Des Bishop

Des Bishop

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 RTÉ 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.

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Des Bishop to appear on Ireland's Strictly Come Dancing

'Judge me if you want... I love it'

Des Bishop is to appear on Ireland's version of Strictly Come Dancing.

The stand-up has confirmed speculation that he would be competing in the debut series of Dancing With The Stars on his latest podcast.

'If you see any rumours about it, they are true' he said. 'I was going to wait till a little bit later to say it but I'm doing it.

'Judge me if you want because I don't care, because I've already started dancing and I love it … I couldn't be more into it and I can't wait to start.'

This morning it was revealed that former Westlife singer and Strictly contestant Nicky Byrne and television presenter Amanda Byram are to host Dancing With The Stars when it begins airing on January 8 on RTE One.

RTE reporter Teresa Mannion, model Thalia Heffernan, hurling player Aidan O'Mahony and Irish Big Brother star Hughie Maughan are among other celebrities rumoured to be taking part in the show.

A source on the programme had earlier told the Irish Independent that the programme would be time-consuming.

'It doesn't start until January 8 but they have to start learning the routines now, in addition to the publicity they'll have to be doing as part of their contracts.

'The show will run from January until March, so it's essentially three months long if you stay in it until the end. It was tricky to get the line-up right as they needed people who were well-known but had a significant gap in their schedule.’

Bishop signed off his podcast interview with fellow comic Joanna McNally by saying that his 2017 was going to be busy.

Last night also saw the opening episode of his irreverent current affairs show, This Is Ireland, on RTE 2, which he's described as a 'rip-off' of John Oliver's Last Week Tonight, albeit with a much smaller writing team.

Andrew Maxwell featured on the show talking about the Irish civil service and Blindboy Boatclub of the Rubberbandits appeared as a reporter. Other comics lined up to appear in future episodes of the four-part mini-series include Dermot Whelan.

Before the show went out, Bishop posted on Instagram: 'Last night's taping was great. I think I have found my calling.#thisisireland #drainthebog'

- by Jay Richardson 

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Published: 6 Dec 2016

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Past Shows

Adelaide Fringe 2007

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 2012

Des Bishop Likes To Bang

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

Des Bishop: Made in China

Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Des Bishop: Grey Matters


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