Britain’s favourite new stand-up John Bishop tells us exactly who he steals his material from!
How did you get into comedy?
“I just love making people laugh. It’s a wonderfully addictive thing.”
And this week you are back at the Apollo?
“Yes. It was dead nice to go back. Both that and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow have been very significant. I never thought I’d be here, and I really didn’t think I’d have done the things that I have.”
Do you get very nervous before a set?
“I don’t get particularly nervous, no. Although it does depend on the gig! I’m no different on the stage than I am off. In many ways, I’m not a performer. I don’t know how I got this job! And that’s not a joke! I don’t! When I’m on the tour, I keep thinking someone’s going to tap me on the shoulder and say ‘Why don’t you just go back to work?'”
Do you get many hecklers?
“A few. One night on tour, I came out on stage to do the second half of the show. Everything was going great, and someone shouted out ‘You call this a job?’ I mean, what kind of a heckle is that? He was obviously sat there thinking ‘Is this all you do? You just talk? Aren’t you going to build some shelves while you’re here?'”
Where do you get your material from?
“Sometimes my dad. I see that as my inheritance, so I may as well have it now!”
*Live at the Apollo returns on Thursday, November 25 on BBC1.