John Bishop says comedians can't 'double-think everything' as he launches chat show

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John Bishop wants his new chat show to replicate the feel of a stand-up comedy gig. (Ellis O'Brien/ITV)
John Bishop wants his new chat show to replicate the feel of a stand-up comedy gig. (Ellis O'Brien/ITV)

John Bishop says his new chat show is a "gamble" as he aims to replicate the environment of a stand-up comedy gig, with all of the possible offence that includes.

The first episode of The John Bishop Show aired on ITV on Saturday night, and the comedian is well aware that there is "inevitably going to be something that is going to upset somebody" during the course of the programme.

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"It’s not possible to double-check everything you think and say. If you did that, you’d never say anything," the 55-year-old told the Daily Star.

He added: “I can’t live like that. I can’t operate as a comedian who double-thinks everything.”

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Bishop said his attempt to replicate the comedy club environment on telly risks him offending somebody, as opposed to among paying customers when he is "less likely to say something that will upset them".

"I want to bring the atmosphere I get at live gigs into people’s living rooms and there’s a joy in that," Bishop added.

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"But it’s also a gamble. When you’re on a TV show, you’re in their living room uninvited. There are bound to be people who say ‘he swears too much’ or ‘I wish he hadn’t gone on to that topic’.

“There is inevitably going to be something that is going to upset somebody. But there’s nothing you can do about that. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.”

John Bishop knows his TV show runs the risk of potentially offending people. (Matt Crossick/PA Images via Getty Images)
John Bishop knows his TV show runs the risk of potentially offending people. (Matt Crossick/PA Images via Getty Images)

Bishop has been one of the UK's most popular stand-up comedians for many years and recently gained a whole new audience when he joined the cast of Doctor Who for last year's Flux series.

He reprised the role of Dan for last week's New Year's Day special Eve of the Daleks, which also starred comedian Aisling Bea. 

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Bishop will appear alongside Jodie Whittaker and companion Mandip Gill for two further specials this year, culminating in Whittaker's departure as the Doctor.

The show will then get a revamp with a whole new lead performer, as well as the return of 2005 showrunner Russell T. Davies.

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