Gareth Woods was born in 1984 in the “bustling metropolis” of Klerksdorp, but spent his early childhood in several small towns in the Free State. Son to a preacher and an English teacher, Gareth struggled to fit in, in the strict Afrikaans towns and preconceived ideas of “preacher’s kids”. This was when he realised that he saw things a little differently than others.
Gareth left the Free State in the early 90’s (an achievement in itself) and started school at in Port Elizabeth, where he excelled in various fields most notably public speaking, debating, writing and music.
A graduated scientist and trained lawyer Gareth, started working in a big multinational company before starting stand up comedy in 2009 and has seen immediate and meteoric success, he has performed and headlined at various venues across Durban, Cape Town and JHB and was the winner of the 5fm national comedy talent search (less than 3months after his first ever performance!
Gareth’s style is one of witty and anecdotal analysis of life’s everyday occurrences and is sure to put a fresh lens on the ordinary. Ranging from dry one-liners to quirky observations and maybe a song or two, the man they call Gareth is one to watch. He is also an active member of Toastmasters International and won the Durban District’s Humorous Speech Contest 2011.His writing has also been featured on television on the comedy show"Late Nite With Loyiso Gola".