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June 22, 2005


Only a few days away from Stephen O’Carroll’s Comedy Night in Draíocht, we caught up with the 4 lads (Stephen O'Carroll, James Goldsbury, Declan Rooney & Brendan Burke) and asked them a few questions!

22 June 2005 / In Conversation with Nicola Murphy, Draiocht's Marketing Manager:

BRIEF INTRODUCTION:
Young comedian Stephen O’Carroll (from the Brendan O’Carroll comedy clan) presents his first Comedy Night in Draíocht featuring guest comedians James Goldsbury, Declan Rooney and Brendan Burke, as well as some stand up from Stephen himself. James Goldsbury’s comedy career began in 1998 with an opening gig in Dublin's International Comedy Cellar. He was a runner-up in the BBC New Comedy Awards in Vicar St (1999) and joint Winner of RTE’s New Comedy Awards in Vicar St (2000). He has have about 250 successful gigs under his belt and has performed in Dublin's Murphy's Laughter Lounge on numerous occasions. Declan Rooney has been an RTE Comedy Finalist for the last few years and has performed in Edinburgh and has sold out gigs in Vicar Street. In the last year Declan has supported The Camembert Quartet on Tubridy Tonight every Saturday on RTE . Brendan Burke is ‘one of the funniest men in Ireland’ (Hot Press) and his stage presence, delivery, timing and uniqueness of material are the reasons why his shows are always a fantastic success. Stephen O’Carroll is a new up and coming comedian, nephew of Irish funny man Brendan O’Carroll. In his first year he has sold out venues in Dublin and Kildare. This show contains adult content and strong language. You have been warned!


STEPHEN O'CARROLL

Q: Who are you?
A: Stephen O’Carroll

Q: Where are you from?
A: Blanchardstown but don’t hold that against me!

Q: What do you do?
A: Stand up comedy (well i try)

Q: What age are you?
A: 18

Q: You have a very famous uncle! Was he very influential on you trying your hand at comedy?
A: Yes he was. I would go see him when I was a kid and I would always say 'I want to do that!!' and Brendan said to me 'then why don't you', so I did and a year later I have not looked back - and if it all falls apart, at least I can blame Brendan!

Q: Were you intent on being a stand-up leaving school, or had you other options?
A: No I didn’t. When I was in school the other kids would say ‘Brendan O’Carroll is your uncle, tell us a joke’ and if I didn’t they would batter me - it was a rough school. Kids in there would rob the milk out of your tea. Then one day I told them a joke and they laughed so from there on I would always come in and tell them jokes. So when I left I had no other options but to do stand up because it was all I knew and if it all falls apart I can blame the kids who battered me in school - yous know who yous are!

Q: If you weren't a comedian, what would you be?
A: A baker like my brother, cause he makes lots of dough.

Q: How are you finding the circuit?
A: Great. The first gig is the hardest. My first gig reminds me of the first time I made love - very bumpy. I didn’t really know what I was doing but when we got that bus seat to ourselves it was great. 

Q: Who are your comedic influences?
A: Jack Dee, Lee Evans, Peter Kay. Oh yeah and Brendan O’Carroll. All masters at what they do.

Q: Are you a naturally funny person?
A: I hope so. Cause there is nothing worse then someone who is trying to be funny and they’re not. Oh god I hope I’m not one of those people.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
A: Hopefully a big name in stand up. And if not I would really have to become a baker. Oh I hope I make it big.

Q: What do you do to relax and wind-down?
A: Just go out with my mates and have a few drinks.

Q: Do you go to comedy gigs yourself?
A: Not as much as I would like to but I try and go to see competition as much as I can. Yeah right - what competition!

Q: Why are you putting on this gig?
A: "I am putting on the gig in Draíocht because it would be great for people around here to see Irelands top commedians. I thought of the idea when me and my dad were driving by Draíocht and he said 'Did you ever think of doing a gig in there', so the next day I rang them up and they told me to give them a list of the commedians who would do it. I was doing a gig in town and James Goldsbury was on before me and he was brill so I asked him to do the gig and he said he would. Declan Rooney was also on that night and I asked him to do it and thankfully he said yeah and Brendan Burke has been around for years and I saw him one night at the Battle of the Axe and he also said he would do it. I really hope to turn this into a regular event and I hope in the future that we can bring big names to the gig like Jason Byrne, Des Bishop and hopefully my uncle could drop by and do a gig or two aswell!" 



JAMES GOLDSBURY

Q: Who are you?
A: Is this a trick question?

Q: Where are you from?
A: Dublin, The Northern Hemisphere!

Q: What do you do?
A: Go on, guess!

Q: What age are you?
A: 8, going on a bit

Q: Where do you live?
A: In a magical land full of chocolate

Q: Were you intent on being a stand-up leaving school, or had you other options?
A: No. I did software engineering and then when I realised computers were a fad and on their way out I gave up to do this

Q: If you weren't a comedian, what would you be?
A: A software engineer

Q: How are you finding the circuit?
A: Most of the clubs are in the same place every week!!! Apart from that it's a small pond. The Dublin comedy circuit is small enough so I’m concentrating on UK gigs.

Q: Who are your comedic influences?
A: Peter Sellers, The Pythons, Spike Milligan

Q: Are you a naturally funny person?
A: When I'm drunk yeah

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
A: On telly

Q: What do you do to relax and wind-down?
A: Don't have much time for relaxation at the moment because I'm writing my new show for Edinburgh called "Da Bitchy Code", based on The Da Vinci Code. As a book it's a unputdownable, a bit like an unwanted kitten in a sack filled with helium! I'm previewing it in the International Comedy Club on Wicklow at the end of July so its go go go!!!

Q: Do you go to comedy gigs yourself?
A: Yeah quite a bit. I was performing in the Kilkenny Cat Laughs recently and got to see quite a few gigs.



DECLAN ROONEY

Q: Who are you?

A: A depressed comedian from Louth

Q: Where are you from?
A: Omeath, Co.Louth ( the wee county )

Q: What do you do?
A: By day I work and by night I dream of never working again.

Q: What age are you?
A: Very old but really a child

Q: Where do you live?
A: In my house

Q: Were you intent on being a stand-up leaving school, or had you other options?
A: I was always a bit of a clown and had a great talent for making me Ma laugh and making my Dad cry ...so I decided I enjoyed making Ma laugh more and I took the option of making more Ma's laugh. Now I'm a celebrity in my head ... and wrecking everybody else's ... so please come and see my show.

Q: If you weren't a comedian, what would you be?
Micheal Jackson's Lawyer

Q: How are you finding the circuit?
A: I'd call it more a circus than a circuit!

Q: Who are your comedic influences?
A: Eddie Naessens, Dave McSavage, Matt Sadler and a couple of mad bastards from Sligo … go on the Mac Morrow.

Q: Are you a naturally funny person?
A: Put it this way: Murphy's law tends to follow me everywhere.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
A: Settled with 3 children and a house in Louth ... oh and plenty of brown bread, boiling bacon and spuds and red lemonade and tayto crisps.

Q: What do you do to relax and wind-down?
A: If there's something out there that can relax me ... please call me!


 

BRENDAN BURKE

Q: Who are you?
A: Brendan Burke

Q: Where are you from?
A: Beaumont but live in Portmarnock now where they have a beach instead of a field with Decco loves Anto written on the walls.

Q: What do you do?
A: Stand Up Comedian

Q: What age are you?
A: 984

Q: Were you intent on being a stand-up leaving school, or had you other options?
A: I was a microbiologist. Yes I wore a white coat and stared down microscopes everyday. Riveting.

Q: If you weren't a comedian, what would you be?

A: A Golfer

Q: How are you finding the circuit?
A: Great. Millions of Comedy Clubs in UK.

Q: Who are your comedic influences?
A: Anto Griffin from Microbilogy Dept Beaumont and Phil Nickel comedian UK circuit

Q: Are you a naturally funny person?
A: So I am told

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
A: Playing more golf

Q: What do you do to relax and wind-down?
A: Stare at Lisa the weather girl on Sky News

Q: Do you go to comedy gigs yourself?
A: Usually when I am on the bill.

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