Bob “the Cat” Bevan MBE

Location: Tunbridge Wells, Kent
About The Speaker...

UK’s leading after dinner speaker who has appeared all over the world. Previously had a highly-successful career in journalism and PR especially in the travel business. He has also written humour and comedy poems for many famous people, such as William Hague, David Frost and even the Duke of Edinburgh. Among his corporate clients were British Airways and Rolls Royce. He has also worked with and for most of his showbiz and sporting heroes.

About Their Talks...

Entertaining and humorous stand-up style mainly dealing with the light-hearted side of life but also the serious of the business of making people laugh. He has also recalls his PR and journalism career where he had to handle shipping and air disasters and a hotel fire.


£150-£250 more for after lunch and after dinner. 45p per mile or public transport costs

My Contact Details:

07836 250835

Business of Comedy

Talks about it being a job like any other – health benefits of laughter – marketing yourself – memory – structuring an act – art of timing – observing others – topicality – political correctness – hecklers – copyright of material – favourite comics and jokes – “dying a death” how to cope – working abroad

Broadcasting and Countdown

How an appearance at the Penarth Motor Yacht Club’s “Men Only Tripe Supper” led to appearing with Diana Dors, Russell Grant and Donald Sinden on an astrological game show on HTV.
Tells stories and jokes from his 25 appearances on Countdown – how Richard Whiteley and he were on the same Honours List – the largely unknown story of the shock the Queen had in store for Richard.

Writing for others and comic poems

Talks about script and joke writing for William Hague – Archbishop of Canterbury, the late Robert Runcie – Sir David Frost – Kevin Keegan – speeches and poems for corporates – British Airways (one was published in the Sunday Times) – Rolls Royce – Rugby Football Union -P & O etc – and for the not so famous including a few dogs such as former Home Secretary David Blunkett’s guide dog!
Talks about writing and performing poems for the famous and not so famous – two with and about the Duke of Edinburgh (who also wrote one verse about him) – Ronnie Corbett – Roy Hudd – Jimmy Tarbuck – William Hague – David Gower – Gary Lineker – Seb Coe and others – writing and performing a parody of “Summer Holiday” accompanied by Mike D’Abo on board a cruise ship.

Travel Industry

Tales of his journalism and PR career – living on a ship with Arthur Lowe – attending the launch of the QE2 – organising 16 ship launchings – handling fall out of air crash – how the Zeebrugge disaster was totally avoidable – PR stunts that went wrong – partnership with a Marquess – Chairman embarrassing him with Princess Anne – Northern Ireland before, during and after “The Troubles” – Qatar and how Saddam Hussein cost him the PR account – plus an “off the wall” story about editing six editions of the Dairy Shorthorn Journal

Name Dropping 1

Tells of interviewing Sir John Major – Jimmy Tarbuck – Sir Alex Ferguson (with clips) – Harry Redknapp (with clips) – Sir Bobby Robson – legends of Middlesex County Cricket Club, including Mike Brearley, at their 150th anniversary (with clips), Sir Ian Botham – Australian Ashes team 2019 – plus an embarrassment with Sir David Frost
Stories of all the people he has worked with (A-M) including – John Alderton – Muhummad Ali – Jimmy Anderson – Prince Andrew – Eamonn Andrews – Jeffrey Archer – Max Boyce – Rory Bremner – Alistair Campbell – Tommy Cannon – Jimmy Carr – Jasper Carrott – Frank Carson – Jim Carter – Tony Christie – Eric Clapton – Sir Henry Cooper – Jim Davidson – Steve Davies – Sir Ken Dodd – Diana Dors – Anton du Beke – Duke of Edinburgh – Sir Bruce Forsyth -Len Goodman – Rhod Gilbert – Russell Grant – George Harrison – Harry Hill – Jethro – Elton-John – Roy Kinnear – Arthur Lowe – Vera Lynn – Bernard Manning – Paul Merton – Ron Moody – Moody Blues – Eric Morecambe – Piers Morgan – John Motson – Colin Moynihan – Pete Murray

Name Dropping 2

Stories of all the people he has worked with (N-Z) including – Ronnie O’Sullivan – Elaine Paige – Nicholas Parsons – Fred Perry – Robert Powell – Gordon Ramsey – Ted Ray – Sir Tim Rice – Bryan Robson – Willie Rushton – Harry Secombe – Alan Simpson – Gladstone Small – John Stapleton – Ed Stewart – Rod Stewart – Micky Stewart – Richard Stilgoe – Daley Thompson – Sandi Tosvig – Frankie Vaughn – Rick Wakeman – Catherine Zeta-Jones


How he got the world’s most expensive ‘keeper on a “Beat the Goalie” stand at the Old Wilsonians’ Donkey Derby
Talks about playing at Wembley – being hired to relax and amuse at various FA Cup Finals including one travelling with Brighton and being in the dressing room and on the pitch – launching the Great Goalkeeper Shows with Gordon Banks and Pat Jennings – Jimmy Hill – Footballer of the Year Dinners (six – a record) – how he became friends with the Boys of ’66 for 40 years and played at Wembley with them – Jimmy Greaves – Kevin Keegan – Billy Wright – Johnny Haynes – Sir Bobby Robson – George Best – Gazza


Tells why he became only the second entertainer in history to be President of a County Cricket Club (Kent) – why he has been a guest of Cricket Australia at the last two Ashes Series Down Under – playing cricket around the world (including France, Hong Kong, Kenya and Los Angeles) with the Lord’s Taverners charity team which he occasionally captained – meeting his wife (Pan’s People dancer Laura Collins) playing in Florida – meeting legends of the game – Dennis Lillee – Fred Trueman – Jeff Thomson – Terry Jenner (coach to Shane Warne) – Colin Cowdrey – Mark Ramprakash and Strictly – Rachel Heyhoe-Flint – Andrew Strauss – his highly-acclaimed two-man show with Sir Alistair Cook

Bob “the Cat” Bevan MBE Contact Details:

07836 250835

Send a message to Bob “the Cat” Bevan MBE