Des Bishop's My Dad Was Nearly James Bond to Play Barrow Street Theatre

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My Dad Was Nearly James Bond, a new solo show by standup comedian Des Bishop in tribute to his father, will make its U.S. premiere at the Barrow Street Theatre Oct. 7-10.

The play will run in tandem with the Barrow Street's current production, Capsule 33 by Thaddeus Phillips, which runs through Oct. 16.

According to press notes, "After storming the 2010 Edinburgh Festival, Des Bishop returns to NY with a deeply personal tale about his father who has been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Inspired by his father’s illness, the impact it has had on his family and their sense of humor in dealing with it, Des’s latest internationally acclaimed standup show, My Dad was Nearly James Bond, tells of a remarkable life tinged with regret."

Bishop added in a statement, “Before I was born, my father had another life. As a boy I thought it was the coolest thing ever that my father was a model and appeared as a blind pilot in the cult classic 'Day of the Triffids' and had one line in 'Zulu.' His biggest claim was that he was very close to getting the role of James Bond. George Lazenby got the part, and we never watched James Bond in our house as it reminded my father of his regrets about the career he left behind to raise a family. But in all the scrapes Bond got through, he never had to raise a family and there is no gadget that Q could ever have created to help with that.”

A native New Yorker, Bishop moved to Ireland as a teenager and has become a noted standup comedian in the Emerald Isle, also starring in three Irish television series, "The Des Bishop Work Experience," "Joy in the Hood" and the comedy documentary "In the Name of the Fada."

The Barrow Street Theatre is located at 27 Barrow Street. For tickets call (212) 868-4444 or visit

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