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John Bishop's surprise stand-up in pub

Monday was Charles and Camilla, Friday was The Slaugherhouse

Published on December 14th 2013.

John Bishop's surprise stand-up in pub

THIS comedian walks into a pub...

Last seen hosting the Royal Variety Performance, Liverpool comic John Bishop may have been rattling his jewellery with royals and the Establishment on Monday night just gone, but by the end of the week he was cracking gags in a city centre boozer for those of us in the cheap seats.

The comic, who is these days at home adressing 20,000-strong stadium crowds, turned up at the Slaughterhouse pub in Fenwick Street completely out of the blue.

A Big Hug From Mc Chris CairnsA Big Hug From MC Chris CairnsThe comic played a 20-minute stand up set to an atonished crowd at the Laughterhouse comedy club where punters had gone along expecting a performance by Keith 'Nige' Carter, Chris Cairns and Neil Fitzmaurice.

Said one onlooker: "He slipped in the back,  got up on stage and supprised the crowd, then he slipped back out again."

Paula Harrington, who runs the laughterhouse club, told Liverpool Confidential: "John contacted me and wanted to pop in and do a short spot last night and we were obviously delighted.  It was a real Christmas bonus for our audience.

"John tells me that he loves to return to intimate rooms so that he can enjoy the atmosphere and run his new material past a really honest crowd - the Laughterhouse crowd are ideal for this because they are such a comedy savvy audience and are used to such brilliant comics so they will let him know if the material is not good enough.

John Bishop At The Slaughterhouse Liverpool %284%29 

She added: "The reaction when he stepped on the stage was so special - he hid backstage and nobody had any idea that he was about to take to the stage.  I have been booking and running comedy nights for nearly ten years and I can honestly say that this was a highlight.

"John is a real comic and works hard to ensure that his new material is as strong as possible by travelling and testing out his material - this is a sign of a true professional who cares about his audiences - when comics reach this level its so easy to pay a team of writers to do the work for you but he chooses to write and test his own material.

"He tells me that our room is the perfect room for comedy which is so flattering for a comic like John who is regularly selling out arenas to say."

Pictures by Dave 'the Pap' Evans

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7 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousDecember 14th 2013.

I'd be well hacked off if I'd paid to see Nige and JB came on

AnonymousDecember 16th 2013.

Is nowhere safe?

AnonymousDecember 17th 2013.

First the cuts, now this. Hasn't Liverpool suffered enough?

3 Responses: Reply To This...
Martha FitzsimmonsDecember 20th 2013.

Pfft, no doubt you're a typical Daily Mail reading snob, longing for the days of Cannon and Ball or perhaps even Stan Boardman!, As a man living in these modern times, John Bishops blend of cheeky chirpy scouse wit and wry observations on contemporary life are the ideal antidote to all of these offensive old hat so called comedians! I bet if this was Chubby Brown you'd be singing praises from the roof tops! I can only suggest you hop in your time machine and pisss of back to the dark ages where your kind of humour belongs!

AnonymousDecember 21st 2013.

Let this message serve as a festive warning of the dangers of combining alcohol, late night access to the internet and a rather angry personality! Take heed everybody, think twice!

Martha FitzsimmonsDecember 22nd 2013.

Piss off Grandad!, have a Jagerbomb and chill out you old fart

SaladDazeDecember 20th 2013.

I thought I was getting Justin Welby. Call himself a bishop...

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