TAKE 4 COMEDIANS ...

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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ARTIST INTERVIEW: Ciara Foster

May 31, 2005

"I would advise other artists just starting out to persevere in applying for different things and not to be disheartened by the rejections which are sure to be many."
(Ciara Foster, May 2005)

ARTIST INTERVIEW: Ciara Foster / 31 May 2005



BRIEF INTRODUCTION:

Ciara Foster took up the studio residency for six months in Draíocht from mid December 2004.

Ciara is a textile artist who specialises in embroidery and now works in a variety of media such as grass and straw sculpture, drawing and painting. In her sculptural work Ciara uses natural and recycled materials made in response to the environment and often abandons them to decompose back to their origins.

Foster graduated with a BA in Design specialising in textiles in 1998 and an MA in design specialising in textiles in 2003. She has exhibited widely including the Knit and Stitch show at the RDS 1996 and 2003, Sculpture and Context 2004 the MCAC open submission Textile Art Exhibition 2004. In June 2004 she spent a one-month residency at the Hall Farm Centre for Arts and Education in Vermont, US.






Q: Tell us a little about yourself, your background, where you're from?
A: I am originally from Clondalkin. I have always enjoyed Art and have been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. After I left school I spent a year in Ballyfermot Art College doing a portfolio preparation course in ‘Art, design and Craft’. This introduced me to new crafts such as tapestry, weaving and creative embroidery, the latter of which I had never even heard of before. I became really interested in texture and mixed media and with the idea of using unusual materials to create the surface I wanted.

After this I went to NCAD. The first year in NCAD was pretty much a continuation of what I had already been doing in Ballyfermot. After the first year I chose to specialise in textiles and in third year I narrowed my choice down to embroidered textiles. In the final year I decided to create textile art as opposed to designing textiles for either fashion or the textile industry, which were the other two avenues I could have taken.

After this I took about two years off, working and travelling but keeping visual journals all the time which allowed me to keep making art, if only for myself.

A year after I returned I decided to go back to NCAD where I did a full time MA in design.




Q: How long have you been a Textile Artist and why choose an arty profession over a more conventional career like being an accountant or working in an office for instance?

A:
I guess I have been a textile artist since I left college although I took two years off straight after college to work and save money so that I could travel for the year. In the beginning I chose to do art because it was something I was good at and it was what I enjoyed the most. I was naïve in that I used to think that being good at art was all it took to make a career out of it. Some days I wish I had chosen a more conventional career just so that I wouldn’t have to worry about whether I am wasting a lot of energy and time on something I may never make a living from. However I know for a fact that I would never be happy in a more conventional job.

Q: Do you have a conventional job to supplement your income as an artist and if yes does it interfere with your creativity and focus?

A:
Yes I do have a conventional job, I work in a bookstore. I have gone part time since I took up the residency at Draíocht. Sometimes I think working is good for me as you need to step back and take a look at your work so maybe being away from it for a few days helps a bit. On the downside I think I would have a lot more energy and my work would be better if I was able to donate more of my time completely to it, and of course I would get a lot more done. In college, we had a lot of different art projects going on at once and I loved this. If I was able to donate all of my time to art I think I would have a few things going on at once in the studio. When you have a conventional job this also forces you to keep conventional hours so no matter how creative you may be feeling you can’t stay up until 2am when you have an early start the next morning!



Q: What other people or artists have influenced or inspired you?

A: The main person who has inspired me would be my tutor from college, Nigel Chesney whose own work and energy is inspirational in itself. After that I am inspired by the people out there who are proving that you can make a successful living as an artist.

Lots of different artists have inspired me, some for only a short amount of time and others forever. I chop and change whom I like. Off the top of my head, of the very well known artists, I like Duchamp, Joseph Cornell, Basquiat and Andy Goldsworthy. Some of the lesser known ones would be Candy Jernigan, Sophie Ryder and Deborah Butterfield, but really I think that there are too many to mention.

Q: How do you keep motivated if you are having a bad day?

A:
If something is not working out and I’m having a bad day, I take this as a sign that I just have to walk away and leave it for a while. I’ll usually do something totally unrelated, try and put it to the back of my mind so that I can come back to it with a fresh and hopefully more positive outlook.



Q: How have you handled the business side of being an artist, promoting yourself and getting exposure? Have you sold any of your work?

A:
I wouldn’t say that I have handled the business side of being an artist very well. I think that it is something that takes a lot of your energy and time, so I’m inclined to ignore it a bit. I guess if I hadn’t got a conventional job I could devote more time to it. I have sold work very sporadically to say the least over the past few years. I certainly haven’t made any money.

Q: Have you had any Exhibitions?

A:
I have never had a solo exhibition or in fact I have never applied anywhere to have a solo exhibition, but I have been in many group exhibitions.

Q: Could you tell us a little more about your time as Artist in Residence in Draíocht's Artists Studio? How valuable is this time for you and are you working towards anything in particular?

A:
Having the studio in Draíocht has been great. It is a really good space. It takes a while to get used to the big glass window, but after a while you start to love the very fact that it feels so open and you forget that people can look in and see you. Having the studio was really good for me as it provided me with the huge amount of space I needed. It was really good to be able to leave the studio in a mess and pick up were I left off the next time I came back. With the work that I have made I have been applying for different exhibitions around the country.

Q: What advice would you give other artists just starting out?

A:
I would advise other artists just starting out to persevere in applying for different things and not to be disheartened by the rejections which are sure to be many. I would also advise them to only apply for things that they really feel that their work is suited to.

 



Take a look at Ciara's website:  http://www.freewebs.com/ciarafoster

Further information please contact: Nicola Murphy, Marketing Press & PR Manager, Draíocht / Tel: 8098021

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