REVIEW: John Bishop, Lowther Pavilion, Lytham

John Bishop

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“It’s great to be playing somewhere that looks like an 
Anderson shelter.”

John Bishop’s light-hearted observation about Lytham’s Lowther Pavilion meant in complete jest – he was obviously in his element before a sell out crowd in this marvellous setting.

The theory perpetuated that all Scousers are born with innate wit may be untrue in some cases, but not here.

Bishop has the audience howling with hearty laughter throughout a gig which, he readily admits, is designed to try out new material ahead of his upcoming arena tour.

Well, if it’s a trial, the good news for him is he’s only guilty of providing great gags.

Bishop received an appreciative ovation walking on after being introduced by a brief burst of Dave Clarke Five’s Glad All Over (a reference to a joke about Crystal Palace football supporters made during the set).

There are also mirthful observations about holidays and the delights of first class air travel – “this is probably what it feels like to come from Lytham St Annes” – in a fun-filled hour and a half which sees the Winsford witticist produce the kind of humour that has seen him rise from pharmaceuticals salesman (“I don’t think I’ve ever been to Lytham St Annes before. You’ve not got a hospital – well, not a proper one anyway”) to household name.

A great coup for the Lowther Pavilion and Lytham as a whole, the end of set Q and A also allowed the audience to gain an insight into the man behind the laughter.

Just one question from the crowd sticks in mind though: “Will you come back to the Anderson shelter?”

“If you’ll have me,” replies a cheerful Bishop.

That, surely, is something we can all look forward to.

David Sharman