Yes, Prime Min­is­ter takes to the stage with a mod­ern look.

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - LET’S PARTY - By Scott Beg­bie

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.

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