John Bishop

A correction and apology

On January 13, 2013, Chortle published an article entitled: ‘It’s OK to steal a gag... but not too many, John Bishop tells one comedy hopeful.’ 

The article was based on an interview with Mr Bishop that was published elsewhere. Having heard a recording of that interview, we now accept that Mr Bishop had been misquoted. 

We therefore accept that Mr Bishop does not advocate or condone the stealing of material from other comedians and that he has never done so. As such, he did not advise a young stand-up it was permissible to steal material from other comedians. 

We apologise to Mr Bishop for any embarrassment the article may have caused, and we have made a donation to Comic Relief in settlement of this matter at his request.

Published: 25 Jan 2013

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