Arts Q&A: Comedian William Caulfield on James Young, Dolly Parton and homemade mince and spuds

Jenny Lee puts performers and artists on the spot about what really matters to them. This week, comedian William Caulfield who is touring with his new theatre show One Hundred Years of 'Our Jimmy' to mark the centenary of James Young's birth

Comedian William Caulfield's news show is a tribute to the late great James Young

1. When did you think about becoming a comedian and what were your first steps into it?

There was no definite moment that I thought, "Guess what? I'm going to be a comedian." It was something that just happened after I heard that the 3,000th person had been killed here in Northern Ireland in our Troubles. As a fan of James Young, I wrote a poignant monologue about it in his style that I subsequently read out on BBC Radio Ulster. I then started to write humorous stuff and bit by bit, gig by gig, I progressed to being in the entertainment business full time.

2. Best gigs you've been to?

Not a great attender of gigs as I am usually busy but probably Dolly Parton in the then Odyssey Arena.

3. Fantasy wedding/birthday party band?

Creedence Clearwater Revival or Mumford and Sons.

4. The record you'd take to a desert island?

The original soundtrack recording of Phantom of The Opera.

5. And the book?

The Bible.

6. Top three films?

Dead Poets Society, Schindler's List, The Sound of Music.

7. Worst film you've seen?


8. Favourite authors?

Lee Child, Jack Higgins, Stephen Leather.

9. Sport you most enjoy and top team?

Formula 1, Mercedes AMG F1.

10. Ideal holiday destination?

The Maldives – it's my idea of absolute paradise.

11. Pet hate?

Unprofessionalism anywhere.

12. What's your favourite:

Dinner? Homemade mince and spuds

Dessert? Ice cream

Drink? Water

13. Who is your best friend and how do you know each other?

I have a few really good friends but as a constant throughout my life and even more so as I get older, my only brother.

14. Is there a God ?

Of course. Thankfully I have a personal relationship with Him.

:: William Caulfield's One Hundred Years of 'Our Jimmy' will be staged at Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen, on Friday April 27 and The Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena on Saturday April 28. Tickets available now from respective venues.

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