BISHOP COTT OUT IN WEST
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.