Brendan Courtney (Live at the Body and Soul Festival): Episode 93

27Jun

TV presenter, designer and entrepreneur Brendan Courtney joined Jarlath in a packed Vodafone Comedy Tent at the Body and Soul Festival last weekend to discuss his life and work in fashion and television. Brendan talks about writing Wanderlust which he subsequently sold to 19 countries, hating Off the Rails by the end, feeling like a fraud during the Brendan Courtney show, entering the business world with the Lennon Courtney brand and why he wouldn't host The Late Late Show. 

Brendan also discusses working in a fetish club with Rory O'Neill, being on the receiving end of homophobic abuse, experiencing self-doubt and why he feels it's "all over" for traditional media.

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Evanna Lynch: Episode 92

20Jun

When is calling home not the best thing to do? In this week's episode actress Evanna Lynch (Harry Potter, My Name Is Emily, G.B.F.) speaks to Jarlath about her life in LA and whether it is hard to function in an image obsessed industry when you've overcome an eating disorder. Evanna explains how our idea of Hollywood is not accurate, auditions, rejection, learning full self-respect, overcoming cynicism, the vacuum that Potter left behind and the phone conversations we don't necessarily need with our parents.

With a rare maturity beyond her 23 years, Evanna talks about why she believes in running towards fear, choosing her charity work carefully and why she thinks ambition in the arts might not be appreciated in Ireland as much as it is in America.

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Stephen Hunt: Episode 91

13Jun

In this week's episode Ipswich and Ireland midfielder Stephen Hunt talks to Jarlath about his career and some of the lessons he has learned along the way. Stephen speaks about jealousy and moaners in the dressing room, being crushed at Crystal Palace the day after receiving his first International under 21s cap, being a victim of José Mourinho's scrutiny, why Giovanni Trapattoni is a managerial genius who broke his heart and why he believes Raheem Sterling won't be leaving Liverpool this summer.

Stephen also discusses what makes a good agent, getting tired of the Stephen Ireland furore, the Jack Grealish question, what went wrong at Wolves, his regrets about not moving to Everton and much, much more.

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Jason Manford: Episode 90

6Jun

Jason Manford is one of the most fascinating guests ever to appear on the show. His story is a true rags to riches tale - including the heartbreaking account of Christmas being cancelled as a child, Bette Midler's rage over Jason's innocent request, his work addiction, why cursing is holding some comedians back and how Ricky Gervais inadvertently threw a spanner in the works of his first Edinburgh show.

Jason also tells the story of turning around a show from nothing into being a Perrier Award nominee in just four weeks before speaking frankly about the struggle of fatherhood following his divorce and the ramifications of making mistakes as a person in the public eye.

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Shane Allen: Episode 89

30May

This week Shane Allen, the BBC's Controller of Comedy Commissioning, talks to Jarlath about his lifelong obsession with comedy, how he went to Edinburgh University specifically to hang out at the Fringe during the summer, getting his big break on the 11 O'Clock Show and the bizarre experience of shooting Ali G with Sasha Baron Cohen in Northern Ireland.

It's a very rare insight into the man in charge of the BBC's multimillion pound comedy budget including his thoughts on spotting and nurturing talent, why things rarely end well for people in his position, an admission about Mrs Brown's Boys and much, much more.

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Michael Smiley (Live at the Museum of Comedy, London): Episode 88

23May

Michael Smiley makes a welcomed return appearance to An Irishman Abroad in front of a live audience to discuss his upcoming film Lobster in which he stars alongside Colin Farrell, why he avoids thinking about working with Martin Scorsese, his history with drugs and alcohol as well as revisiting how he wound up homeless in London with his newborn son.
Michael uses his incredible turn of phrase to talk about how growing up a minority in a majority area taught him to stand his ground, how he has taken time to believe in himself, rebuilding his fragile relationship with his father and what it means to be an actor.
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Fergal Devitt (Finn Bálor): Episode 87

16May

Fergal Devitt (aka Finn Bálor) is a professional wrestler who is currently making his name on the world stage with the WWE and this week he joins Jarlath to discuss the journey that took him from Bray to Florida. Fergal speaks about the guidance councillor at school who believed in him and the teacher who didn't, not getting paid for the first 6 years of his career, sleeping on the floor of the Hammerlock wrestling school and the role of an apprentice wrestler in Japan where he spent 8 years.

Fergal also talks about how completing 1,000 hindu squats in one set daily has strengthened him mentally, training at the WWE development facility, becoming Finn Balór in the ring, turning heel, experiencing loneliness on the road and how Father Ted and Lyons tea calms him down after performing in front of 10,000 wrestling fans.

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Paul Howard (Ross O’Carroll-Kelly): Episode 86

9May

Before Paul Howard became a million selling author with the hilarious Ross O'Carroll-Kelly series he was an award winning sports journalist. This week Paul joins Jarlath to talk about being raised Irish in London, how the election of a Tory government forced his family to leave, the impact the anti-English bullying of his classmates had upon him and how writing mock-reports on World Cup matches at the age of 11 eventually eventually lead to the real thing.

Paul also discusses the life of a journalist before the days of the internet, the teenager who inspired Ross O'Carroll-Kelly, the anxiety of taking Ross to the stage and how he narrowly avoided prison when "ANGLO: The Musical" was accused of being in contempt of court.

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Rory O’Neill (Panti Bliss): Episode 85

2May

Rory O'Neill is a performer, businessman and gay rights activist who is most well known for his 'gender discombobulist' act Panti Bliss. This week he speaks passionately to Jarlath about the circumstances which led to his infamous Noble Call speech, how defending his views could have caused him bankruptcy, being diagnosed with HIV, growing up in an Ireland where homosexuality was illegal and battling against the distractions of the 'no' campaign in the gay marriage referendum.

Rory also gives some incredible advice on coming out to one's parents and talks about his move to Tokyo as a teenager where he lived for five years, his reaction to RTÉs handling of a defamation case in which he was the centre, how the weight of his words has increased recently and what he feels the impact will be in Ireland if the referendum doesn't pass.

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Ger Gilroy: Episode 84

25Apr

Ger Gilroy is one of Ireland's most recognisable names in sports broadcasting. This week he gives a very rare insight into his life and the journey which has seen him at the forefront of Newstalk since its inception in 2002. Ger talks about his time reporting in Haiti, starting Ireland's first ever nightly sports show just weeks before it all kicked off in Saipan, falling in and out of love with his work and how he found out that he was losing his job at Newstalk in the Irish Times.

Ger speaks honestly about never fearing for the future of Second Captains while giving his version of events as to how to the lads parted ways with Newstalk, his reluctance to return to current affairs broadcasting, the impact breakfast radio had on his life, why he believes radio is disposable, his desire for a 24 hour sports station in Ireland before giving his thoughts on the current state of Ireland and the gay marriage referendum.

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