From Trump to Isis, Facebook feeds to conspiracy theories and the ever-confusing battle of the sexes, Des Bishop attempts to make sense of the world we live in today in his new show ‘One Day You’ll Understand’.
Des says he’s now old enough to know that when his Mom used to say “one day you will understand”, she was often correct. However, sometimes it seems she was just hiding from having to explain the complexities of life.
His new show covers “a very broad range of topics”, including living in Ireland for the past 27 years, Dancing with the Stars and Islamophobia, which he describes as a “pressing issue”.
“I talk a little bit about Islamophobia but then I also talk about accusations that comedians get sometimes that they don’t make fun of Muslims,” he explains.
He believes the subject must be addressed.
“At the same time I don’t see anybody really talking about it. People are afraid to talk about Islamophobia.”
Asked if he ever gets nervous he will offend anyone, he’s cool as a breeze, saying, “I can take an hour of people giving out on Joe Duffy!”
Bishop is well-known for his immersive TV shows such as ‘In the Name of the Fada’, when he learned Irish in Connemara, and ‘Breaking China’, when he lived in China and learned Mandarin. After almost two decades working as a stand-up comedian, the New York native explains how he keeps things fresh for his fans.
“I just talk about whatever’s going on at the time. Sometimes it’s very themed and specific things, like China or my time in Connemara, and other times it’s pretty random. Like now it’s random.
“I don’t know what the audience wants but I think they appreciate the diversity of the shows so it’s never been an issue but that’s more so because I go with the flow of what’s going on in my life.”
Des also put his best foot forward recently with his latest TV venture – RTE’s Dancing with the Stars.
A newbie to the glitz and glamour of dancing, Des says his only experience, like most people, was dancing in nightclubs.
Strutting his stuff on RTE One every Sunday night for the past few weeks, Des became the fourth contestant to be eliminated from the hit show on Sunday night.
Despite being disappointed to leave, the comedian loved every minute of the show.
“It’s fun. You put in the effort, you do the dance, and you wait for the public to decide how they feel. Like it is good craic. At the end of the day, it’s a weird thing because there’s so many variables but I feel great about it!”
Enduring gruelling dance rehearsals as well as being on the road with his new show, the comedian says it can be tricky to juggle everything that’s going on. “I literally have to do nothing else other than gig, rehearse and rest. When I try to incorporate other things into my life, it’s just about too much.”
Des, who returns to The Town Hall Theatre with ‘One Day You’ll Understand’ on 22 and 23 February, has a special connection with Galway, where he spent time back in 2008 in a bid to learn Irish.
He says he’s really looking forward to returning to Galway.
“I always look forward to going back. It’s always great craic,” he says, adding that he would like to stay for a few days, however his busy schedule doesn’t allow much room for relaxation at the moment.
“Every place has a different thing that it brings out in me, local wise, so for me particularly I have the freedom to do that so of course I know a little bit more about Galway from spending time there so it’s good craic.”
Des Bishop’s ‘One Day You’ll Understand’ show runs at The Town Hall Theatre on Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 February at 8pm. Tickets are €25 from www.tht.ie
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