Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 12 July 2014

Ex-footballer scores with observational wit

Comedian John Bishop is no stranger to these shores. The Liverpudlian has become something of a regular on the local comedy circuit as fans of BBC Northern Ireland's Blame Game will know.

Stand up comedy might seem like an odd choice for a former professional footballer but Bishop has taken to it like a duck to water.

Appearing in the salubrious surroundings of the Spiegeltent in Custom House Square last night Bishop was in his element. Having played to local audiences so often Bishop is very comfortable here and has come to understand our sense of humour.

Bishop has a natural, easy-going style. An evening with him is like an evening at the pub with your funniest friend. His observational style picks out the foibles of family life, football fans and discussing the birds and the bees with your children.

The venue might not be the best place for a comedy gig but the atmosphere was lively and the venue packed.

Bishop might not have had everyone laughing all of the time, but everyone enjoyed the evening at some point — a very good night out.

Kerry McKittrick

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