called The Independent Charles Show (sometimes purposefully misspelled The Independint Charles Show). Cardboard Children was a regular feature on boardgames that Florence contributed to UK-based PC gaming blog Rock, Paper, Shotgun between 2010[5] and 2016.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

Florence is a Celtic supporter.[4] In June 2013, he lost to Greg Hemphill in a professional wrestling contest at the Kelvin Hall which served as the venue's final act before closing down.[7] He is a vegan.[8]




  • The House of Him (2014)[9]

Online seriesEdit

Print & Online WritingEdit


  1. ^ Donaldson, Brian (23 May 2011). "Burnistoun - Series 1". The List. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
  2. ^ English, Paul (12 October 2011). "Burnistoun funnyman Robert Florence turns Twitter stalker in hunt for female comic talent". Daily Record. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
  3. ^ Screened profile
  4. ^ a b c Partners from Chewin' the Fat serve up a nourishing new broth of off-the-wall fun I say, there's two guys in my soup
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  7. ^ Funnymen Greg Hemphill and Robert Florence star as wrestling night brings curtain down on Kelvin Hall
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  9. ^ English, Paul (10 February 2014). "Burnistoun star Robert Florence: I was filming slasher film in kitchen.. as my mum was watching Corrie in next room". Daily Record. Retrieved 5 January 2016.

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