Last updated on October 12th, 2018 at 09:41 pm
Bob Nelson is a comedy legend
Bob Nelson is a chameleon. You never know what character he will embody. Bob Nelson has captivated audiences by his edge-of-your-seat style since 1978. His unexpected spins on topics, physical demonstrations, and witty satire made Bob Nelson one of the most sought-after talents in the 1980s. His characters endeared audiences to them, making people relate as though they were flesh and blood. Eppy Epperman, a nerdy kid, is one of those characters that resonated with people. He made appearances in several of Bob Nelson’s skits, adding familiarity to the segment. Bob Nelson’s skill at making people truly feel the comedy instead of just hear it is uncanny.
The standing opening act for Rodney Dangerfield’s show for 8 years, Bob Nelson has enjoyed a rich career in comedy this far. He has performed before President Reagan, on the Merv Griffin Show, at Radio City Music Hall, and, most recently, at the Grand Ole Opry. Bob Nelson was one of the few comedians to get their own special on HBO…, and he’s done it twice.
Ascending the ladder with peers like Sam Kineson, Eddie Murphy, and Roseanne Barr, Bob Nelson made a name for himself in comedy clubs. His career has taken him from the stage to the silver screen. With movies, such as Kindergarten Cop, and This is My Life With Julie, Bob Nelson has solidified his place in comedy history.
Bob Nelson’s football routine is regarded as one of the funniest skits in comedy history. His flair for turning stereotypes into laughable and some might say teachable moments are demonstrated in full form during this skit. Football players in the college football All-Star Game trot out to introduce themselves before the big game. Players from all walks of life emerge to announce their presence. From the Hunchback of Notre Dame to depictions of racial and socioeconomic stereotypes, Bob Nelson made people laugh with him and at themselves. His parodies often strike a timely chord.
Johnny Carson once said of Bob’s character Jiffy Jeff Gym, “You can’t laugh any harder in five or six minutes than you did at that guy, Bob Nelson”.
Bob has been in the business of comedy for twenty-five years. Bob was host to an HBO pilot that was geared to toddlers and children. “The Laugh a Lot Club” involved a couple of clowns who performed skits with a moral, mostly to discourage children from teasing each other. He has made many videos of his past performances in various venues around the country.
Throughout his comedic span, Bob has perfected many characters. Besides Jiffy Jeff Gym, he has developed characters in his skits like Eppy Epperman, Ping Yeh (The Landlord), Henry W. Stone (Eppy’s Grampa), Otis (The prop Gorilla), a Cop, and a little kid.
Bob Nelson’s comedy skits use everyday humor while avoiding unnecessary profanity making his comedy perfect for a family to sit down and laugh at together. It is so refreshing not to have to send the kids out of the room in fear of hearing the inappropriate material.
All of Bob Nelson’s skits are unique. From a fish devouring bubbles to a cowboy doing tricks with his guns, he will have you on the floor in fits of uncontrollable laughter.
A few simple props such as an old hat, a set of ugly teeth, or bubbles are all this performer needs to get into character. His skits are well thought out and written in creative tones that will inspire any young comedian wishing to make way in the comedy field. The rest of us will just laugh.
It has been proven that laughter can prolong a person’s life. Watching Bob Nelson will add a few years to your lifespan while keeping you chuckling along the way.
Bob Nelson prefers clean comedy, getting laughs because of his ingenuity and creativity, rather than with foul language. He patterns himself behind his mentor, Red Skelton who commended him on his decision not to incorporate vulgar behavior in his show. As if to embody the decision to “go clean”, Bob Nelson won an Emmy award for a children’s show he wrote and starred in.
Bob Nelson can be found touring the US at comedy clubs and colleges. Treat yourself to a Bob Nelson show. Seeing him live is a true treat to the senses.
For booking information on Comedian Bob Nelson call 615-283-0039.
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