Eighties TV impressionist and panto favourite Bobby Davro is making a rare comedy club appearance next month.
The star will appear in stand-up at Highlight in Gunwharf Quays on Thursday, August 4.
He says he’s taken to the stand-up circuit for a comedy club tour because he’s ‘fed up of being pigeon holed as an old-fashioned comedian’.
‘You need to get out there and convince people you’re still current/contemporary,’ Bobby explains.
‘I want to prove I’m not washed up at 50. I’m still doing the impressions and singing, but they’re modern impressions – and lots of people aren’t aware that I sing.
‘People will be surprised by this tour,’ says Bobby, who first appeared on our TV screens in the early 1980s when he appeared in Live at Her Majesty’s.
He has been a prominent figure in entertainment ever since, having topped television ratings for six consecutive years with his popular Saturday night shows Bobby Davro on the Box, Bobby’s Sketch Pad and TV Weekly.
Since then he has hosted notable peak-time programmes for the BBC, recorded a number one hit with Peter Kay for Comic Relief and starred as the lovable rogue Vinnie Monks in EastEnders.
In 2009, he joined the celebrity contenders in ITV1’s Dancing on Ice.
Jimmy Fulton, venue manager at Highlight Portsmouth, is looking forward to Bobby’s appearance.
‘For some, this will be an amazing opportunity to see a star they grew up with. For others, it will provide a chance to witness a national treasure still at the top of his comedy game for the very first time,’ he says.
We caught up with Bobby to find out more.
When did you first realise you were funny?
At school, when I was about 15 years old, I kept myself out of trouble by impersonating the school teachers.
My first proper gig was when I was 20 at the Chertsey Cricket Club. It was a success in a modest sort of way.
What would you be if you weren’t a comedian?
I don’t know. I’ve been doing it all my life and it’s been very good to me. You’ve got to take the rough with the smooth in any business and I’ve had my share of both.
Which three things make you laugh?
Practical jokes, Freddie Starr and my youngest daughter. All for different reasons.
What’s your favourite one-liner?
What are the last three things you want to hear when you’re making love? ‘Darling, I’m home.’
Who’s your hero?
Gilbert O’Sullivan. I love his songs and he has a fantastic persona. My comedy hero is Robin Williams. I met him last year when he did a fantastic gig for the Prince’s Trust. He was a bit tired after the show, but a lovely bloke.
See the Bobby Davro Comedy Tour at Highlight Portsmouth in Gunwharf Quays on Thursday, August 4. Doors open at 7pm and show runs from 8.30pm to 10pm. Tickets cost £14.50 from 0844 844 0044 or thehighlight.co.uk.