Stirling Times - - Let’s Eat - Sara Fitz­patrick

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.”

Bishop’s 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; 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.”

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

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