Bobby Davro

In the face of the traditional seaside weather of downpour and thunderstorm Bobby Davro brought cheer to the audience at Cromer's Pavilion Theatre, with his new show Not In Front Of The Children.

In the face of the traditional seaside weather of downpour and thunderstorm Bobby Davro brought cheer to the audience at Cromer's Pavilion Theatre, with his new show Not In Front Of The Children.

Bobby Davro is every inch the professional entertainer and he showed to an enthusiastic audience the variety of talents that have made him a household name. His comic material was indeed blue and politically incorrect. He made fun of everyone from asylum seekers to the handicapped, homosexuals and the aged who were a particular target of his humour. But he did it with an engaging grin that made you think it was all harmless. This is the humour that comes from going a bit too far and sometimes crossing the boundaries of taste — shocking but not unkind.

He also did stylish impersonations of singers as varied as Neil Diamond, Shirley Bassey, Cliff Richard, Madonna and Pavarotti. The Pavarotti sketch done with an enormous paunch and a ridiculous mask was a great favourite.

Richard Gauntlett started the evening with a splendid act involving juggling, a unicycle and plenty of audience participation.

Bobby Davro followed him with jokes that were bang up to date but also as old as music hall. When he got two game members of the audience up to help with a chorus of an Elvis number this was as traditional as pantomime.

If the jokes about bodily functions grew a bit repetitive, nevertheless the audience, who had been roundly taunted by Bobby Davro, loved every moment of his fast pace and energetic show.