By: Stephen Chrisanthus Special to the Delray Newspaper
I recently sat down with famous funnyman and friend Bobby Collins to discuss performing in South Florida, and why he’s always in Delray Beach.
About how many shows do you do a year? What keeps you going so strong after all these years?
About 200 shows. Because I love what I do and when you love what you do you keep at it.
Many aspiring comedians never make it. You have been successful for a number of years, when did you realize you had made it?
I always viewed myself as successful. It is about the journey not the destination for me. Along the way I have performed at the White House, was nominated for a Grammy, wrote a book and was on every late night talk show.
Who are some of the most memorable people you have performed with, or opened for?
I toured with Julio Iglesias and he taught me a lot. When I did 88 cities with Cher I learned professionalism. Sinatra and Dolly Parton were influential. I started as a poor kid from New York, I had to learn to think bigger, and it was a struggle.
So you perform all over, what keeps you coming back to South Florida?
Oh, I like Florida. It’s like coming back to a bubble. I know these people, my guard goes down.
Do you tailor your routine differently to people in this area as opposed to other cities in the US?
Yes, I can talk about what’s going on everywhere. It lightens my load, and as a comedian that means a lot.
You are in Delray Beach a lot, what brings you here so frequently?
I’m most comfortable in Delray, there are a lot of great cities but it stands out. I have a lot of close friends here like Mark Walsh from Ocean Properties. We laugh a lot, play basketball…it’s like hanging with the guys at home. The job becomes secondary.
What do you like to do when you are in Delray Beach?
Love walking through town with all the great shops and restaurants. Wow how it’s grown into a serious destination! I have even learned how to use Linton to beat the traffic on Atlantic.
Do you have any advice for young comedians?
Your vulnerability is your strength. Think how you feel about things. When President Trump asked me if I voted for him, I said I would have rather voted for El Chapo.
What is something people might not know about you?
I am blessed with a special needs child. When God gives you an angel with a clipped wing; what an honor.