Arts Q&A: Comedian Rory O'Connor on The Dubliners, Ed Sheeran and Bob Marley

Jenny Lee puts performers and artists on the spot about what really matters to them. This week, comedian Rory O'Connor

Rory O’Connor’s madcap social media videos (and his two spin-off Rory’s Stories guidebooks) catapulted him into the comedy limelight

1. When did you think about a career in comedy and what were your first steps into it?

I did a charity gig in my local pub and just went off the cuff for 15 minutes. I thought it was great at the time but, looking back on it now, it was brutal. But sure ya have to start somewhere.

2. Best gigs you’ve been to?

Christy Moore in Vicar Street, U2 in Croke Park and Ed Sheeran in Croke Park would stand out as my top three. Unbelievable music and atmosphere and I'll never forget them.

3. Fantasy wedding/birthday party band?

If I can pick from bands who are dead or alive, it would have to be The Dubliners, with Luke Kelly at the helm. He’s my favourite singer of all time.

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

It would have to be Don’t Worry, Be Happy by Bob Marley. That song would give me a boost when I really need it and I feel like being stuck on a desert island you’d need all the positivity you could get.

5. And the book?

The Green Platform by Declan Coyle. It's all about being positive.

6. Top three films?

Dumb and Dumber, The Shawshank Redemption and Forrest Gump.

7. Worst film you’ve seen? Snakes on a Plane. It just made no sense.

8. Favourite authors?

I'm not mad into reading books.

9. Sports you most enjoy and top teams?

Rugby, GAA (Meath) and golf (Tiger Woods).

10. Ideal holiday destination?

Definitely Florida. I'm a big kid and I love the theme parks in Florida. I’ve been a few times as a kid with my family and again with my wife, so I have so many memories. I’m also getting into golfing more, so hopefully I’ll be able to go over soon enough and play there.

11. Pet hate?

People talking to me when I’m eating my dinner and people putting a dribble of milk back in the fridge.

12. What’s your favourite:

Dinner? Chicken stir-fry.

Dessert? Banoffee.

Drink? Guinness.

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

Tony Morgan. We grew up together, and he's the only lad I know that is 100 per cent madder than me.

14. Is there a God?

I hope so.

Rory's Stories, the stand-up show from Rory O'Connor which takes a funny and frank look at every aspect of Irish life, will be touring this autumn, including at Enniskillen's Ardhowen Theatre (October 24), Armagh's Market Place Theatre (October 25) and St Enda's GAA Club, Omagh (November 9). Tickets from venue box offices and Ticketmaster (Omagh show)

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