Farm boy-turned-entertainer Bob Cates, is an award-winning clean comedian and variety artist. His interactive comedy show includes advanced juggling, wild unicycling and balancing skills, black light laser effects, illusion and an insane 24 plate spinning finale (using real breakable plates) that you will remember for a long long time. Bob Cates, a Canadian Juggling Champion, physical comedian and new vaudevillian comes from humble roots as a pig farmer's son. After two previous nominations, he was awarded Best Variety Act by the Canadian Comedy Awards in 2018. He was also twice nominated Best One Man Show by the Canadian Comedy Awards. In 2016, Bob was awarded National Entertainer of the Year at the Canadian Event Industry Awards after 4 previous nominations. The Canadian Event Industry Awards are widely acknowledged as the pinnacle mark of professional achievement, and the highest honour a Canadian event professional can earn.
Bob, a resident of Cambridge Ontario was twice awarded "Best Entertainer of the Year" at the Molson Canadian F.E.O. Awards. He won the Most Difficult Trick Award at the RIT New York Juggling Festival and has been a special guest performer at the Israeli Juggling Convention and several National Youth Conventions in the Canada and the United States. 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. 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.
Bob taught himself to juggle in high school and continued to practice hard through college and university when he won the Canadian Juggling Championships. He went full time after graduating and hasn't looked back since. His performances are now split between cruise ships, corporate and gala dinner special events, and churches or ministry events. He has headlined on almost every cruise line over the last 20 years totaling 250 weeks at sea.
Bob met his wife Jane in 2006 when she hired him for a show! They married in 2007 and is now a full time partner in the business and travels with the show as stage manager and performer. She has been awarded "Employee of the Month" every month since June 2007! Bob and Jane have a fun loving 9 year old boy, who has already retired from show business.
- Best Variety Act 2018
- Favourite Entertainer 2017
- Entertainer Of The Year 2016
- Best Variety Act 2015
- Best Variety Act 2014
- Entertainer of The Year 1999 & 2001
- Canadian Juggling Champion
WHAT OTHERS HAD TO SAY
"I just wanted to say what a wonderfully entertaining performance you put on for our staff on Saturday evening. You have amazing skill and put everyone in awe of the visual display they saw. I especially appreciate how you made us all laugh greatly in a family friendly way and without it being at the expense of any person. It was totally enjoyable and our staff members are still talking about it."
"On behalf of the organizing committee for Cabela’s 2012 National Sales Meeting, please accept my sincere thanks for entertaining our group at this year’s meeting. Your performance was perfect! Between your jokes, juggling, lights, music and plate spinning, you kept the crowd of 500 employees captivated for the entire evening. In our conference-ending survey, your performance received 100% positive reviews from our employees, which is a testament to your talent, skill and ability to interact and connect with such a large crowd."
"At our recent employee conference, we enjoyed an exhilarating performance from entertainer Bob Cates with his Comedy in Motion. This is the second time we have hired Mr. Cates for this event and it was even better than the last time. Bob is a true professional. The contract arrangements were made very efficiently through email and he was quick to respond to my inquiries. The contract documents he provided were very thorough and clearly laid out his requirements to ensure a perfectly executed performance."