Last updated on March 3rd, 2019 at 08:27 pm
Bob Stromberg is funny. That’s the long and short of it. He talks about the things that could have happened in anyone’s childhood and makes us go back so well that we feel like we’re right there, watching it happen again. Even the moments in his entertainment program that were decidedly not funny at the time seem hilarious when he recounts it. He also does these incredible shadow puppet performances, which he sets to music. They are so mesmerizing; you have to see them to believe it. He has performed his shadow puppet act in almost 2500 shows and his stand up for over 35 years. To say Bob Stromberg is a seasoned professional is an understatement.
Shadow Puppets, shadow puppetry, hand shadows, shadowgraphy… whatever you call the art form, Bob Stromberg is a master entertainer who uses his unique skill to amaze and entertain audiences at family events, corporate settings, fund raisers and anywhere that people need to laugh from the heart. His ability to create animals morphing magically from one to another is a perfect foil for his story telling and clean comedy.
As one of the co-authors and original stars of the comedy theatrical megahit “Triple Espresso”, Bob brought a screen and light to rehearsal one day. He said to his partners, “You guys have to see what I’ve come up with here. I think we need to write this into the show.” That led to ten years of perfecting his shadow puppetry through nearly twenty-five-hundred performances.
World Famous Shadow Puppets
Bob then presented the piece at a number of large conferences and private corporate events. This resulted in dozens of amateur videos on YouTube and people began to notice. In 2007 Bob flew to London to appear on The Graham Norton Show. “I was a little concerned,” he says, “about the nature of the program. I lived in London for a few months when Triple Espresso played at the Arts Theater in the West End. Graham’s show was huge there and I knew that it could be pretty bawdy. I, on the other hand, am a clean comedian and have no desire to be viewed in any other way. But I thought maybe I could shine a little light.” The result was a big success. This led to a lot more YouTube shadow puppets postings.
In 2008 Bob was asked to help create an advertisement for “Not for Sale” an international movement to abolish slavery. The result was a hugely successful television campaign which was awarded the distinguished Chloe Award, the highest honor in the world of advertising. More YouTube postings and another call… this time from SBC Advertising in Columbus, OH asking if Bob would help their client, retail giant, AJWright to create an original Christmas story in shadow. Bob helped, write and direct “The Gift of Happy” performed by Bob and twenty-five children at the Boy’s and Girl’s Club of America. It turned out great…and on it goes.
Those familiar with comedian Bob Stromberg know him as a master of shadow puppetry. His work on the short Christmas movie The Gift of Happy exemplifies the professional work and clear design of his craft. While this particular piece gives only a small taste of his comedic genius, the short certainly gives a beautiful snapshot of Bob’s family values as well as the soul of his work in entertainment.
The Gift of Happy focuses on a ordinary stuffed bear who sits high on a shelf at a toy store, surrounded by many toys much fancier than himself. With a cast of 25 children under Bob’s direction, shadows tell us the story of how the little bear wishes he were something different so that he can be loved. When a woman takes him home in a box and places him under the Christmas tree as a gift, the little bear learns a valuable lesson about being himself.
The simple genius of mere black-and-white shadows tells the story of The Gift of Happy in a dramatically moving way. The creativity and showmanship of Bob Stromberg shines through, and those who see this short will likely be hooked on Bob’s unique entertainment style, which not only features the ageless art of shadow puppets but is also consistently clean and family-friendly.
American Entertainment Magazine writes:
“While the majority of Bob’s career has been spent occupying the stage as a stand up comic, the truly unique gift he has is in presenting his delightfully amusing stories to audiences through the form of shadow puppetry. He takes one of the simplest (and probably oldest) idle pastimes and transforms it into something that can truly be considered art, even if you can’t post it on a canvas.”
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