Standing-up for the best of British fun

It took John Bishop well over a decade of hard graft to become an overnight success. But now the man who was to 2010 what Michael McIntyre was to 2009, truly has the platform he deserves.

The Scouse stand-up gets another chance to share his views on the world, in the second run of his entertainment show.

“The idea behind it is that if you walk into a pub, these are the kinds of topics people would talk about,” says John. “It’s the stuff that makes us who we are.”

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The jam-packed, feel-good show has once again been filmed in front of a live audience in Manchester and presents viewers with a mix of stand-up and real life stories from celebrities and members of the Great British public. John will again perform a stand-up set based on universal themes, this time including topics such as food, music and fashion, friends and pets.

John said: “I am thrilled that BBC One have agreed to a second series and just hope that everyone enjoys it as much as the first one.”

The one-time Radio City Liverpool DJ is delighted by the opportunity to entertain a prime-time audience.

“It’s a great honour that the BBC has put faith in me for this [series] and it’s an opportunity that I am extremely excited about. There is a rumour that having a Scouser on BBC One means they get a grant. But I’m sure that’s not the reason they’re doing the show... is it?”

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Bishop has also appeared on BBC One’s Have I Got News for You?, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow.

Despite being a fan of both BBC One’s Outnumbered and Gavin & Stacey, the comic admits to watching little comedy and preferring live interaction with an audience. And he says that dealing with hecklers is part of the job.

“Hecklers just want to join in. They’re not there to ruin the show because they’re part of it. You’ve just got to manage them. Once, I was doing a gig in Leeds and only a few people turned up and I had a heckler and I put him down so much that he got up to go. But I said to him: ‘Look, you can’t go. There are only 17 people here!’”

Bishop hopes that his new show will keep audiences glued to their seats.

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