Ruth Johnston from ‘Three Weeks‘ magazine seems very impressed by Des Bishops current Edinburgh show. Here’s what she had to say about it.
‘My Dad Was Nearly James Bond’
***** Three Weeks
Comedy meets the tragic circumstances of life in Des Bishop’s routine, which pays tribute to his father – a nearly James Bond of yesteryear. Now suffering from lung cancer, Bishop’s dad is the inspiration for an unusual, deeply moving and very funny exploration of the complex relationship between fathers and sons. Initially I was taken aback by Bishop’s slightly aggressive delivery, but soon this masculine veneer slips as he reminisces about his childhood to a backdrop of fascinating photographs that earmark the highs and lows of their relationship. It’s rare that I leave comedy with tears in my eyes inspired by a deeper emotion than amusement. Indeed the depth of Bishop’s story ensured a deserved standing ovation.