Now a massive star in Ireland, native New Yorker Des Bishop moved from Queens to Ireland in 1990. He first came to prominence with his extraordinary TV series The Des Bishop Work Experience (2004), mixing this documentary footage with stand-up, the series became one of the most talked-about of the year and propelled Des into national stardom. In 2006, he embarked on his second critically acclaimed TV series, Joy In The Hood, where he taught stand-up comedy in disadvantaged areas in four major Irish cities. Another hugely successful live tour followed including invitations to the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and the Melbourne Comedy Festival in Australia.
In 2007 Des embarked on an ambitious challenge and decided to learn Irish from scratch and perform a 60-minute stand-up comedy routine in the Irish language. Then in March 2008, the first episode of In The Name Of The Fada was aired and has prompted a radical re-think about how to teach Irish in schools. In The Name Of The Fada unsurprisingly won the Irish Film and Television Award (IFTA) for Best Television Series later that year.
In 2010, Des put together his most personal show to date called My Dad Was Nearly James Bond. Inspired by his father, Mike who was diagnosed with terminal cancer; Des documented the remarkable life of an actor and model who gave up the glamour for a steady job in a department store when his three sons were born. Des also wrote a memoir by the same name, which was short-listed for an Irish Book Of The Year Award. The My Dad Was Nearly James Bond Live Show previewed in Melbourne, before opening at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to widespread acclaim and five-star reviews. The show toured extensively both nationally and internationally in 2010 and 2011.
Des ventured to Beijing, China in 2013 to learn Mandarin. He is now fluent and the show, Breaking China, was another major hit for broadcaster RTE in 2014. He also made a half hour radio documentary about the rise of Stand Up in China for the BBC World Service called “Stand up for China”. His live show again opened at the Edinburgh Festival where he played to over 5,000 people.
Des has appeared on many live stand-up shows including Edinburgh Comedy Festival Live (BBC), Live at the Comedy Store (Comedy Central) and Australian music themed quiz show Spicks and Specks (ABC). He was also the star of HBO’s “A Comic’s Climb” about his debut at the Aspen Comedy festival in 2005.
He made a sharp cameo appearance in Jim Sheridan’s movie In America and he has co-written two successful stage plays: Rap Eire and Shooting Gallery, the latter being commissioned as a drama adaptation by RTE / Grand Pictures for broadcast in 2016. In total, Des has released six bestselling stand-up DVDs: Des Bishop Live at Vicar Street (2004); Des Bishop Live (2005); Des Bishop – Fitting In (2006); Des Bishop – Tongues (2007); Desfunctional (2009); and Made in China (2015).
In 2016 Des launched the Des Bishop Podcast where he talks to Comics, Politicians, Artists and whoever he finds interesting about life on both sides of the Atlantic. Most recently, Des appeared on Ireland’s Dancing with the Stars in 2017.
The openness and honesty of Des’ presenting style combined with his restless imagination and perceptive comic observations make Des Bishop a must-see for fans of unique, insightful and provocative comedy.