Wednesday 23 August 2017

Michael O'Doherty: Des Bishop has made a tit of himself

Comedian Des Bishop
Comedian Des Bishop
Michael O'Doherty and Aoife Walsh pictured when the nominees were announced for the Peter Mark Vip Style Awards 2015 at the Marker Hotel
Michael O'Doherty

Michael O'Doherty

This week, publishing boss Michael O'Doherty takes a pop at comedian Des Bishop.

Speaking last week to the London -based newspaper The Irish Post, Des bemoaned the fact that his fame was making his life in Ireland a living hell, to such an extent that he was considering moving to the US full-time.

Des bishop
Des bishop

"I'm well-known in Ireland, and with that comes the stress of being recognised everywhere," he said.

"Every time you walk into a restaurant you think maybe people are looking at you. They may not even be, but regardless, fame makes you conditioned to be paranoid. You spend your time walking a little faster than you normally would, trying to find a table that isn't in the middle."

Michael O'Doherty
Michael O'Doherty

Not only does the sheer magnetism of Des' presence cause him to be ultra-careful about restaurants, it also makes him think twice about going out at all, as every nightspot is a potential scene for a flashpoint.

"At night when people are drunk you are extra worried because you think if someone sees me it could be an incident," he continued. All of which prompts the following, well-intentioned observation.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but Bono, no mean achiever in the celebrity stakes himself (though perhaps not having reached the exalted heights of Mr Bishop), has no problem going out and about in Dublin, without resorting to an armed escort or insisting on a segregated room away from mere mortals.

Read more: Michael O'Doherty: Yes, Eoghan, you're not a celeb - now can you tell your pal Laura Whitmore?

Des Bishop
Des Bishop

So is it not a tiny bit precious of Des to claim he attracts so much attention that he is being forced to consider moving abroad?

Then, of course, the penny dropped. This was an elaborate April Fool's joke and Des was being hilariously self-deprecating. But I read the date on the interview - March 26.

So sorry Des, but you have made a tit of yourself.

Herald

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