2010 could be one big laugh

BALLINA RSL will be the place to be on New Year’s Eve when the comedic king of canary crimpolene – Bob Downe – stars at The Big Gig – New Year’s Eve Crack Up.

For more than two decades, the boy from Murwillumbah has been punching out the funnies with a gag in one hand and a cheesy ballad in the other. His unique character brings comedy out of the closet and centre stage.

On December 31, the Prince of Polyester will present an hilarious 85-minute solo show: ‘20 Golden Greats’.

“There won’t be a single song you don’t already know and love,” Bob promises, “but a couple of new jokes, though.”

The show is jam-packed with hits, laughs, prizes and some very impressive costume changes.

Bob Downe is one of Australia’s most loved and enduring comedy characters, the creation of journalist, comedian, actor and broadcaster Mark Trevorrow. Mark was born in Melbourne in 1959, trained as a journalist at the Herald Sun, and moved to Sydney in 1982 with the huge success of his cabaret group, The Globos. He created Bob Downe in 1984 and has toured the world as the Prince of Polyester ever since.

Since 2002, Mark has established a parallel career singing, acting and broadcasting as himself.

He is heard regularly on 702 ABC Sydney’s Evenings program and his 2004 nostalgic talkumentary series The Way We Were was a ratings winner on the national broadcaster. Bob’s most recent stage show, World War Bob, premiered to acclaim at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in June.

Bob will be supported at The Big Gig – New Year’s Eve Crack Up by Jamie Harding, while the grand dame of North Coast humour, Mandy Nolan, will MC the proceedings.

Two-course dinner and show is $59.90. To book the Ballina RSL Club on 6686 2544. Doors open 6.30pm. Dinner and show at 7.30pm. Bookings essential.



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