Bob Downe

Comedy, Hosts/MC's, Music

Bob Downe is one of Australia's most loved and enduring comedy characters, the creation of journalist, comedian, actor and broadcaster Mark Trevorrow. Mark was born in Melbourne in 1959, trained as a journalist at the Herald Sun, and moved to Sydney in 1982 with the success of his cabaret group “The Globos”, who enjoyed two National Top 20 Singles, “Tintarella di Luna” (1982) and “The Beat Goes On” (1983).

Mark created Bob Downe in 1984 and has toured the world as the Prince of Polyester ever since - including a nomination for Best Newcomer at the inaugural “Melbourne International Comedy Festival” (1987), a “Glasgow Mayfest Award” (1994), consecutive “Melbourne Green Room Awards” for Best Cabaret Artiste (1999 & 2000), five sellout Sydney Opera House seasons and 15 “Edinburgh Fringe Festivals”.

Bob's latest production stage show, “World War Bob”, premiered to acclaim at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in June 2009, and will tour in 2012.

Bob's multiple Television credits include “The Bob Downe Show” (TV1/Foxtel Australia, 2000-01), “Bob Downe All Over Britain” (BBC/UK Play, 1998), “The Bob Downe Special” (ITV UK, 1996), “The Royal Variety Performance” (ITV, 1995) and “Bob Downe Under” (LWT, 1991). 

His most recent TV appearances include hosting (for the eighth time) the “Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade” (Foxtel/Arena Australia, 2010).

Since 2002, Mark has established a parallel career singing, acting and broadcasting as himself. His nostalgic documentary/talk series “The Way We Were” (ABC TV, 2004) was a ratings winner on Australia's national broadcaster and he is heard regularly on ABC Radio in Sydney and nationally.

As an actor, Mark has also performed as a recurring character (“Darryl” the menswear salesman) in Australia's most successful comedy series, “Kath & Kim” (ABC TV & Seven Network Australia, 2002-2007; also telecast on BBC2) and he will appear in the forthcoming “Kath & Kim” feature film, scheduled for production in October/November 2011.


"The magic of the man behind the mask.”
The Studio

“Whether serious or madcap, almost every line was delivered direct to the eyes of an audience member, yet Trevorrow's innate likeability allowed him to do this without any sense of confrontation. Perhaps Downe will let him out more often."
John Shand - Sydney Morning Herald

“Bob was a huge success and the crowd loved him.  He made a big difference to the atmosphere on the night and we were thrilled with his energy and personality.  He also made the effort to make some comments that were linked to the event which increased his impact - and he was absolutely hilarious.”
Karin Dunsford - Walford School