Monday 26 January 2015

Des Bishop performs a full stand up show - in Chinese

Published 26/01/2014 | 17:48

Des Bishop has immersed himself in the language and culture for an upcoming documentary
The comedian has spent the past year in China. Photo: Des Bishop/Twitter

DES Bishop has cemented his reputation for being Ireland's cleverest comedian -- after performing his first full stand-up show in Chinese.

The adventurous funnyman has spent the past 12 months living in China, immersing himself in the language and culture for an upcoming documentary.

And last week, the talented 38-year-old achieved the main goal of his year-long visit when he delivered a stand-up routine in Mandarin to a sell-out crowd.

Having spent the best part of the past year in China, many of his tweets have a Chinese theme. Last week he tweeted: "One of the great things about learning Chinese is you get to notice how many idiots put meaningless words on their skin."

Bishop's wrestle with Mandarin isn't the first time he's successfully tackled a foreign tongue. In 2008, RTE aired hit documentary series In The Name of the Fada, which followed his year living in Connemara, learning Irish.


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