You have to be joking? Ciaran Dowd


The joke that you loved but no one else did?

With the sketch group BEASTS we wrote an opera set at Crufts with the three of us as competing dogs – that never even made it in front of an audience. We performed it once for our director Tom Parry who hated it so much it got immediately cut, never to see the light of day. I had completely forgotten about it until I recently had my itunes on shuffle and it came on and I’m convinced it’s the greatest thing we ever did.

The joke that worked but you are not so proud that it had?

Well it’s not a joke, but my sweaty chubby bare arse being out can invoke a reaction from an audience unlike anything else – especially fun to play with its proximity to audience. To be clear I’m not saying my arse is special – although I’m not saying it’s not either. I don’t think we could write a show without it now.

The comedian(s) that made you want to be a comedian?

Well when I was just a young pup running around Ireland, it was Tommy Tiernan, Jason Byrne, and David O’Doherty. Father Ted, Jim Carrey and Rowan Atkinson all had a huge effect on me too. But when I came across the water to my first fringe – I remember Daniel Kitson being so impossibly good that it actually put me off – I thought I can’t do that, what’s the point. But he feels the same now about my arse.

The last thing that made you cry with laughter?

Well you kids are probably too young to remember Vines, but maybe once a month I’ll get lost for hours in a black hole of compilations on Youtube. And whether it’s the grandmother getting beeped at and throwing her milk away or “F**k it up Kenneth”, I always laugh till I feel real pain. Vines were when comedy and humanity peaked and its no surprise to me that it’s been all Trump and Brexit since it shut down.

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