A native of Long Island, New York, Bob Nelson Comedian launched his comedy career in the late 1970s as the result of an on-the-job accident. The accident occurred as Bob placed a call to a client relative to a telephone directory problem. Unbeknownst to him, Bob accidentally miss-dialed the number resulting in his speaking as a comedy character to a Massapequa, Long Island comedy club owner who hired him on the spot.
Many routines created by Nelson suggest that his list of mentors and idols included Rodney Dangerfield and especially Red Skelton, whose face said it all. Through the years, some of Bob’s most popular and memorable characters have been punch drunk prize fighter, Jiffy Jeff, nerdy, Eppy Epperman and hillbilly chicken farmer, Wilby Ktuckerson.
Bob Nelson Comedian and Entertainer
Many comedians believe that only a person like Nelson could create a character like Jiffy Jeff and yet manage not to offend anybody. As Jiffy Jeff, Nelson appeared as a minimal brain dis-functional boxer dressed in huge, bright orange boxing gloves and sporting an orange helmet bearing the inscription “Everfast.”
For his routine entitled “Morning”, Nelson relied on a stage prop that consisted of a large, rundown house with several doors enabling his character to exit through one only to suddenly reappear via another that the attention of the audience was not focused upon.
A highlight of his career occurred as comedian, Bob Nelson comedian served as the opening act for Rodney Dangerfield, which became an ideal venue for his football spoof that continues to delight audiences. One “Tonight Show” host once commented that it is impossible to laugh any harder than while watching Nelson. Ironically, his football character was destined to become a masterpiece in the history of comedy routines.
Nelson quickly moved into the HBO sector of television with one special centered around Rodney Dangerfield, whom Nelson dubbed as his “Godfather of Comedy.” Another unforgettable HBO special occurred while Nelson was a member of “The Identical Triplets,” whose co-stars included comedy legend, Eddy Murphy.
Comedian, Nelson’s accolades include being a 1983 Emmy winner for a children’s television program entitled “Double Muppet Hold the Onions” which he wrote and performed. Nelson also appeared with Arnold Schwarzenegger in “Kindergarten Cop” and portrayed Harpo Marx during a 1990s revival of the Marx Brothers classic “A Night at the Opera.”
Many experts in the field of comedy believe that Bob Nelson’s Emmy was an outgrowth of his coming to the attention of a Merv Griffin Show talent scout. Perhaps the acme of his career occurred when Bob Nelson comedian was invited to participate in a Ford Theater performance entitled “The Stars Salute the President’,” whose audience included President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan.
In an interview, Nelson remarked that he firmly believes laughter can alleviate or cure anything.