Tuesday 24 April 2018

Des laughing all the way to the bank as cash pile soars to €173,000

Des Bishop with dance partner Giulia Dotta on RTE’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ reality show
Des Bishop with dance partner Giulia Dotta on RTE’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ reality show

Gordon Deegan

One of Ireland's most popular entertainers, Des Bishop, has seen the cash pile at his entertainment firm increased more than four-fold to €173,043.

New accounts for Bishop's Blow In Entertainment Ltd show that last year was a bumper one for the native New Yorker's firm.

The figures show that along with the sharp jump in the company's cash pile from €41,624 to €173,043, accumulated profits increased from €19,745 to €74,349 in the 12 months to the end of December last.

The comedian established the firm in February 2015 to capitalise on his popularity after a string of TV hits and the sell-out crowds who continue to flock to his gigs.

This year, Bishop celebrated 20 years performing as a comedian and he continued to be a regular presence on our TV screens.

In the early part of the year, viewers watched Des perform his moves on RTE's 'Dancing with the Stars' while he also fronted his 'This is Ireland' show.

Blow In Entertainment Ltd recorded a profit of €54,604 for 2016 compared to a profit of €19,745 in 2015. Des Bishop is the company's only employee and last year paid himself €131,319 compared to €53,873 for a ten month period in 2015.

The pay in 2016 is made up of €90,000 in pay and €41,319 in pension contributions.

Des added to his coffers last year with sell-out dates of his 'Grey Matters' tour and this year with the successful 'One Day You'll Understand' tour.

Irish Independent

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