The Daily Telegraph

JOHN & JOE BISHOP: LIFE AFTER DEATH

- Stephen Kelly

ITV, 9pm

Comedian John Bishop has tasked himself with performing a stand-up show entirely in British Sign Language – but he has to actually learn the language first. The endeavour is inspired by Bishop’s 28-year-old son, Joe, who was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune condition when he was 15, and is likely to become fully deaf. What soon becomes obvious during the course of the documentar­y is that John and Joe’s relationsh­ip is an uneasy one. As Joe explains, he spent much of his teenage years angry, and the pair have never sat down and had a proper heart-to-heart about his diagnosis. He also seems uncomforta­ble with being mentioned in John’s routines. For John, the whole thing is an education – not only learning British Sign Language (BSL), but coming to understand how isolated and alone his son must feel. It is moving to see them grow closer together during their lessons, along with Joe finding friends and self-acceptance as he is introduced to the deaf community. But the question remains: can John become a BSL comedian? As he says, “by the time [the joke] gets to my fingers it’s not funny!” See for yourself in the Life After Deaf Stand Up Show, which airs afterwards at 10.50pm (Wal, 11.20pm).

 ?? ?? Like father, like son: comedian John Bishop seeks to understand his son’s hearing impairment
Like father, like son: comedian John Bishop seeks to understand his son’s hearing impairment

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from United Kingdom