Blogging is for sissies

Blog by Aidan Bishop | 04 Aug 2010

This is the first time I have ever blogged in my entire life and that’s the truth.
Let me introduce myself. My name is Aidan Bishop, I am a native New Yorker based in Dublin. I am a standup doing a solo show at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  

I am very old school in a lot of ways and I just never felt the need to voice my opinion online.  It’s probably because I was raised in Queens and, even though I have travelled, there is still this Queens guy in my brain saying “blogging is for sissies”.
However, I have been blessed with an open mind not like some of the people from my neighbourhood, so I am willing to try new things. My show is called Adaptable and the idea came to me when I was gigging during the winter in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.  There was a lot of really cool trendy people at this gig and I’ll be honest I was a little intimated. One act had a very successful podcast and the other had a popular blog. Most of the material content was about the apps on their iPhones and a lot of routines involving videos.

I felt like I was behind the times. I felt like a Neanderthal and that evolution had passed me by.  

I was worried that my material wouldn’t go down well. However, to my surprise, the audience really took to me. I did a couple of improvisations about how far behind the times I am and people enjoyed it. I even did jokes that were sexually explicit and they still liked it. When I got off stage I thought maybe I am not a Neanderthal; maybe old school is the new cool. I really can’t answer that question; I don’t know what cool is. But one thing I do know is if a joke is delivered in the right way it really doesn’t matter what the topic is (funny is funny).
When I am done writing this I am going to join Twitter. Why not- if you can’t beat them join them. So I guess you can find me on Twitter! I just want to thank anybody who took the time to read my first ever blog. If you did- come to my show.  I will need support.  Thanks.


Aidan Bishop - Adaptable
Gilded Balloon @ Teviot
4-29 Aug, 10.15pm, £7.50-£8.50