Husband and wife win Best Variety Act at the 2018 Canadian Comedy Awards
Toronto, June 7 2018
Bob and Jane Cates of Cambridge Ontario have been named Best Variety Act in Canada by the top comedy organization in the country. The Canadian Comedy Awards which presents awards in many categories including Best Stand up Comedian, Best Improviser, and Best Television Performance awarded the “Comedy in Motion” show top honours for their clean, funny and mind blowing variety show.
The husband and wife duo perform their show at corporate dinners, banquets and gala special events, as well as headline on cruise ships. In addition, since their show is squeaky clean, they perform many shows (and often speak) at churches, ministries, and family events.
As a former Canadian Juggling Champion, Bob doesn’t just tickle the audience’s funny bone as he jokes all the way through the show. He makes sure they see some seriously amazing tricks as well. Parts of their show include 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. The Comedy in Motion show is like a cross between Jerry Seinfeld and Cirque du Soliel, and involves a great deal of physical skill which has taken years to hone. They are one of the few acts left in North America performing authentic plate spinning – their 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.
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. This recognition has pushed their corporate bookings to an all time high with shows at banquets, galas and conventions with audience sizes ranging from 250 to 1000 people. Bob was also twice named “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.
Bob has been performing full time since 1995 and his wife joined the show and business 11 years ago when they got married. They first met when Jane hired Bob for a special event. “I wasn’t trying to buy a boyfriend!” said Jane. “We didn’t actually get together until 4 years later when we
connected online.” Bob jokes in the show about marrying in their 30s “after a long search, all across… the internet!” Although Bob’s name is on the trophy, “It’s very much a team act and we are proud to be recognized in this way by the Canadian Comedy Awards,” said Bob. When Bob was headlining on a cruise ship in 2007, he flew Jane to the Caribbean, and proposed to her on a secluded beach on Holland America’s private island. “You couldn’t ask for a better proposal” said Jane. Bob and Jane have a fun loving 8 year old boy, who has already retired from show business.
While many of their shows are for private events, you can catch them June 16 in Cambridge at Take a Ride for MacKids event, http://www.takearide.ca/index.php hosted by Reids Heritage Homes in support of McMaster Children’s Hospital and the Caring for Little Kidneys campaign. They will also be performing for the City of Grande Prairie Alberta’s Canada Day events, as well as every Tuesday night in Muskoka this summer at Bayview Wildwood Resort https://www.bayviewwildwood.com/