COMEDY legend John Bishop is coming to Southend next year as a stop on his UK stand-up tour.

The 56-year-old is going out on the road with his Back at It tour and will be at the Cliffs Pavilion, in Station Road, Westcliff, on May 2.

It comes after he spent the last two years TV presenting, stage acting, podcast hosting, “dog walking and decorating the spare room”.

Tickets for the show will be released on December 1 at 10am.

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Announcing the new tour, John said: “I’m delighted to be hitting the road again with my new show, Back at It.

“I did a few gigs in New York and some over in Ireland, and I’ve got the juices flowing again.

“I’m looking forward to seeing you all out there on the road.”

Within three years of his first comedy gig in 2000, John was playing to sold out arena audiences across the country and released the fastest selling stand-up DVD in UK history.

Since then, he has achieved huge success with a number of his own comedy, entertainment and documentary shows including BBC’s John Bishop’s Australia and John Bishop’s Britain.

John is co-host of the podcast Three Little Words, alongside writer, actor and director Tony Pitts, where the two friends talk to fascinating people about their lives, hopes, struggles and beliefs.

Most recently, John starred in the four-month UK & Ireland tour of Mother Goose with Ian McKellen, which included a hugely successful run in London’s West End.

Back at It is a 57-date tour, including two nights at the iconic London Palladium, in Argyll Street.