Bobby Collins has toured with Frank Sinatra and Dolly Parton, has appeared on all three “Tonight Show”s, earned a Grammy nomination, written a best-selling book and performed at the White House, but coming to Myrtle Beach is a highlight of the comedian’s year.
Collins will perform June 21-23 at the Comedy Cabana, with two shows on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. and an 8 p.m. show on Sunday. Doors open at 6 p.m. nightly with full service food and beverage available at the bar and in the showroom.
Collins has been playing the Grand Strand club for more than 20 years.
“I think I’ve been coming down there since it’s been open,” he said in a phone interview with Waccamaw Publishers. “I love the beach. It’s like God rubbing my shoulders. It’s just easy.”
Collins is a family-friendly comedian and his show touches on “everything from family to what’s happening in the country,” he said.
“We’re sharing the planet with a lot of different people now,” he said. “Maybe through laughter, we can make some healing and open up some eyes. That’s the power of a good comic.”
When it comes to politics, Collins doesn’t take either side.
“I’m a New Yorker,” he joked, “We don’t believe in government.”
Growing up, Collins enjoyed watching The Ed Sullivan Show and Red Skelton with his family.
“My parents were hard working. My mother was a waitress. My father was an auditor,” he said. “I remember watching them laugh, and I thought, ‘I could do this.’”
As a kid, he would use his humor and personality to help diffuse situations and make others more comfortable. He remembers an assignment where he had to write down three things he wanted to be when he grew up.
“I wrote down airline pilot, men’s shirt designer and comedian,” Collins said. “I even asked the teacher how to spell ‘comedian.’”
He later found out that his father named him after legend Bob Hope.
“It’s been a wonderful journey,” Collins said. “My parents are very proud I went into this field.”
Collins has released six comedy CDs and appears regularly at clubs and theaters across the country.
Collins lives in California with his wife and two daughters.
Tickets for these special event shows are available via phone at 843-449-HAHA (4242) or online at www.comedycabana.com.
Comedy Cabana is at 9588 N. Kings Hwy. in Myrtle Beach. Check the club's website for the latest news on upcoming acts.