The combination of John Bishop’s ability to keep the laughs coming along with his unique brand of observational humour, his undeniable charm and unrivalled gift of creating a relaxed atmosphere mean that the feel good factor of spending an evening in his company is absolutely priceless.
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.
"Bishop has funny bones" - The Times
"Frankly hilarious" - The Telegraph
“A gloriously gifted storyteller” - Evening Standard
UK : £15k to £30k
Europe : £30k to £50k
US : £30k to £50k
Asia/Middle East : £30k to £50k
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. In 2009, he appeared as the first act on Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow in Manchester. That year he appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where his show Elvis Has Left the Building was nominated for an "Eddie" (Edinburgh Comedy Award). In 2009 he appeared in Channel 4's short series Comedy Showcase, and was a contestant on Celebrity Mastermind. He has appeared five times on 5 Live's Fighting Talk quiz show, claiming four victories on the programme.
His material is drawn from his life's experiences, including fatherhood; cycling around the world; playing semi-professional football; and working as a nightclub doorman.
His first television appearance was on the Channel 4 panel show 8 out of 10 Cats before he appeared on the BBC's Live at the Apollo which has, arguably, rendered him as more of a noticeable comedian. In December 2009 John started his own TV programme on LFC TV called John Bishop meets, where he interviews former Liverpool football legends. In 2010 he was a celebrity guest team captain on What Do Kids Know? along with Rufus Hound, Joe Swash and Sara Cox on Watch. He has also appeared on BBC's Mock the Week, and Radio 4's Act Your Age. Bishop is currently a regular paneling on the Sky1 show, A League of Their Own, as well as a stand-up/sketch show for BBC One entitled John Bishop's Britain. In 2010, Bishop took part in Channel 4's Comedy Gala, a benefit show held in aid of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, filmed live at the O2 Arena in London on 30 March.
Prior to his career in comedy, Bishop played semi-professional football for clubs including Southport and Hyde United. The former midfielder once won the Liverpool Senior Cup with Southport in 1991, seeing off a Liverpool side containing Jamie Redknapp in the final at Goodison Park. In total, Bishop appeared for Hyde 41 times, scoring 7 goals between November 1988 and February 1990, helping them to 2nd in the Northern Premier League, which at the time was 1 league below the Football Conference, and for Southport 35 times and scored 7 goals between March 1990 and April 1991. Bishop turned out as a substitute for the Liverpool Legends in the Hillsborough Memorial Game at Anfield on 14 May 2009 "
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