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Comedian Bobby Davro forced to seek emergency loan as Covid ravages live entertainment


Bobby Davro has revealed he’s had to make tough decisions as the pandemic takes its toll on live entertainment

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Comedian Bobby Davro has shared deep concerns for live entertainment – after the effects of the pandemic hit home.

Comedians, musicians, actors and other creatives have expressed concerns since Covid plunged the UK into the first lockdown in March.

And comedian Bobby is no different, revealing his income has been hit so hard he has been forced to apply for a rebound loan.

He told the Daily Star: “There is no work. I only did four concerts last year. I can’t earn anything. I haven’t been able to earn any money for a year. It’s appalling.

“I had to take out a bounce loan to keep my head above water. But I have to pay it back and how am I going to pay it back if I can’t make a living?”

Bobby told how the pandemic hit his work schedule


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Bobby added: “People think if you’re a celebrity and you’re famous you’ve got millions of pounds and you can survive. They think, ‘You’re fine, you’ve got so much money’.

“Well, it’s not. It’s not at all.”

And he said not being able to perform on stage had taken a toll on his mental health – lamenting that he had ‘lost the thing I love’.

“It’s depressing to have that taken away from you,” he shared.

Normally smiley Bobby had a hard time last year


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Despite misfortune and sadness, Bobby realizes he is in the same boat as countless others in entertainment and hospitality – calling on the government to do more.

Last year, the government pushed those most affected to retrain in fields that would give them more stable work.

The campaign sparked widespread anger and derision in the entertainment and hospitality industries.

Bobby scorned government efforts to ‘retrain’ for other jobs


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And Bobby is no different, insisting, “That’s all I know. They say we can retrain. What an insult when I’ve been doing this for 45 years. Retraining for what? That’s all that I know.

“I’m 62. I should think about retiring, not starting over. I found that rather insulting.”

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