Bobby Collins (comedian)
|Birth name||Robert Edward Collins|
September 21, 1951 |
New York, New York,
|Medium||Stand-up, film, television|
|Years active||1980 to present|
|Influences||Red Skelton, Redd Foxx, Richard Pryor, Alan King|
Bobby Collins is an American stand-up comedian and film actor and has released six comedy albums: I'm on the Boat, Women and Children First, On the Inside, I Wanna Go Home, You’re Not Coming With Us, Mr. New York and Out of Bounds.
He has opened for such showbiz stars as Frank Sinatra, Cher, Julio Iglesias, Tony Bennett and Dolly Parton and was Rosie O'Donnell's predecessor in hosting “VH-1’s Standup Spotlight.” He has also appeared in numerous television shows and movies, and is regularly featured on XM Satellite Radio.
Collins was nominated for a CableACE Award as well as for the American Comedy Awards 1997 “Stand-up Comic of the Year.” His second CD, “Out of Bounds,” was submitted for Grammy consideration. Described as a “perfect fusion of Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis” by the New York Post, Collins is known for his live stage performances, cable TV specials, numerous talk show appearances, feature film roles and comedy CDs.
In April 2008, he release his DVD, “Bobby Collins: Live From New York City,"
A native of New York, he was raised in Glen Oaks, Queens. He is the son of George and Margaret Collins and has two older brothers and one older sister. Collins attended New Hyde Park Memorial High School in Long Island and then went on to pursue a degree in history from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Collins taught high school in Buffalo as a substitute teacher for one year, then worked in the Garment District in New York City first at Wayne Rogers and then at Calvin Klein while pursuing a career at night in comedy. He first worked at Catch a Rising Star Comedy Club on the Upper East Side of New York City and then went on to performing all over the city and in New Jersey. He now lives in Santa Monica, California and he often uses the cultural tension between his two homes in his routines. Collins was named after his father's favorite comedian, Bob Hope.
He appears in over 200 live stand-up performances around the nation each year.
Film & TV
Collins has appeared in several TV shows and movies including the 2010 film “I am Comic.”
- O'Connor, Keith (2011-01-26). "Comedian Bobby Collins finds jokes in daily life". MassLive.com.
- "VH-1’s Standup Spotlight". 1998.
- Wenzel, John (2010-02-26). "Comedian Bobby Collins keeps his quips fresh". Denver Post.
- "Comedian Bobby Collins Second Show Added". 2011-02-18.
- "I Am Comic". 2010.