It was here that Bishop honed his act. Bishop first reached a TV audience in early 2000, after appearing on Don't Feed the Gondolas, a news based topical TV show. He later had to pull out of this show due to personal reasons. Around this time, Bishop was diagnosed with testicular cancer - rather than shy away from this subject, Des went on to turn his experiences into comedy material. Bishop created a "hip-hopera" called "RAP ÉIRE" along with Arthur Riordan. "Rap Éire" was a satire following the story of an ambitious American who finds himself mixed up with a group of political types during the throes of early Celtic Tiger fervour.
The show had two runs - firstly in the Project Arts centre in February 2001 and afterwards in the Andrews Lane Theatre the following summer. Bishop performed every night of the first run while receiving radiotherapy for Testicular Cancer. In fact the original premier date for the play at the Dublin Fringe Festival 2000 was cancelled as a result of the original diagnosis. Bishop and Riordan also co-wrote "Shooting Gallery", their second collaboration which had a short run in Dublin in 2005. Bishop also appeared in the 2002 film, In America, in which he played a high stockbroker rapping in the back of a NYC taxi cab. Des' brother Aidan is now a working comedian in Ireland.
Both are involved in running the International Comedy Club. Des's new TV show, In the Name of the Fada premiered in 2008. It deals with Des trying to learn Irish to a standard sufficient to perfom an entire standup act through the language. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
show me more