COMEDIAN John Bishop is heading to Kendal during his 'Right Here, Right Now' national tour.

John is raring to go, having missed the thrill of touring over the course of the pandemic.

He said: "Like all live performers, I’ve missed the audience massively. Let’s be honest, you’re not going to get a round of applause in your own house, are you? I just can’t wait to get back on the road!

“Laughter is so important, and there's not been enough of it. I won’t say there is an impending mental health crisis or anything like that. But we all know that we've got to flush out more of the consequences of what's been going on.

“One of the things we have to deal with is the fact that as human beings we have lost the art of normal interaction. My wife Melanie and I managed to get away on holiday to Mallorca recently. On the fourth day, she said to me, ‘this is ridiculous. Just look at you. You've lost the ability to eat in public. You've got food all over your face. For two years you've been able to shovel it in without anyone being there.’

"I sensed that as well at the few gigs that I have done. People reconnected to a memory that they could sit next to someone they didn't know without social distancing or face masks or sanitising. That’s a big step for people to take now.”

During the tour John says he will be touching on the topic of Covid – it is impossible to avoid it – but it won’t be dominating the show.

“It’s got to be mentioned because it's a universal experience. Like anything else that you've all been through, you've got to acknowledge it.

“I’ll be talking about the experience of being at home and realising stuff about yourself. You’ve got to start being honest with yourself and admit, 'I'm probably never going to learn the piano because I had loads of time lately, and I still haven't done it. Maybe I shouldn’t have bought that piano!'

"We all want to move on from Covid now. I think the audience also want to be reminded of life before and after the pandemic. The news agenda for 18 months has been so depressing, so any lightness we can bring that moves away from that is going to be good."

John will be at Kendal Leisure Centre on November 6.