John Bishop: TV comedy is trying to be 'too edgy'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 11 January 2013
John Bishop

John Bishop

John Bishop is hoping his new Sky 1 show 'Only Joking' will be a hit with "the whole family", because he thinks too many TV comedy programmes are trying to "push boundaries" nowadays and as a result they are not suitable for kids

John Bishop thinks it is a "shame" TV comedies are trying to be "as edgy as possible".

The 46-year-old star is hoping his new Sky 1 show 'Only Joking' - which sees a host of comics and famous faces share their favourite jokes - will be "something for everyone" because he thinks comedians are trying too hard to "push boundaries" nowadays.

He said: "I think it's a shame that comedy these days, particularly TV comedy, has become something that's only on late at night and always tries to be as edgy as possible, to see who can push the boundaries the furthest.

"For this show, the key thing for me was to keep it suitable for the whole family. I just wanted it to be a bit like comedy as I remembered it growing up.

"I hope this is something that a whole family can sit down and watch together.

"The other thing is that a lot of TV comedy now is based around people coming on and doing a set, so you have to watch somebody for 10 minutes at a time to see if it's something you might like better on next.

"So this show is edited in such a way that the joke is the main focus.

"One person comes on, tells a joke, and then as soon as they've finished you move on, so hopefully there will be something for everyone."

John - who is a panellist on sports quiz show 'A League of Their Own' - says filming 'Only Joking' is the "most fun" he's ever had on TV and it reminded him of when he was starting out in the industry as a stand-up comedian in Manchester.

He added to the Daily Mirror newspaper: "These days TV comedy is always looking for the next new talent, the next person to do something different, but if you want someone who grandma can laugh at too you need people who've been doing it for 50 years.

"Of everything I've done on TV this is the most fun I've had. It's like being back in the clubs."

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