An Irishman Abroad

Oliver Callan: Behind The Masks

October 23, 2021
Rocky is a very boring movie if he never gets knocked down. You may not know it but our guest this week hit the canvas harder than most. Comedian, writer and broadcaster Oliver Callan joins Jarlath for rare conversation about his early life, new series and that fall from grace. Oliver opens up to Jarlath about finding his niche in a busy impressionist market, how his talent protected him from being bullied at school and he tells the shocking story of escaping from an abusive relationship involving coercive control. Listeners will also be surprised to hear about that part of his career he wishes he could delete.
There’s time to fondly remember Dermot Morgan, a look at why he resisted the urge to travel and Paul Galvin's efforts to stop him performing. We get his thoughts on censorship, his "slight obsession" with Marion Finucane and much more. This is one of those chats where you will want to hear every single minute. So why not pop over to to hear this (and every) episode in full and to gain access to the entire back-catalogue of over 500 Irishman Abroad episodes that are not available on iTunes for just the price of a pint every month.

Supplementary research provided by John Meagher.

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