“STRAP yourselves in and prepare for lift off” says comedian John Bishop as he prepares to return to the region.
The funnyman is on the road with a new 40-date arena tour of Great Britain and Ireland, set to be his biggest and most riotous show yet.
After taking an 18-month break from comedy to write his autobiography, John is back where he feels he belongs – on stage, making people laugh.
The tour includes a date at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on Sunday, November 23.
He said: “Stand-up is the reason my career is what it is today and I’ve had time to reflect on that this past year.
“I love the immediacy of stand-up and I feel a real closeness to my audience whilst on stage.
“I love nothing more than giving them a laugh and I can’t wait to get back out on the road.
“My family also can’t wait, as I am driving them all mad at home now that I’ve written my book.”
Not content with just writing his autobiography, John has squeezed plenty in over the last few years.
In 2012, he performed to 500,000 people in his sell-out Rollercoaster tour.
He ended 2013 with a Royal engagement with Her Majesty, when he hosted the prestigious Royal Variety Show before Christmas.
He also hosted his own TV Christmas Special on BBC One.
Before this, John starred in John Bishop’s Britain (BBC One) and John Bishop’s Only Joking (Sky 1).
He cycled, rowed and ran from Paris to London in his one-off special for Sport Relief John Bishop’s Week of Hell (BBC One), and has been a regular on Sky 1’s A League of their Own in addition to hosting Live at the Apollo.
2014 saw John return to BBC One with his debut international travelogue, in a three-part series entitled John Bishop’s Australia, which was broadcast in July.
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