Parachute landing sparked career
On With the Show’s
Flashback to 1994
IT says much for the British entertainer Bobby Dennis that his 1990 Australian Entertainment MO Award win as `Comedian of the Year’ has been followed by yet another nomination in 1994 – this time for Variety Comedy Performer of the Year.
As he likes to tell it, he decided to become a comedian when he landed on his head following a parachute jump during his four years with the British Army as a paratrooper.
In fact he began his theatrical career, like so many before him, touring variety theatres throughout the UK before appearing for many seasons in revue, summer shows and pantomimes.
Then came the cabaret field in many of Britain’s leading hotels before the first of his two seasons at the West End’s famous Windmill Theatre, birthplace of so many great star comedians including Alfred Marks, Sir Harry Secombe, Bill Maynard, Arthur English and the late Tony Hancock, Jimmy Edwards and Peter Sellers.
Among numerous overseas tours with various revues, Bobby first appeared on Australian television in the 1960s with Dave Allan and later did three series both in Sydney and Melbourne. In 1978 he appeared on BBC TV in the series `It Ain’t ‘Arf Hot Mom’ and in 1980 he was in the BBC TV comedy show `Hi De Hi’.
In 1992 Bobby did a three month season aboard The Pacific Princess (The Love Boat) and more recently appeared at the Hilton Hotels in Sydney and Melbourne with the Shirley Bassey tour.Tweet