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IT MIGHT be as big as an aircraft hanger, but comedian John Bishop wants to give the AECC an intimate feel for his stand-up gig on Sunday. “I just want to recreate the feeling of talking to my mates in the pub,” said the Liverpudlian funnyman. “I know it sounds odd doing it in front of thousands of people, but I can.” And if anyone can, John can. He has won a legion of fans with his easy, blokey charm on numerous TV shows – and his February gigs at the AECC were both sell outs, leading to this return trip with his Sunshine Tour. John said: “I’ve called this the Sunshine Tour because someone said to me it’s been a big year for me, it’s my time in the sunshine. I thought that was a lovely phrase.” The 49-year-old has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the past few years, going from playing to a handful of folk to filling arenas while piling in the telly work, including his own show. John said: “I won’t do routines at gigs that I’ve done on television. I’m essentially a storyteller not a joke teller, so I have to keep coming up with new jokes. “To me comedy is like being a magician, once they know the rabbit is coming out of the hat they won’t care. “I want people to keep coming to see me and not think there is no point because I’ve already said it on the telly.” John said that finding success in his 40s when he was already a family man has kept him grounded. “I’d like to see more of my family, but doing these big tours means that when my son
TALL TALES: Liverpool funnyman John Bishop loves telling stories to his audience.