John Bishop

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It's normal for comedians to chastise late-comers. But John Bishop was spared the heckles when he turned up 30 minutes late for his own gig last night.

He'd thought his appearance wasn't scheduled until later but the 2,000-plus crowd weren't in the mood to hold it against him.

Bishop had last performed in the city exactly 12 months ago to the day.

But on that occasion he was playing to a half-empty Wedgewood Rooms.

It's a fact not lost on him because much has happened since then. His own TV show, appearances on Michael McIntyre's roadshow, and a best-selling DVD have all helped propel him to stardom.

Despite that success he still thinks his bubble is about to burst and that makes up much of his show. Along with why Scousers swear (it's their punctuation), how to make the perfect plaster (you don't want to know his secret ingredient) and the day he was mistaken for Bez from the Happy Mondays.

At the heart of Bishop's show his him. A likeable guy - with the whitest teeth you've ever seen.