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Opinion: The John Bishop Show – Primetime Comedy Digs Deep

When The John Bishop Show started seven weeks ago I wrote an opinion piece about how impressed I was that it had found some new talent for mainstream TV. The first episode featured Felicity Ward and James Acaster and was a pretty impressive statement of intent

Since then the show had come in for some stick on social media. Someone complained to me about the old school Tiller Girls kicking their exposed legs in the air. Others were not too impressed by Lee Nelson, who is hardly new talent having had his own BBC show already.

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Opinion: The John Bishop Show – Accidentally Brilliant?

I have to say I’ve been impressed by The John Bishop Show. Just when you think stand-up on mainstream TV has settled into a rut with the same acts on a shiny-floored conveyor belt John Bishop has given air-time to different stand-ups who really deserve it in a weirdly appealing mash-up of seaside special variety and club comedy.

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TV Preview: The John Bishop Show, BBC1

These are busy times for television-friendly comedians. Even though Live at the Apollo is taking a break there seem to be more mainstream openings than ever for those that fancy a bit of exposure. ITV1 has Sunday Night at the Palladium and now BBC1 has jumped in a day earlier with The John Bishop Show.

News: Frog & Bucket Plaque Unveiled

A commemorative blue plaque has been unveiled on the wall outside the Frog and Bucket Comedy Club in Manchester. The plaque is dedicated to the “memory of all the comedians who died onstage” during the club’s 21 years. Owner Dave Perkin is pictured with the plaque.

Luminaries who have cut their teeth in the Oldham Street venue include Peter Kay, Johnny Vegas, Lee Mack, Jason Manford, Dave Gorman, Chris Addison, Lucy Porter, Jack Whitehall and Ross Noble. 

News: John Bishop Lands Saturday Night Slot

John Bishop is to front a new Saturday night entertainment show. The John Bishop Show will be an eight-part series, to be broadcast on BBC One this spring. This follows the success of his Christmas special, which attracted over 4.75 million viewers, making it the most watched stand-up show of 2014.

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News: John Bishop Adds Low-Key London Gig

Update: John Bishop has had to postpone his March 29 gig. It will now take place at the Bloomsbury on April 28. Click here for further info.

Comedian John Bishop has added a second low-key, intimate live date at the Bloomsbury Theatre next month. There is already a warm-up performance of his Supersonic show there on March 29 and now there is a further show there next week on Thursday, March 5.

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News: John Bishop to Play Royal Albert Hall

John Bishop is to play London’s Royal Albert Hall with his critically acclaimed ‘Supersonic’ show on Thursday 2nd April, 2015. This performance will be recorded for DVD and may be the last time it is ever performed.

On returning to Royal Albert Hall Bishop said: “I’m thrilled with the reaction of this tour; the show has gone brilliantly and so where better than to record the DVD, than at the Royal Albert Hall. I’m really looking forward to the show next year and I hope the fans are too!”

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Preview: The Comedy Week Ahead – Nov 24 - Dec 1

This is one of those weeks when the comedy circuit is relatively quiet for a few days and then it suddenly goes off with a bang. If you want to catch comedy during the week the best places are the Soho Theatre where Sara Pascoe and Sam Simmons are highly recommended. 

Book Review: Secret Kilkenny

I thought I was going to be at Kilkenny’s Sky Cat Laughs Festival this weekend, but some of the more boring bits of real life got in the way. I thought I wouldn’t be too bothered. But then I started reading Secret Kilkenny and began to grind my teeth at the thought of missing Cat Laughs 2014.

Review: GQ Extravaganza, Hammersmith Apollo

GQ has a long-standing reputation for being a stylish fashion magazine, but it is also building up a reputation for stylish comedy. Thanks to the contacts book and charm of its comedy editor, stand-up James Mullinger, it has put together a number of striking special editions featuring the world's greatest clowns and comedy actors from Jerry Seinfeld to Paul Rudd and Ricky Gervais. This year they went one stage further with a formidable comedy gig, which worked absolutely brilliantly. Until the headline act came on…

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