The Grainger Studio, Fri Nov 28
If some good old camp sing-a-long fun is your thing, the king of camp, Bob Downe is your man! The brainchild of Mark Trevorrow, Bob Downe has been churning out his iconic giant smile and fabulous fun for decades (although he may claim he is still a fresh faced 29 years old).
Tonight, Bob Downe’s playfulness was infectious for the Feast Festival audience. Bob informs us he is a one-man 5AD, and the mainly older crowd loved the ‘60s and ‘70s hit songs! Although his songs may be dated, his spoken comedy is current and well incorporated with wit and charm. All of the local references were appreciated and he worked the crowd like an expert.
Bob jests with the audience about his experimentation with heterosexuality, a secret he has kept secret for years. “I’ve been living a lie,” he tells us continuously. There were some great jokes about his attempts to increase other people’s perception of his masculinity. Some of the other highlights of Bob, Sweat And Tears were his tribute to Dolly Parton’s Glastonbury Festival ‘singing’ and his final surprise character.
Some of the costumes were hilarious. The safari suit was expected, but there were some patriotic surprise pyjamas that were really something special.
Bob’s voice was always top-notch and he milked the jokes in every flamboyant song. A great fun night with a fabulous comedy icon.
by Bobby Goudie
Bob Downe performs Bob, Sweat And Tears at The Grainger Studio until Sat Nov 29.
Book at Feastix on 8463 0694 or www.feast.org.au.