Liverpool has long had a tradition of dry humour, not least from their unique comedians. Ken Dodd, Jimmy Tarbuck and Tom O'Connor all caused hernias and dicky hips on national TV screens in the 70s with their self-effacing delivery and laid-back nature. Since then, apart from Lily Savage, it's been a bit quiet of late. Cue John Bishop. If you haven't seen him before then you really should and now, with more dates just added to his 2010 trip around the UK, you have little excuse not to go.
After appearances on Michael Macintyre's Roadshow, Bishop has quietly and gently honed his craft over the part few years with minimal TV and maximum gigging. He comes from a long line of the more traditional stand-up comedians from Liverpool who can tell a tale and talk the talk. He also remembers the time 'when his Dad thought that a trip to the tip was a day-out' and that 'he's from Liverpool, his wife is from Manchester and therefore, the kids are mixed race'. Very little swearing and plenty of sharp humour - that's true comedy.
John is already playing oodles of dates from Feb 3rd (Cheltenham Town Hall) until a home-coming gig on May 6th (Liverpool Echo Arena) and there are still some tickets around at £20. A further 2 months worth of dates have now been added including a few re-visits to sold out venues. This next wave of dates (also costing £20) starts in Reading (The Hexagon) on October 16th and continues to loads of towns and cities including Southend (Cliffs Pavillion - Oct 23rd), Coventry (Warwick Arts - Oct 29th), Blackburn (King George's Hall - Nov 13th), Birmingham (Symphony Hall - Dec 1st) before ending up in Sheffield at the City Hall on Dec 7th.