The Liverpudlian stand-up has returned after three-years' absence from the stage with a brand-new tour, says James Higgins
His style is as inimitable as his voice – the deadpan-toned Scouser is back on his next UK tour. Having taken a three-year break from UK touring, his tour commenced at the tail-end of last year and has resumed, criss-crossing the country. He is due to arrive at the Hippodrome on March 28–29.
The tour is entitled Winging It, and considering Bishop’s background – nothing about his comedy career appears to have been subtly planned or choreographed.
On announcing the tour, John said: ”When I start this new tour, it will be three years since my last live show, Supersonic, which is the longest break I’ve ever had. I’m very much looking forward to getting back on the road – there really is nothing like performing stand-up in front of a live audience. The new show is called Winging It, and in some respects, having come to comedy relatively late, it sometimes feels like that’s what I’m doing in life! But I’m enjoying every minute of it.”
Winging It is Bishop’s fifth tour – his last was watched by more than 500,000 people and received huge critical acclaim while his debut show, Elvis Has Left The Building in 2010, was nominated for an Edinburgh Comedy Award. Within three years of his first-ever comedy gig, John was playing to sold-out arena audiences across the country and released the fastest-selling stand-up DVD in UK history.
Bishop’s success is grounded upon his keen eye for the everyday and his totally unimpressed northern-persona. Bishop has turned recently to interviewing. On W Channel, Bishop has, in quiet contrast to his stage persona, sensitively interviewed a number of leading British figures – Jo Brand discusses ageing on TV, Rupert Everett discusses raids on gay bars, Jimmy Carr discusses tax evasion, and Jeremy Corbyn discusses the Iraq War – they prove a real breadth of ability from the popular stand-up.
When: March 28–29
Where: Bristol Hippodrome
How much: £40.15