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Comedian flies 3,000 miles to find weather is still 'snow' joke

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

Published 28/12/2010 | 05:00

COMEDIAN Des Bishop hoped he had escaped the snow when he managed to squeeze on to one of the last flights out of Ireland on Christmas Eve.

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But landing in his native New York, the 36-year-old has found himself walking into one of the worst blizzards ever to hit the American city, with 11 to 16 inches of snow covering the sidewalks.

"Stop following me. 3,000 miles I went to escape you," he posted online .

"Five hours into it," he told his followers on Twitter as he posted a picture of the heavy snow falls around his parents' home in Queens.

"I wonder how Dublin City Council would deal with this," he added as he posted pictures of a street scene, with cars buried in deep snow.

The RTE stand-up had originally hoped to welcome father and mother, Michael and Eileen, to his home in Dublin this Christmas.

However, the elderly couple's flight to Ireland was cancelled before Christmas due to heavy snow falls. So Bishop and his brother Aidan caught a flight to the US instead on Christmas Eve to join his family.

"Driving to Shannon with my bro. Got a flight home. Too important not to be with the folks this Christmas," he tweeted to followers.

Bishop's father, who was recently diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, is the subject of the comedian's critically acclaimed new show 'My Dad Was Nearly James Bond'.

Speaking of the show, Bishop said: "Before I was born, my father had another life. His biggest claim was that he was very close to getting the role of James Bond. The actor George Lazenby got the part, and we never watched James Bond in our house as it reminded my father of his regrets about the career he left behind to raise a family.

"But in all the scrapes Bond got through, he never had to raise a family and there is no gadget that Q could ever have created to help with that."

'My Dad Was Nearly James Bond' begins a run in the Mermaid Theatre in Bray from January 4-8.

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