Bob Cates grew up on a large farm near the small town of Forest, Ontario, Canada. A quiet, unassuming young man, he had his head in the stars. One day at high school, Bob saw the most magical sight – someone juggling several balls. He experienced what his audiences now experience: the oxymoron of juggling. It’s the most magical looking thing in the world, but it’s totally real. It’s within the grasp of most, but few will take up the challenge to learn it. It was this “air-born” love affair that would take him to undreamed-of heights. Learning to juggle with tennis balls as a teenager, he was a relative late starter to be considered a real contender for the Canadian Juggling Championships, let alone a full time professional. But he practiced hard; learning advanced juggling, unicycling, balancing skills and performance technique.
In June 2007, Bob married his dream girl Jane who in fact had hired him for a show several years earlier. They travel together now making it a family business, as she works behind the scenes as well as on the stage. They are looking forward to the first few years of marriage together with travels taking them to places far and wide, including Paris, the French Riviera, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, California, the Caribbean, Alberta, Muskoka, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, South Korea, and China.
Experience of Bob Cates
In the mid to late 1990s, Bob went full time and performed at many fairs, festivals, private events, as well as at every major Busking Festival in Canada. In 2000, Bob started performing on cruise ships about 20 weeks a year for Holland America, Disney, Cunard, Princess and Celebrity and continues today to fill much of his schedule with headline performances on cruise ships. Bob was twice awarded “Best Entertainer of the Year” at the Molson Canadian F.E.O. Awards in 1999 & 2001. He has also been nominated for Best Entertainer of the Year at the 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2010 Canadian Event Industry Awards and won the Most Difficult Trick Award at the RIT New York Juggling Festival. He was ecstatic to be nominated two years in a row for Best One Man Show at the 2006 and 2007 Canadian Comedy Awards which presents awards in many categories including Best Stand up Comedian, Best Improviser, and Best Television Performance. He has been a special guest performer at the Israeli Juggling Convention and several National Youth Conventions in the United States.
Comedy Style of Bob Cates
The Comedy in Motion show is much more than a stand up routine, and involves a great deal of physical skill which has taken years to hone. Some skills include advanced juggling, wild unicycling and balancing skills, Dance Dance Revolution while juggling, Chinese Yo Yo and cigar box manipulation, illusion, slapstick and frantic plate spinning reminiscent of the Ed Sullivan Show. He is one of few performers left in North America performing authentic plate spinning – his signature piece. Overall, the show is very fast paced, highly interactive and uses situational comedy and advanced skills to keep audience members of all ages on the edge of their seats right to the very end.
Why hire Bob Cates?
Bob is a professional comic variety entertainer with an amazing fun and clean show which is remarkably adaptable to all ages and most venues. Bob’s performances have taken him as far away as Alaska, Singapore, and Russia. He recently returned from an extended performance on a cruise ship visiting Easter Island, Tahiti, and Bora Bora. With a show as flexible, and with as much mass-appeal as “Comedy in Motion,” the show plays perfectly at corporate banquets, special events, trade shows, festivals, exhibitions, fairs, and on cruise ships. When Bob is not performing as a headliner on luxury cruise ships for Celebrity, Princess, Holland America, Royal Caribbean or Cunard, he often performs at corporate and private events. Experience the Amazingly Funny world of Comedy in Motion with Canada’s favourite juggler, Bob Cates.
Works well in this Type of Event: Corporate Events, Private Events, Church Events, Cruise Ships, Casinos, Trade Shows, Conventions, Charity Events, and Comedy Clubs and Festivals.
How to book Bob Cates
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