Des Bishop bringing his Egorithm to Perth Comedy Festival


Des Bishop.
Des Bishop.

NEXT time you are in Cottesloe, soaking up the sun on the sand or tucking into breakfast at a beachfront cafe, keep an eye out for Des Bishop.

It turns out the American-Irish funny man – and seasoned West Coast visitor – always stays in Cott when stopping over.

“I’m the perfect comedian for trips around Australia: a lot of them sit in hotels and do nothing but I’m a real beachgoer, so I stay in Cottesloe when I’m in Perth and swim every day and have breakfast at Barchetta,” Bishop said.

“I live a lovely Western Australian life when I’m here, although I do think about sharks every time I’m in the water – but whatever.”

At just 42, Bishop has achieved a lot.

His bio includes conquering testicular cancer (which he says sounds more dramatic than it is), mastering Gaelic and Mandarin and tangoing in Dancing with the Stars (Ireland) – and that doesn’t include his success in stand-up and TV making.

“My bio reads better than it is, really,” Bishop said.

“I love being a comedian and then it helps your comedy career when you do TV shows, and then to be able to do things like documentary and adventure projects is just a bonus.

“Sometimes it feels like it’s just chance that all these things have happened but one thing does lead to another.”

His childhood “in a very dysfunctional Irish/American family” is fascinating.

“I was 14 and flunked out of a Catholic high school in New York; they were stressful times and we didn’t know what was going to happen and my mother was overly worried about my behaviour, so in a moment of madness she sent me to boarding school in Ireland,” Bishop said.

“Actually a cousin suggested that I should go and I put it into my parents’ heads and six weeks later I was in Ireland.

“It was a good move really because I immediately got more interested in school – I really fit in there.

“Once I completely settled in I never wanted to leave – I’ve never really left. I’m living in New York at the moment but that’s for professional reasons; I didn’t move back because I missed it.”

Bishop will be in Perth in May with his new show Egorithm for the Perth Comedy Festival.

THE ESSENTIALS

What: Des Bishop, Egorithm (Perth Comedy Festival)

When: May 4

Where: The Regal Theatre, Subiaco

Tickets: www.ticketek.com.au