“A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.”
— Willy Wonka
Bob Phillips saunters on stage wearing a black suit and black tie, looking like he just returned from an alien encounter. He doesn’t have the look of your typical, disheveled comedian. He is cool, confident and clean cut. A gently smirk graces his goateed face as he takes the microphone out of the stand.
This guy is in charge and he knows what he is doing.
The sixth of eight children, this Michigan native had a successful career in business long before he ever ventured onto the stand-up stage. He started performing comedy 17 years ago after a divorce left him a 40 year old man with time on his hands and a desire for a change. Comedy was something he had always wanted to try and, as is often the case, he quickly found himself hooked. It was less of a mid-life crisis and more of a Renaissance. He worked his way up the ranks from MC, to feature, to his current status as one of the most sought after comedians working the road today.
There are no sacred cows in Bob’s act, and there are no safe havens. He covers a lot of ground, with a show that is a blend of observational, topical, political, and biographical material. He talks about every day subjects, from his Catholic upbringing, growing up in the seventies, aging, and the difference between raising boys and girls. His does so with wicked timing, intelligence and sarcasm. It’s a winning combination.
Success has its rewards. Bob has been seen on the Fox stand-up comedy series “Laughs” and is heard daily on SiriusXM satellite radio’s Rawdog and Laughs USA channels. He is a contributing writer to the website “Funny or Die”, and is one half of the popular internet podcast, “The Sal & Bob Show.” In addition, he has also appeared several times on the Anthony Cumia Show Featuring Dave Landau.
Bob has recorded three full length comedy CD’s. “Live In Fargo,” “Pop Tarts and Air,” and the newly released, “Ten Dollar Gift Card.” He performs at all the top clubs, theaters, and casinos around the country. From Detroit to Las Vegas, from Fargo to Miami, and all points in between, Bob keeps a busy schedule.
Sometimes biting, sometimes endearing, but always in charge, Bob Phillips isn’t cynical. But he is a smart aleck with a quick wit. His show isn’t dirty, but it can be occasionally naughty, concentrating more on clever rather than crass. He calls his show “a pageant of the bizarre.”
You will call it hilarious.