Bob 'The Cat' Bevan MBE
After Dinner & Event Speaker (in association with SpeakOut!)
Bob Bevan, probably the first person to be honoured by the Queen for after dinner speaking.
Bob remembers Thursday May 8, 1980 as a day that changed his life. He was the first non-professional entertainer to speak to the notoriously-tough audience at the Footballer of the Year Dinner. He brought the house down to such an extent that people who were there still talk about it.
Later that very evening he was booked to appear with Billy Connolly and Jimmy Tarbuck and his career took off.
Hundreds of dinners and many awards later he is still at the top of the tree culminating in his MBE awarded by the Her Majesty the Queen in the 2004 Birthday Honours.
Although he started at speaking at sporting dinners - his nickname refers to his hopelessness as a goalkeeper at the very lowest level of the game - he is now in huge demand on the corporate circuit at home and abroad.
Bob has made countless appearances on TV and radio. He is now a regular guest on Channel 4s Countdown He was the late Richard Whiteley's penultimate guest, a distinction he says he would rather not have had. He has appeared on stage at Londons Cambridge Theatre on BBC 1s Jim Davidson Presents on a bill that included Ronan Keating, Status Quo and Jethro and made five BBC Aunties Bloomers shows with Terry Wogan.
His best-selling book, Nearly Famous published by Virgin Books, has gone into paperback after two reprints in hardback. He has also just written the foreword for a Green Umbrella publication F is for Football
On radio he took over BBC Radio 5s Six-O-Six Show from Danny Baker and is a regular guest on BBC Radio 4s Today programme, Test Match Special and Talksport. He appeared on Radio 4s Trivia Test Match with Brian Johnston, Sir Tim Rice and Willie Rushton.
Bob took part in a Radio 4 series on oratory, had his own show on TVS and was the subject of a documentary feature on Meridian.
Sky Sports have also used him extensively ranging from Monday Night Live to a Footballers Football Show Christmas Special with Jim Bowen, Bernard Manning and Jimmy Tarbuck. I even managed to get a word in, he said.
In 2001 he appeared in front of an audience of 5,000 my biggest yet! at a Tributes Band Concert at the Royal Albert Hall.
There arent many people in the business that he hasn't worked with. He recently appeared in Ronnie and Friends at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon on the same bill as Jasper Carrot, Bruce Forsyth, Jimmy Tarbuck and Ronnie himself.
Others on the list include-
Muhammed Ali - The Bee Gees - Elkie Brooks - Phil Collins Ken Dodd- David Essex - George Harrison - Bob Hoskins - Frankie Howerd - Barrie Humphries - Elton John Arthur Lowe Eric Morecambe - Elaine Paige
Rod Stewart even asked him to appear at his Dads 80th birthday party!
He has appeared with most members of the Royal Family and is a particular favourite of the Duke of Edinburgh. I like his voice he told one member of audience, after Bob had delivered a poem teasing the Duke for never recognising him.
He is also much in demand as a scriptwriter. William Hague used him when he was Leader of the Opposition and was highly acclaimed for his material. Bob and his writing partner, Brian Robinson, have also written for many leading industrialists and politicians as well as the late Lord Runcie, Archbishop of Canterbury. When he died Lady Runcie wrote to Bob saying you are a legend in our house with The Johnson Brothers and Lenin in Poland jokes.
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"Acknowledged as Britains leading full-time after dinner speaker."
"One of Britains funniest after dinner comedians."
"Thank you for coming to France for Barclays. Bob. Your presence and splendid performance on stage put the icing on the cake."
The late Lord Cowdrey of Tonbridge
"You held it together when it might have fallen apart."
The Chief Executive of the Lords Taverners
"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
"You managed to hit just the right note everyone loves to see the Chairman squirm!"
John Marsh, Chairman, Kestrel Group
"Your professionalism is obvious and to entertain us all for over an hour, and to bring in the company characters, was outstanding."
Peter Venton, Seimens
"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 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
"After a Variety Club Luncheon with Sven Goran Eriksson, Henry Winter in the Daily Telegraph awarded the him the Best After Dinner Joke of the Year."
"Thanks so much for your great cabaret at the Peter Alliss Golf Day- and for following Bruce Forsyth!"
Margaret Price, Director, Lady Taverners
"This man is magic."
The late Sir Harry Secombe
"Without doubt Bob the Cat is the funniest speaker I have heard on football, in all my experience."
Sir Bobby Robson CBE
Benedictine After Dinner Speaker of the Year.
Mail On Sunday After Dinner Speakers Hall of Fame.
Soccer Speaker of the Year.
Reuters Jackie Blanchflower Memorial Trophy
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