Our take on the popular game show Mr & Mrs. How well do you know your co-host? Radio Warwickshire’s Creative Director invited Emma and Cherry along to play. Find out how they did. #rwmagic
I first heard about John Bishop when he completed his ‘Week of Hell’ for Sport Relief in 2012 where he simply
- Day 1 rode a bicycle 185 miles from Paris to the Coast
- Day 2 rowed with three others across the Channel (it took 13 hours after just an hour of sleep)
- Days 3, 4 & 5 involved running from the English coast to London (a marathon per day)
I had imagined his autobiography would be all about being a comedian and getting into comedy, etc. That is far from what this book is about. It recounts the tale of John’s early life growing up in Winsford on the outskirts of liverpool, with his his brother and two sisters. Life was tough (his father spent a year in prison) but he still got to University and went on to have a very successful sales career in pharmaceuticals. The stories are really well told and the tales of how his dad adapted cars and vans to allow all the family to travel together are really funny.
You could say, so what?
John’s touching tales (and I did nearly cry at times!) about the things he has seen and done are really worth reading about. Did you know he –
- nearly lost his left leg as a result of a bone infection at the age of 11
- completed a charity bicycle ride from Australia back to the UK that took 10 months
- doesn’t eat meat (and why?)
- was a semi-professional footballer and played against a Liverpool reserve team where he was marked by Jamie Redknapp (years before ‘A League of their own’
- nearly got divorced
- understands the importance of a wardrobe as a marriage saver!
- got his big break in TV at the age of 42
- raised over £4million for Sport Relief
It is hard to see how he fitted all these things in (and there are a lot more than I have mentioned) as well as bringing up three children. The stories are all told with his wonderful sense of humour but are also touching. All the situations where he discusses his wife in particular are told with a real sense of tenderness.
It is only in the final third of the book that John talks about how he got into comedy (almost by accident) and how his career has gone from strength to strength. It’s all told in his comic style but without being too showbiz. I particularly like the description on the sleeve where it states that John has come to ‘live the dream he never knew he had’.
This is a great read – I read it under four days. I’d definitely recommend it as a Christmas present for anyone who aspires to be a comedian.
My wife Nicky and I had the pleasure of meeting John at his book signing in Birmingham and he really did come across as a genuinely nice guy!
Have your chance to win a pair of tickets to this year’s Leamington Comedy Festival. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us if you would like to see The Reduced Shakespeare Theatre Company on the 15th October or Seann Walsh on the 17th October. Competition deadline for entries is the Saturday 12th October at Midnight.
The Hobgoblin Leamington Spa Comedy Festival is back with a bang this year with a truly fantastic line up of stand up, children’s shows, cinema and a number of free events in Regent Court shopping centre. The festival runs from October 12 to 19.
TV comic Lee Mack, who headlines the festival finale on Saturday, October 19, is best known for writing and starring in the sitcom Not Going Out, and as a team captain on the comedy panel show Would I Lie to You? Joining Lee in the show are Arthur Smith of BBC TV’s Grumpy Old Men and BBC 4 Extra’s Arthur Smiths Comedy Club and Mitch Benn from Radio 4’s The Now Show.
For the second year running Leamington will be laughing with the likes of Lee Mac, Sean Walsh, Richard Herring and Terry Alderton as the Leamington Comedy Festival kicks off on the 12th October and runs until the 19th October. We talk to Mark Makin about the inspiration behind this years festival and some of the excellent talent coming to town.
this year the venues include The Spa Centre, Leamington LAMP and Regency Shopping Centre.
The festival has many fringe events for the wider community and free events for the ehole family. Arts Trails, and Leamington Underground Cinema.
Listen up for your chance to win tickets for Richard Herring and The Reduced Shakespeare Company soon on Radio Warwickshire.
Check out the website for details and buy your tickets for events over the festival, including The Hobgoblin Leamington Spa Festival Finale.
The Daniel Ruiz Tizon is Available Show is coming to Radio Warwickshire starting Monday, 19 August 2013. Listen from 9PM on www.radiowarks.com
Comedy with south London’s latte ponce
Writer and comedian Daniel Ruiz Tizon, a man on his fifth nose and former co-creator/presenter of “Please Don’t Hug Me” recorded in the Pimlico hotel he lived in back in 2010, is, he’d like the world to know, Available, and every Monday dissects the minutiae of everyday life in Daniel Ruiz Tizon is Available.
Liane dugal is trapped in the corner by Betty and Mavis for a ‘interview the boss’ session…
Radio Warwickshire’s resident agony aunt, Betty, helps the people of Warwickshire sort out their mess. If you’ve got a problem and you want Betty’s no-nonsense advice, then get in touch…she’ll say it how it is!
Oh dear, WOldstock’s Betty has been targeted by Trick or Treaters…..and she’s not happy!
Catch up with Betty and the gang at
or find them on Facebook – Woldstock Woldstock
Mavis & Betty from Woldstock fame have been asked by Liane Dugal to go out & interview interesting people in the community…..here they ‘interview’ local photographer and all-round nice chap, Andy Brining (www.brining-photography.co.uk).
Catch up with Mavis, Betty & the rest of the Woldstock gang at www.woldstock.wordpress.com
Twitter: @bettybloomingth and at Woldstock Woldstock on Facebook.