Des Bishop is a searingly funny Irish-American comedian whose routines cover backseat parenting, the intricacies of getting to second base in early 1990s Ireland, and hotel sex. Bishop uses his quick fire delivery to his advantage – transitioning from the age of hi audience, to sex with Irish girls without any pause, which keeps the audience laughing continuously.

He also manages to balance gags about Ireland with more culturally-specific observations about growing up in Queens, New York that prevent the show from becoming too parochial whilst simultaneously avoiding alienating large sections of his audience.

Des Bishop: Grey Matters is first-rate comedy that is well worth seeing even if you aren’t Irish, or American, or both!

Words: Adam Thornton

Des Bishop: Grey Matters, Pleasance Dome, Aug 14-28 (not 15th), 8pm

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