STAND-UP GUY Comedian Des Bishop, whose latest show revolves around his late mother.
New York native Des Bishop is bringing his stand-up show ‘Mia Mama’ to Westport Town Hall Theatre on Friday, March 11. The show is inspired by the ‘star’ of Bishop’s life – his mother, who died in March 2019. Bishop puts a comic spin on loss, grief and the chaos that surrounds it.
“I am often asked ‘Where do you get your material from?’,” says the comedian. “The truth is really that I try to see the funny in everything. My mother died in March 2019, and of course it was sad, and grief can be tough sometimes, but I saw a lot of funny in that too.
“Since death comes to us all and grief is something most of us will experience, I thought there must be plenty of people who would like that funny to be shared. Also I did a show about my Dad being sick back in 2010, and I couldn’t face my mother in the afterlife because I know her first question would be ‘Your Father got a show, how come I didn’t get one?’.”
Bishop and his mother were very close, the sun around which his family revolved. “I think it’s tougher to lose your mum,” he says. “My dad was best supporting actor. My mother was the actress in a leading role. You are never ready when the star of the show dies.
“So this is a show about my mother. It’s a show about motherhood and sacrifice, anxiety and grief, the mistakes you make as a mother and a son and the hard road to forgiveness and finally it’s about loss, grief and the chaos that surrounds it.
“Where do I get my material from? Life and death!”