Arts & Entertainment

BOB, SWEAT AND TEARS

Photo: John McRae

Bob Downe, the flamboyantly fabulous comedic alter ego of Mark Trevorrow, is a national treasure. He’s sitting pretty among some of Australia’s most loved comedians and he’s back by popular demand with his brand new show Bob, Sweat and Tears.

In association with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, his 31-song comedy concert promises to have the audience dancing in the aisles with a “pop history lesson”. It includes all his favourite hits from the mid ‘60s to the mid ‘70s.

“I’m furious there’s only 31! The more the merrier I say – I am the Medley King,” Downe proclaims.

For the first time in over five years Downe has placed his CDs back in the box and will be joined onstage by a live band led by his long-time musical director, John Thorn.

Following Downe’s two Sydney performances, the show will then travel to the Adelaide Fringe Festival and then finally to the Melbourne Comedy Festival before Downe packs up his polyester suit and heads to London.

Although he’s always been a one-man-show, Downe doesn’t rule out any future collaborations.

“I’d adore to sing a duet with Liza Minnelli. Of course, Liza is unlikely to be available so in the meantime I’ll settle for a trio with Amanda Vanstone and Christopher Pyne.” (EC)

Feb 26-27, Sydney Theatre, 22 Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay, $30-55, (02) 9250 1777, sydneytheatre.org.au

BY ELISE CULLEN

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