Ardal O’Hanlon

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IRISH comedian, actor and writer Ardal O’Hanlon talks to BBM’s SIAN GAMMIE about his upcoming Australian Tour, life after Father Ted and why he’d rather be called Frank.

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What should we expect from your Australian tour this year?
It’s a show that I’ve been doing for the last year or so. It’s a show about life. Well, it’s really just me trying to make sense of the world. A world that gets increasingly more confusing every month. It’s stuff about everything. The world, life, relationships.

When did you decide you wanted to get into comedy?
I just never really wanted to go to work. I really just had this genuine aversion to work. I kind of drifted into it, one thing lead to another and before I knew it, it was my job and it was my life, you know 24 hours a day.

So is that the reason you started The International Comedy Cellar in Ireland?
Absolutely.

We just wanted to do this new kind of comedy and we just sort of made it up as we went along. Not with any great expectations, that’s important to note [laughs]. We really were doing it for our own amusement. And it just sort of went from strength to strength.

One of my favourite things you’ve said was, “Hi my name’s Ardal, for want of a better name.” What would you rather be called?
Pele? I dunno [laughs] I actually use the pseudonym “Frank” quite a lot. When I ring for takeaway Chinese my name’s Frank.

I’ve never heard of it. I just assumed it was Irish.
It is an Irish name, it is. It’s the first thing people ask me “that’s a weird name, where’d you get a name like that?” It is actually a really old Irish name. And it literally means “Great Courage”.

Have you been living up to it?
Not at all, no. It’s totally inappropriate.

Ardal O’Hanlon will tour his show in April with dates in Perth, Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane as well as appearing as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival

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