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Des Bishop was born in New York, but raised in County Wexford, and forged his stand-up career in Ireland, running the International Comedy Club in Dublin for several years. His first Edinburgh show was Comic Warfare, in 2002, which received a Tap Water award, the anti-corporate answer to the Perrier.
He landed his first TV series, The Des Bishop Work Experience, on RT… Two in 2004, which saw him trying to survive doing minimum-wage jobs. Another RTE show, Joy In The Hood, saw him teaching stand-up to people in impoverished areas of Ireland's major cities.
In 2008, he took on the Irish language, with the TV series In the Name Of The Fada charting his attempts to pick up enough to perform an entire stand-up act in the language.
Bishop also appeared in the 2002 film, In America, in which he played a high stockbroker rapping in the back of a NYC taxi cab.
He was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2000, and had one of his testicles removed - but turned the experience to his advantage, and created a stand-up show about it.
Des Bishop: My Dad Was Nearly James Bond
In recent years thereís been a fashion for misery memoirs about impoverished childhood blighted by neglect, abuse and absentee parents. This joyful show is the polar opposite of all that and will make your spirit soar as you laugh your socks off and feel your heart squeezed.
This is a show about family, growing up and dealing with lifeís big moments; it packs an emotional punch †and yet will keep you rocking with laughter.
Des Bishopís †film-star looks come straight from dad, Mike, who could not have made a worse job of †James Bond than George Lazenby did, but †was denied the opportunity. A successful model and small-time actor, he invested in his familyís future rather than his own ego by abandoning †his acting dream, swapping the precariousness of movies for the security of retail. And the three Bishop sons behaved like any other family group, moving from †hero worship to mockery once their hormones began to fizz. †Much of the humour comes not only from the family stories but the astute observations of national personality traits.
We are treated to a race through Mike Bishopís life, excellently illustrated with photos and film clips and illuminated by Desís affectionate but not over-respectful commentary. The laughs are paused, but not halted, by the news of that Bishop Snr was diagnosed with terminal cancer back in November. And this is where Des Bishopís emotional intelligence and humanity take the story from the specific tale of his dadís life to the universal problem of how we behave when we confront the reality of our parentsí mortality.
Itís a club which we all join eventually, but itís also an experience which is rarely talked about before itís too late. †This show confronts that annihilating pain without sentimentality or histrionics and left this audience whooping and cheering in celebration of the guy who was never James Bond.
Des Bishopís control of the room is outstanding, he radiates warmth and energy but is never needy or puppyish, this a mature, controlled, humane and above all dazzlingly funny show.
|Date of live review: Monday 16th Aug, '10|
Review by Julia Chamberlain
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Sunday 8th Apr, '12- Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Friday 23rd Jul, '10- Dublin Iveagh Gardens
Friday 4th Jun, '10- Kilkenny KK Ormonde
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Des Bishop: Fitting In
Edinburgh Fringe 2002
Des Bishop's Comical Warfare
Edinburgh Fringe 2003
Des Bishop's Wage Slave
Edinburgh Fringe 2008
Des Bishop: Tongues
Edinburgh Fringe 2009
Des Bishop: Desfunctional
Edinburgh Fringe 2010
Chortle Presents Fast Fringe [Edinburgh 2010]
Des Bishop: My Dad Was Nearly James Bond
Edinburgh Fringe 2011
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Edinburgh Fringe 2012
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