Ardal O'Hanlon: It's all about ME!
By Andy White, Cambridge Comedy Festival director
Ardal O'Hanlon tells Andy White about his globe-trotting comic adventures, and why it's always all about HIM! O'Hanlon performed an exclusive on-off set at the Cambridge Comedy Festival in June 2009.
The brilliantly off-the-wall Irish stand-up and actor, Ardal O'Hanlon, came to this year's Cambridge Comedy Festival to perform a rare, live exclusive set on Friday 19th June.
Cambridge Comedy Festival director, Andy White, caught up with Ardal O'Hanlon on tour in China
What are you up to in China? Are you allowed to tell us what you're working on out there?
It's no secret. I'm actually doing a mini stand-up tour of China. I'm not a spy, honest. In fact I have spent most of this year to date playing in far-flung places - US, Middle East, French Alps and now... Cambridge!
The theme as ever is myself. Stand-up for me is a very personal medium. By and large you find yourself basing most lines and routines on things that have actually happened to you, feelings you have towards others, attitudes and reactions to the world around you. Essentially it's the comedian's role to put into words what everybody else is thinking.
I only wear the matador stuff in the privacy of my own home. In the past I occasionally did My Lovely Horse as an encore because I was conscious that a lot of the audience were Father Ted fans. But generally I try and make a clear distinction between the stand-up persona and TV characters.
Sadly Dylan is not in it. It's a bleak comedy featuring Ewen Bremner and I as a pair of misfits who end up working in a Famine Theme Park in Ireland. It should be released this autumn. (I am, as it happens, doing a short tour of the US with Dylan Moran and Tommy Tiernan in June!)
Definitely. Skins is great from that point of view. They make a virtue of comedians playing against type.
At a football match in Istanbul, this guy who worked for the Turkish FA declared himself my biggest fan and insisted I join his family for dinner!
last updated: 22/06/2009 at 11:27
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