Bob 'the Cat' Bevan
- Benedictine After-Dinner Speakers Award
- Reuteurs Jackie Blanchflower Memorial Trophy
- Soccer Speaker of the Year
- Mail on Sunday After Dinner Speakers Hall of Fame
- Awarded MBE in 2004 Birthday Honour
- New entry in 2007 'Who's Who'
Bob 'The Cat' Bevan has made a career out of being one of the best in the country at doing what most of us dread - speaking in public. He grew up loving sport and persevered, despite having only one eye and an almost total absence of natural ability! His reputation as a figure of fun and his readiness to laugh at his own failures have reaped rich rewards.
News - January 2007
the 159th annual edition of Who's Who has just been released. The publication celebrates the diversity of human achievement by recognising the people who reached the pinnacle of excellence in their field.
After dinner speaker and comediant, Bob 'the Cat' bevan MBE is one of the new entries in this year's Who Who.
How many of us have played football with Bobby Moore and George Best at Wembley, or played cricket at Lord's, or written and delivered a poem teasing the Duke of Edinburgh, or written gags for the Leader of the Opposition which left the Prime Minister squirming in his seat?
Bob Bevan, probably the first person to be honoured by the Queen for after dinner speaking.
Bob remembers Thursday May 8, 1980 as a day that changed his life. He was the first non-professional entertainer to speak to the notoriously-tough audience at the Footballer of the Year Dinner. He brought the house down to such an extent that people who were there still talk about it.
Later that very evening he was booked to appear with Billy Connolly and Jimmy Tarbuck and his career took off.
Hundreds of dinners and many awards later he is still at the top of the tree culminating in his MBE awarded by the Her Majesty the Queen in the 2004 Birthday Honours.
Although he started at speaking at sporting dinners - his nickname refers to his hopelessness as a goalkeeper at the very lowest level of the game - he is now in huge demand on the corporate circuit at home and abroad.
Bob has made countless appearances on TV and radio. He is now a regular guest on Channel 4s Countdown He was the late Richard Whiteleys penultimate guest, a distinction he says he would rather not have had. He has appeared on stage at Londons Cambridge Theatre on BBC 1s Jim Davidson Presents on a bill that included Ronan Keating, Status Quo and Jethro and made five BBC Aunties Bloomers shows with Terry Wogan.
His best-selling book, Nearly Famous published by Virgin Books, has gone into paperback after two reprints in hardback. He has also just written the foreword for a Green Umbrella publication F is for Football
On radio he took over BBC Radio 5s Six-O-Six Show from Danny Baker and is a regular guest on BBC Radio 4s Today programme, Test Match Special and Talksport. He appeared on Radio 4s Trivia Test Match with Brian Johnston, Sir Tim Rice and Willie Rushton.
Bob took part in a Radio 4 series on oratory, had his own show on TVS and was the subject of a documentary feature on Meridian.
Sky Sports have also used him extensively ranging from Monday Night Live to a Footballers Football Show Christmas Special with Jim Bowen, Bernard Manning and Jimmy Tarbuck. 'I even managed to get a word in', he said.
In 2001 he appeared in front of an audience of 5,000 'my biggest yet!' at a Tributes Band Concert at the Royal Albert Hall.
There arent many people in the business that he hasnt worked with. He appeared in Ronnie and Friends at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon on the same bill as Jasper Carrot, Bruce Forsyth, Jimmy Tarbuck and Ronnie himself.
Others on the list include-
Muhammed Ali - The Bee Gees - Elkie Brooks - Phil Collins Ken Dodd- David Essex - George Harrison - Bob Hoskins - Frankie Howerd - Barrie Humphries - Elton John Arthur Lowe Eric Morecambe - Elaine Paige
Rod Stewart even asked him to appear at his Dads 80th birthday party!
He has appeared with most members of the Royal Family and is a particular favourite of the Duke of Edinburgh. 'I like his voice' he told one member of audience, after Bob had delivered a poem teasing the Duke for never recognising him.
Among his corporate clients past and present are:-
Bank of England
Best Western Hotels
Black Horse Financial Services
Legal and General
National Westminster Bank
Price, Waterhouse Cooper
Ross Young Foods
Shandwick Public Relations
Sun Life of Canada
Don't forget if you are thinking of booking a Speaker for your event we can also help with Awards Presenters, Comedians,after dinner Cabaret, fabulous Party Bands or Tributes, DJs, Close up Magicians, amazing Lookalikes for Meet and Greet, Circus Acts and many different types of Themed Entertainment plus much, much more.
In Showbiz we think he's the bees knees. He's the most sought-after after dinner speaker in the country and that's a fact"
Jim Davidson introducing Bob on BBC-1's "Jim Davidson Presents"
|"I was delighted with your after dinner speech. That you managed to make us all laugh so much and avoid any bad language at all was most impressive - in my experience quite rare too."
Philip Clarke, a Tesco Director.
|"Thanks - and congratulations - on your performance at the Airline of the Year Awards.....your contribution helped to make it the most successful event in 16 years"
Mike Toynbee, Editor, Executive Travel
|"Without doubt Bob "the Cat" is the funniest speaker I have heard on football in all my experience"
Sir Bobby Robson CBE, legendary football manager speaker
"Your professionalism is obvious and to entertain us all for over an hour, and to bring in the company characters, was outstanding" Peter Venton, Seimens
One of Britain's funniest after dinner comedians"
Without a doubt Bob "the Cat" is the funniest speaker I have heard on football in all my experience" - Bobby Robson, Manager, Newcastle Utd
"May I thank you most sincerely for a wonderful and entertaining 40 minutes . many have also expressed a favourable opinion as to just how humour can be portrayed without resorting to the depths of bad language" - Roy Vinter, Chairman, Kent Football League Centenary Ball
"Thanks so much for your great cabaret at the Peter Alliss Golf Day- and for following Bruce Forsyth!" - Margaret Price, Director, Lady Taverners
"What was especially pleasing was your capacity to be exceedingly funny without the need to descend to obscenity - a truly outstanding performance" - Chief Superintendent Kent Foster, Greater Manchester CID
"Thank you for coming to France. Bob, your presence and splendid performance on stage put the icing on the cake" - the late Lord Cowdrey of Tonbridge
Thanks - and congratulations - on your performance at the Airline of the Year Awards.... your contribution helped to make it the most successful event in 16 years - Mike Toynbee, Editor, Executive Travel