Des Bishop knows a thing or two about adjusting to new cultures. Born in Queens, he moved to Ireland in his teens and became a comedy star there. Part of his fame came from his willingness to jump into unfamiliar territory while the TV cameras rolled — he worked minimum-wage jobs and learned to perform stand-up in Gaelic. His latest project topped them all.
Bishop, who plays the Wilbur Saturday night, is back in his native Queens neighborhood of Flushing after spending the better part of two years living in China. There he learned to speak Mandarin to be able to write and perform stand-up for Chinese audiences. This was captured for Irish television for the series “Breaking China.”
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