Native New Yorker, Des Bishop moved from Queens to Ireland in his mid-teens in 1990 and has since carved out a highly successful career and is one of the most in-demand comics on Irish television. He is well known for his humorous and insightful entertainment documentaries made for the Irish broadcaster RTÉ The Des Bishop Work Experience (2004), Joy in the Hood (2006), the award winning In the Name of the Fada (2008) and most recently the acclaimed six-part series Des Bishop: Breaking China. For this series he spent over a year in China learning Mandarin in order to perform stand-up comedy to Chinese audiences. His live stand up show Made In China based on his experiences there, had a sell-out run at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival and London’s Soho Theatre.
In 2011, RTE broadcast a critically acclaimed documentary made with his terminally ill father, My Dad Was Nearly James Bond, which he also published as a book by Penguin Ireland. He has released four stand up DVDs, which all secured top ten positions in the charts. He is the organiser and resident MC of the International Comedy Club in Dublin and he has also written two stage plays in collaboration with Arthur Riordan.
2016 saw Des take his brand-new stand- up show Grey Matters to the Edinburgh Fringe. He also appeared on RTE Two with Des Bishop’s Election, a satirical look at the Irish General Election, from earlier in 2016. Most recently he starred in RTE One’s Dancing With The Stars.
‘Funny, erudite and effortlessly delivered.... hilariously funny’
‘One of the finest performers at this years festival. Fast paced and clever. A sure-fire winner’
The Sunday Age
‘Witty and relatable... a guaranteed laugh for almost any age’
Arts Award Voice
‘Searingly funny... first rate comedy that is well worth seeing’
Ed Fest Magazine
‘An ace writer and superb improviser’
‘Brilliant and very funny - and an hour in the company of Des Bishop passes all too quickly’