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Heartbreak forces funnyman Des to cancel tour dates

COMEDIAN Des Bishop is postponing his upcoming tour indefinitely because he's suffering from stress.

The funnyman has put his scheduled of public appearances on hold so that recover from a year of heartbreak and hardship.

Des (35) has revealed that in the wake of his father's death and the break-up of his relationship with Assets model Jenny Lee Masterson he doesn't feel ready to take on the intensity of live stage performances.

"I am postponing my tour. To be honest it's been such a crazy year, I'm just not ready," he said.

"When I say that, I mean everything that's happened like what happened with my dad and then just one thing after another it was just like, are you telling me I have to go back on tour in January?"

The popular Irish American lost his father after a long battle with lung cancer in February while he was in the middle of his last tour My Dad Was Nearly James Bond, which paid tribute to his dying father and explored the father-son relationship.

Two months later, he split with Jenny, his long- time girlfriend, while working on a novel about his father.

Now that the promotional tour for his book is over, Des told the Diary that he doesn't feel ready to do a nationwide tour,.

"It was my decision to go back on tour in the first place but I'm just not able," he confirmed.

Des admitted that with the intensity of losing his father and promoting his deeply emotional book, he feels he needs to wait a little while longer before he is ready to continue his award-winning stand-up shows.

After a set of interviews about his father's death, including an appearance on The Late Late Show last month, Des said he wants to take a break.

"With the book and everything, the whole thing was a bit much for me. I've had very emotional responses to my book and last week I did an interview with John Murray and that was just really emotional too.

"It's not that I need some me time and I'm stomping up a hurricane, I'm just delaying the actual tour so that I am totally able to do my best," he said.

The performer added that he will be fulfilling other gigs that take place after May and will definitely be going back on tour soon, but won't have an exact date for a while. "It's only postponed because I know that I wouldn't have been able to go out there and do my best. I'm only cancelling the dates up until March," he explained.

His new show was meant to kick off on January 7 in Athlone with a further 26 other dates already confirmed. Des made the comments at The Workman's Club last night, where he hosted a special event for Focus Ireland.

The comedian presented at the event which saw Cillian Murphy DJ, as well as a performance from Little Green Cars.