Bob Downe, one of Australia's most loved and enduring comedy characters, is the creation of Mark Trevorrow.
Born in Melbourne in 1959, Mark was co-founder of the cabaret comedy group The Globos, who released two Australian Top 20 hit singles Tintarella di Luna (1982) and The Beat Goes On (1983). In 1984 he formed a comedy duo with Cathy Armstrong, in which Bob Downe was born.
In 1988 Mark took Bob Downe to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe where he was an instant success. Throughout the 1990s Mark commuted between London and Sydney, touring nationally in both countries. In 2002 Bob made his 12th Edinburgh Fringe appearance.
In Australia, Bob's first album titled Greatest Hits was released in 1996, with his second album Jazzy! (1997) being nominated for a Best Comedy Album ARIA music award. In 2001 Bob released his third album Huge Hits to great success.
In 1998 Bob published his first book All Bob Downe! (Penguin). The same year he hosted the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade broadcast (Network Ten). In 1999 and 2000, he again hosted the Mardi Gras Parade, and in 2000 hosted his own comedy/chat series The Bob Downe Show (Foxtel/TV1).
Bob Downe's Australian tours, Million Sellers (1999), Whiter! Brighter! (2000), Cold August Night (2002) were sellouts everywhere, including performances at the Sydney Opera House and the State Theatre. In 2008, his show Bob Downe - 20 Golden Greats toured Sydney clubs to huge success.
In the UK, Bob's numerous television credits include: Bob Downe Under (LWT, 1992); Barrymore, Des O'Connor Tonight, Surprise! Surprise! and The 1995 Royal Variety Performance (all for ITV). The 1996 ITV New Year's Eve spectacular, The Bob Downe Special, the UK series Bob Downe All Over Britain (UKPlay/BBC, 1998) and Spicks and Specks (2009). In 1999 Mark was awarded Cabaret Artiste of the Year at the Green Room Awards and received the honour again in 2000.
In 2001 Bob played a successful three-night showcase at New York's Westbeth Theatre. The same year Mark debuted a new cabaret show, singing as himself for the first time with a jazz trio at the Black Cat Cabaret in Melbourne. In 2003 he presented the same show at the Sydney Opera House Studio to sell out audiences and a studio album, It's About Time, featuring these songs was released in February 2004 by ABC Music/Universal. Following sellout seasons at Australia's home of cabaret, The Butterfly Club in Melbourne, and sellout shows at the 2007 Adelaide Cabaret Festival in June, his show Live & Swingin' headlined in a three week season at The Spiegeltent at the 2007 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Later that year, he performed a Christmas Show, Ding Dong Downe with TV legend Denise Drysdale.
In 2003 following the success of his ABC documentary The Way We Were: Sinatra in Australia (2002), Mark recorded more such specials for the ABC and also appeared as the voice of Spalding in the outrageous animated Australian/Canadian sitcom Quads (SBS 2002). In 2006, Bob performed in Melbourne, Las Vegas, Mauritius, and at the Edinburgh Festival.