The show must go on for Des Bishop

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

THE UNIVERSITY Concert Hall has confirmed that comedian Des Bishop’s show “My Dad Was Nearly James Bond” will go ahead as scheduled in the venue this Friday despite the untimely death of the Irish American comic’s father.

THE UNIVERSITY Concert Hall has confirmed that comedian Des Bishop’s show “My Dad Was Nearly James Bond” will go ahead as scheduled in the venue this Friday despite the untimely death of the Irish American comic’s father.

Bishop - hugely popular in Limerick - postponed his Irish tour and flew to America last week in order to be with his dying father Michael, who is the subject of the deeply personal stand-up show, which has been acclaimed internationally and was the subject of a recent RTE documentary.

The comedian’s father died on Friday after a battle with lung cancer, but Bishop stated, however, that “the show must go on and I’m committed to finishing the tour as is my Dad’s wish”.

A spokesperson for the UCH confirmed this Tuesday that “we were notified by Des’ agent that his show in UCH would be going ahead”.

A former model and actor who appeared in classic films Zulu and Day of the Triffids and just lost out to George Lazenby for the role of James Bond, Michael Bishop was the inspiration and subject of the intensely personal show that Bishop has performed to critical acclaim. After time out touring Australia, Canada and the US, Des Bishop returned to Ireland with the show, which was also greeted with acclaim at the Edinburgh festival.

Inspired by his father’s illness, the impact it had on his family and their sense of humour in dealing with it, the show is as near the knuckle hilarious as it is life affirming, but it is both captivating and thought provoking and sees him championing “the real heroics of fatherhood”.

Bishop said this week that his father had “lived an amazing life”.

“To our family he is the greatest man that ever lived and to all his new fans he is a legend,” said Des. “He was happy to have his big break right at the end,” added the comic.

A regular visitor to the UCH and to Limerick over the last few years, Bishop is a comedian renowned for his thought provoking shows, which most recently saw him move to Connemara and learn to speak Irish, while he also memorably filmed a documentary series called ‘Joy in the Hood’ in Southill in Limerick several years ago.

A spokesperson for UCH said that a small number of tickets remained on sale this Tuesday for the show, which is expected to be a complete sell-out and takes place on Friday, February 18. For more see www.uch.ie.