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Des Bishop

Des BishopDes Bishop – as a native New Yorker, Des moved from Queens to Ireland in his mid-teens in 1990. He has since carved out a highly successful career in stand up comedy in Ireland as well as having had three acclaimed television series on RTE, Ireland – The Des Bishop Work Experience (2004), Joy in the Hood (2006) and most recently, the award winning six episode comedy documentary series In the Name of the Fada (2008).

In 2011, RTE broadcast a critically acclaimed documentary made with his terminally ill father, My Dad Was Nearly James Bond. The openness and honesty of his presenting style combined with his restless imagination and insightful comic observations make Des  a “must-see” for fans of unique, inquiring and entertaining comedy.

Undoubtedly one of the most enigmatic forces on the international comedy circuit Des continues to travel the world with his stand-up shows. His most recent, My Dad Was Nearly James Bond, received its premiere at the 2010 Melbourne International Comedy Festival winning rave reviews and playing to packed audiences. Des has gone on to perform this confronting and personal show at the Montreal Just for Laughs, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and on a national tour of Ireland and the UK.

Des Bishop has released four stand-up DVDs including Des Bishop Live on DVD (2005), Tongues (2008) and Desfunctional (2009), which all secured top ten positions. Organiser and resident MC of the International Comedy Club in Dublin, Des has also written two stage plays in collaboration with Arthur Riordan. His first book, a family memoir, will be published by Penguin in October 2011.

Quotes about Des Bishop:

Charismatic, sincere, eloquent and always seeking the angle’ – Chortle

Funny, erudite and effortlessly delivered’ – The Scotsman, UK

Edgy material snappy never sappy Bishop has judged this one beautifully’ – The Age, Melbourne

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