Bob 'The Cat' Bevan MBE
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While his nickname - the Cat - indicates his goalkeeping background - Bob is a top corporate comedian tailoring his act to the characters in the audience. Bob's act travels well. He has appeared in Australia and the USA on a number of occasions as well as Hong Kong, Kenya and South Africa.
After a Variety Club Luncheon with Sven Goran Eriksson, Henry Winter in the Daily Telegraph awarded the Best After Dinner Joke of the Year. 'Comedian Bob 'the Cat' Bevan informing Park Lane audience, including Sven Goran Eriksson, that he could not stay long because I've left the dog with the neighbours - and they're Korean.)
He has made countless TV and radio appearances. He followed Danny Baker as presenter of BBC Radio 5's Six-O-Six Show. Last year saw him appear as a stand-up comic in the BBC 1 Variety Show - Jim Davidson Presents and Auntie's Bloomers with Terry Wogan for the fourth time.
In January he was the subject of a documentary on Meridian TV on which channel he has also had his own show. He has appeared frequently on Sky TV, including as a spoof cricket reporter and on a Christmas panel of four comedians - Jim Bowen, Bernard Manning, Jimmy Tarbuck and Bob.
There aren't many people in the business he hasn't worked with. Recently he was asked to appear in "Ronnie and Friends" at the Fairfield Halls with Ronnie Corbett, Jasper Carrott, Jimmy Tarbuck and Bruce Forsyth. The list also includes The Bee Gees, Elkie Brooks, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Billy Connolly, David Essex, George Harrison, Bob Hoskins, Barry Humphries, Elton John, Elaine Paige and Rod Stewart.
In April 2001 he appeared in front of 5,000 people at The Royal Albert Hall at a Tribute Bands Concert.
He has appeared with several members of the Royal Family and alongside the late Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Runcie, one of the many public figures he has written for.
Areas of Expertise
Bob had a highly successful business career in journalism and public relations. He is still a Member of the Institute of Public Relations and the National Union of Journalists. He was a reporter on Lloyd's List, the daily shipping newspaper, and deputy editor of a travel trade magazine. He was Group Director of Public Relations for European Ferries for 14 years and has twice run his own PR consultancy with some success. He made his first speech at his old boys dinner in 1967 and turned professional in 1980.
Sport is his great love. He played football for West Wickham in the Southern Amateur League and Old Wilsonians in the Southern Olympian League for 25 years and still plays in veteran games. Before going in goal he was an inside forward and once scored six goals in an 8-2 win against Unilever. He achieved a lifelong ambition by playing at Wembley for Old Burnley against Old Wolves in front of 80,000 prior to a Cup Final. He plays cricket for the Lord's Taverners and his village side and has played 1st XI North Kent League cricket. Playing for a Kent XI in 1991 he took 7 for 49 against Hextable and 11 for 69 in a two innings match the following year against the same opponents. He has also played Kent League tennis
He is a Trustee of the major cricket-based charity The Lord's Taverners, and Honorary Barker in the Variety Club and a Member of the Grand Order of Water Rats. He is President of Bells Yew Green CC, a Vice President of Crystal Palace FC, Middlesex Wanderers FC, Frant CC, Old Wilsonians FC and a Past President of the Old Wilsonians Association. He is a member of Nevill Golf Club.
He has appeared four times at the Footballer of the Year Dinner - a record - and also twice at the Professional Footballers Association Player of the Year Awards - most recently in 1999. Of the 92 Premier and Football League clubs Bob has appeared at 71 of their dinners.
"I have a golf handicap of 27 but have often been mistaken for a 28" - Bob "the Cat" Bevan
Without a doubt Bob "the Cat" is the funniest speaker I have heard on football in all my experience" - Bobby Robson, Manager, Newcastle Utd
"May I thank you most sincerely for a wonderful and entertaining 40 minutes . many have also expressed a favourable opinion as to just how humour can be portrayed without resorting to the depths of bad language" - Roy Vinter, Chairman, Kent Football League Centenary Ball
He stars in the "Great Goalkeepers Show" with Gordon Banks and Pat Jennings and has also made an LP on football humour, which has frequently been featured on British Airways comedy channel.
"One of the best cricket speeches I heard was in Los Angeles delivered by Bob "the Cat" Bevan"- Sir Tim Rice, in the Daily Telegraph, May, 1999
In January, 1999, he was flown to Sydney to speak at a dinner for new England Cricket Captain, Nasser Hussein and he has also appeared at countless benefit functions.
"One of Britain's funniest after dinner comedians" - Variety Magazine
Other credits include:-
He was hired by Rod Stewart for his father's 80th birthday party
Appeared with such comic greats as Ken Dodd, Frankie Howerd, Arthur Lowe and Eric Morecambe
Appeared with Muhammed Ali on BBC TV at Henry Cooper's birthday celebrations
Stole the show at Eric Clapton's 25 years in the music business dinner
Appeared in Australia with Michael Parkinson
Had his own cartoon strip in the Daily Express
Appeared on BBC Radio's Trivia Test Match with Willie Rushton, Brian Johnston and Sir Tim Rice
Hired by Brighton to relax and amuse the team at the 1983 Cup Final
"Thanks so much for your great cabaret at the Peter Alliss Golf Day- and for following Bruce Forsyth!" - Margaret Price, Director, Lady Taverners
"What was especially pleasing was your capacity to be exceedingly funny without the need to descend to obscenity - a truly outstanding performance" - Chief Superintendent Kent Foster, Greater Manchester CID
"Thank you for coming to France. Bob, your presence and splendid performance on stage put the icing on the cake" - the late Lord Cowdrey of Tonbridge
Apart from his act Bob is also an excellent Master of Ceremonies and, with his journalism and public relations background, makes an excellent facilitator.
Thanks - and congratulations - on your performance at the Airline of the Year Awards.... your contribution helped to make it the most successful event in 16 years - Mike Toynbee, Editor, Executive Travel
Philip Clarke, a Tesco Director wrote: "I was delighted with your after dinner speech. That you managed to make us all laugh so much and avoid any bad language at all was most impressive - in my experience quite rare too."
"Acknowledged as Britain's leading full time after dinner speaker" - The Stage.
Reuters Jackie Blanchflower Memorial Trophy ...Benedictine After Dinner Speakers Award...Mail on Sunday After Dinner Speakers Hall of Fame
"In Showbiz we think Bob the Cat Bevan is the bees knees. He's the most sought-after after dinner speaker in the country and that's a fact" - Jim Davidson introducing Bob on BBC 1's - Jim Davidson Presents.
According to The Stage 'wild applause' followed his speech at a tribute lunch to Max Bygraves.
Chief Executive of The Lord's Taverners wrote after Bob had hosted an event at Lord's 'you held it together when it might have fallen apart.'
"Bevan is such an accomplished joke writer and orator" - Sunday Times, 1999