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Thu, Apr. 20th, 2006, 09:38 am

Of the many things we have to thank America for (endless controversy and "discussion" about illegal wars, renditions and troops passing through our supposedly neutral airspace, Garth Brooks and Roseanne Barr) one that deserves a metaphysical punch in the arm is Des Bishop - a comedian too crap to make it in the US. He came here a few years back and through sheer novelty power managed to get on TV to make our home grown comedians look better by comparison.
Still milking the teat of his fame from a TV show which exposed the shocking truth that people on low wages aren't paid very much he was on the radio yesterday morning talking to someone with genuine talent (Ray D'arcy) when he made a joke about Derek Mooney being gay. Ray's attempts at "covering" for this "gaffe" involved saying "Well, before Des outs anyone else, lets move along".

Now, I have some questions
1) Why are people still talking to Des Bishop?
2) I was a comedian for about two weeks a few years ago as well, and people *laughed* at my jokes. When do I get my radio interview with Ray D'arcy?
3) Who *didn't* know Derek Mooney was as gay as a pink christmas in assless pants?
4) Given that his sole talent is acting camp, being adorable to the over eighties and leaping around the stage like a massive stereotype, will this revelation damage his career?

Yahoo might be evil and be involved in shopping chinese dissidents to the chinese department for fingernail removal as reported by... yahoo.

Thu, Apr. 20th, 2006 09:45 am (UTC)

Akshully, what is the story with your comedy career? Any chance of a comeback?

Thu, Apr. 20th, 2006 09:50 am (UTC)

*Highly* unlikely, though I do consider it every once in a while, and I'm old enough now that I wouldn't be spazzing out with panic... there I go again...

Thu, Apr. 20th, 2006 09:56 am (UTC)

You should do a gig at the summer BBQ! Amongst friends etc. Have never seen you do comedy (intentionally! ;-) )

Thu, Apr. 20th, 2006 09:45 am (UTC)

Ah, thanks for clearing that up...Ian Dempsey made a remark about who Ray D'Arcy would be outing today and I didn't catch the reference. Des Bishop briefly held my interest with his "Joy in the Hood" series, until the Derry show, when it became apparent just to what extent he doesn't get sectarianism.

Thu, Apr. 20th, 2006 09:50 am (UTC)

Its a complex story, important enough to occupy the front page of several newspapers (tabloids admittedly) and one that is reported so badly that it took me several reads to get what they were trying to say (of course the crushingly trivial nature made it harder to pay attention).

Bishop... he's done some good stuff, but other folks have done it better, earlier and usually with a bit more focus on the problem rather than stopping the coverage every few minutes to splice in some clips from his stage act in the wildly egotistical belief that people who want to learn how the other half lives are interested in seeing his "comedy".

Sat, Apr. 22nd, 2006 12:25 am (UTC)

Well, I didn't see any of Des Bishop's TV shows, but I did see him in Vicar St just before Joy in the Hood aired on TV. Most of his show was based on material used in the TV show, and it was genuinely lol-funny.

I suppose it lost its effect when shown on TV in the same way that most stand-up comics do. Something to do with the medium of delivery, but I suspect the lack of emphatic swearing is a contributor too.

Oh, btw, there's a party in your house tomorrow :)

Thu, Apr. 20th, 2006 09:23 pm (UTC)

I didn't know or even think he was gay. Mind you, I'd never really given it any thought :)

Thu, Apr. 20th, 2006 11:55 pm (UTC)

Nevvererdovim, but look at that picture! Someone making that much effort to look gay can't really mind someone else assuming they're gay.. can they?