All aboard Bob's BlundaBus for some comedy for kids
- Brian Donaldson
- 16 February 2017
Bob Slayer presents two special interative shows, ComedyOpoly and How 2 Drive a Bus, at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival
Promotor Bob Slayer is one of the true mavericks of Britain's comedy scene. He's been at the forefront of the 'Pay What You Want' movement at the Edinburgh Fringe, broke his neck during an ill-advised wheelie-bin crowdsurfing stunt, and appeared on Judge Rinder in the mysterious case of an unpaid debt. And last August, he received recognition from the Edinburgh Comedy Awards judges by receiving the Panel Prize for putting together Iraq Out & Loud, a month-long public reading of the entire Chilcot Report.
Now, his BlundaBus (a double decker that's also a pop-up comedy venue) will host two kids' events at this year's Glasgow International Comedy Festival: ComedyOpoly and How 2 Drive a Bus. The former is 'a very fun, irreverent show that is part chat show and all game show,' states Slayer. 'When I was working on converting the bus with some comedians, we would end long days of pulling out seats with a little game of Cluedo or Monopoly. The bus was parked in a yard which had a restaurant on another bus. We were having so much fun with the board games that our laughter attracted an audience and ComedyOpoly was born.'
Meanwhile, the How 2 Drive a Bus format evolved from kids simply having fun and playing. 'There are 30 kids interacting on a bus, taking it in turns to drive and tell their own jokes,' says Slayer. 'They ask questions of the genius giraffe and meet the hungry caterpillar.' As for the BlundaBus itself: 'it couldn't be called anything else, could it?'
ComedyOpoly, McPhabbs, Glasgow, Sat 11 & Sun 12 Mar; Riverside Museum, Glasgow, Sat 18 & Sun 19 Mar; How 2 Drive a Bus, Riverside Museum, Glasgow, Sat 18 & Sun 19 Mar