Jethro is the stage name of British
stand-up comedian Geoff Rowe, based in Cornwall. Rowe
was born in 1948 in St Buryan, a small village in west
leaving school, Jethro was apprenticed as a carpenter
and then worked as a timber man in a tin mine. However,
aged eighteen he joined the St. Just and District Operatic
Society and, in addition to his bass voice, locals found
he had a talent to make an audience laugh. He began
visiting the pubs of Cornwall to sing and joke and was
quickly hailed as Cornwall's top comic.
made his TV debut on Treasure Hunt playing a pirate
to his appearances on stage and video, Jethro has made
a record nine appearances on TV shows hosted by Des
|His first appearance was on the Des O'Connor
Tonight show in 1990, followed by a return for the Christmas
Eve show later that year – the first time a comedian
had been invited back during one series. He also appeared
five times on Jim Davidson’s Generation Game show,
twice giving a demonstration of how to make a Cornish
pasty. Jethro was also involved in one of the show's longest
sequences of out-takes, removed due to his and Davidson's
uncontrolled fits of laughter but later shown separately.
Davidson has said that he regards Jethro as his favourite
storyteller, one of his great stories being Train don't
stop Camborne Wednesdays.
He has hosted two shows of his own, The Jethro Junction,
on HTV and in December 2001 appeared in front of Queen
Elizabeth II for the Royal Variety Show.
Jethro lives in Lewdown on the border between Cornwall
and Devon and in March 1995 walked the 100 miles or
so from Land's End to Lewdown to raise money for the
Bristol Cancer Open Scanner Appeal. He gave a show each
night at a local venue and in total managed to raise
His great loves are his horses which
he shows all over the country and with whom he has won
most major prizes, including Wembley Arena. He also
runs his own venue, Jethro's Club, where he performs
each year for charity.