Stagecraft..Have I Got Any?

January 31, 2014

March 19th at 7.30 PM is the date upon which and the time at which I shall appear on the stage, under the lights, at Tony Starlights Supper Club to Perform my show The Book of Bob.  Although I have performed The Book of Bob poster v2a show of songs and words frequently in the past they have always been in the quiet almost austere atmosphere of recital rooms. This show will be set against the clatter of plates and cutlery, the clink of glasses the raucous guffaws of the audience laughing at their own jokes, not mine. Even good natured and generous Portlanders can be tough. It requires some stagecraft to get and hold the attention of people who are already having a good time. At worst I am an annoying background nuisance. At best I can be the sole focus of their evening for an hour or so. And so I invite you to witness this phenomenon. I think I have the moxy!

Check out this LINK for more details from Tony’s web-site, ad make your own reservation for the best table.


January 27, 2014

A little known government agency has determined that my slanting drooping eyelids were too sexy and therefore a threat to national security. Using the well oiled rendition process I was taken to a medical facility where a Blepharoplasty was performed on both of my eyes. As you can see my temporary appearance is unlikely to attract anything but raccoons. But I feel so patriotic. IMG_0845

In the years 1989 to 1995 I made many visits to Seoul to work with sales distributors. It often happened that Seoul was in the middle of a long Asian trip and I would find myself there over a weekend waiting to fly to the next country in my sales tour; Taiwan, Japan or China. On these weekends amongst other diversions I would take a taxi or the metro to Itaewon from my usual hotels, the Lotte, The Intercon, or the Shilla. And once I walked there from the Hyatt, which is nearby. Itaeown was and still is I assume, a shopping district close to the Yongsan US Army base. One could buy all manner of knock off goods, from Louis Vuitton luggage to Dior scarves and more. There was also a great choice of seconds. Seconds; genuine articles manufactured in South Korea either rejected for shipment or just somehow found their way to Itaewon.

One frozen Sunday afternoon I trudged up and down the street trying to stay warm as I looked for Christmas gifts. I cannot remember if I succeeded, but I do remember buying a GT Hawkins Bootspair of brand new boots. A pair of GT Hawkins dark maroon leather boots. The price was shown as $40. After some brief haggling the shop keeper let me have them for a little less. I put them on right away, I was that cold. In the box in which they came was some sales promotional material which claimed, amongst other benefits, that these boots were resistant to chicken manure. I have not been able to test that claim, but I have used and abused these boots in a variety of other ways over the twenty one years I have owned them. And now, apart from a tiny amount of leakage if I step into deep water, they are still warm and comfortable.

So Happy Birthday GT Hawkins boots! I hope I can enjoy you for a few more years yet. And indeed I will have to since the GT Hawkins company went out of business in 1995.

The Book of Bob is Back!

January 2, 2014

The story so far. Our hero, Bob, was forced to cancel his knock out cabaret show, The Book of Bob, back in September so that the aliens invading his spine could be persuaded to leave for their home planet. Aliens of this specific planet and type are hard to evict using normal Earth procedures. It has taken some months before Bob is able to once again step into the spotlight, sing and talk with no interference from irritating life forms.

And so it is with enormous almost galactic pleasure that Bob is proud to announce the rescheduling of a new and improved THE BOOK OF BOB, a Comedic and Satirical Cabaret Revelation in Songs and Words to March 19th at Tony Starlight’s Supper Club in the Hollywood District (of Portland, OR). The show starts at 7.30 PM but the doors will open around 6 PM to encourage you to eat and drink from Tony’s excellent menu and bar. Take a look at Tony’s at this LINK. Tony is one of THE BEST Neil Diamond imitators in the business and runs a terrific venue for Portland cabaret peThe Book of Bob poster v2rformers of all genres.

My show may include songs from Tom Lehrer, Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Monty Python, Randy Newman, Flanders & Swann, Dusty Springfield, Jake Thackray and similar. Songs that are not often sung for no apparent reason since they are so evocative and enjoyable.

I encourage you to BOOK NOW by calling this number (503) 517-8584 or make your excuses to me via this blog or to