John Bishop

John Bishop

Date of birth: 30-11-1966
John Bishop performed stand-up comedy for the first time in October 2000, and the following year made it to the final of all the major new act competitions, including So You Think You're Funny, the Daily Telegraph Open Mic Awards, the BBC New Comedy Awards and the City Life North West Comedian of The Year Award, which he won.

In 2002, he was named best newcomer by BBC Radio Merseyside, and in 2004 he won the North West Comedy Award for best stand-up. And in 2009, he was nominated for the Ediburgh Comedy Award

His material is drawn from his life's experiences, from fatherhood to cycling around the world, to playing semi- professional football, to working as a nightclub doorman.

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John Bishop writes a new book

How To Grow Old out this Christmas

John Bishop has written his second book, entitled How To Grow Old.

The book – to be published by Ebury in time for Christmas – is a follow-up to his 2013 memoirs How Did All This Happen? 

It is described as ‘a very funny handbook on how to face the ravages of time for all the fans who have grown older alongside John.. From how to stay fit and keep a social life, to how to not become an embarrassment, it’s John with all the warm, observational wit that remains at the heart of his comedy, but with a refreshing honesty any reader will relate to’

The comic, whose last tour Winging It played to more than 500,000 people,  said: ‘It’s for anyone starting to feel the pull of time, so hopefully anyone from their 30s up will find something to relate to and laugh at. 

‘If not, you are pretending to still be 25, wearing the wrong clothes and dyeing your hair… so this book isn’t really for you!’

Ebury publisher Andrew Goodfellow – who bought the world rights to the book from Bishop’s agent, Lisa Thomas – said: ‘We are very excited to have John join Ebury and I think this is going to be a lot of fun. John’s comedy, which never strays far from his own life, is perfect for the page and as he heads boldly into his 50s he’s got plenty to report back on what he has found.’

How To Grow Old will be published on October 17, priced £20. Click here to order.

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Published: 9 May 2019

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