Hello Monkies,

Well Podarooney is well up and running now and I’ve had some great chats with Stephanie Roche, Patrick McDonnell, Fred Cooke and Malachy McCourt. I am honing my interview technique and Lesson 1 was not to go, “yeah……yeah…..yeah….yeah” while people are talking. Lesson 2,  I learnt last week when I chatted to Steve Wall; we spoke for 2 hours for what should be at most an hour and ten minute interview. Editing it down was a pain in the arse so from now on I’ll be much stricter on my interviewees if they stray off the point. I’ll be like, “yeah, whatever, blah blah blah, get to the point”. Oh and lesson 3, I learnt in New York while interviewing Malachy McCourt; always bring spare batteries for your Zoom H2n recorder. You can find Podarooney on iTunes or Stitcher.

The gigs in the States went really well, especially in Manhattan and Pittsburgh. I’ll be back in The States in August for the Milwaukee Irish Festival and plans are afoot to go back and do a tour around October/November. I am also doing a Middle East tour with Whose Line Is It Anyway in May. I don’t have the exact details but we are definitely doing Oman and Dubai and possibly Bahrain and Abu Dabhi. I am told I may be staying in a hotel where you get a gondola from your room to reception. So either it’s a ridiculously posh hotel or it has flood damage. I am also doing a few stand up gigs later on in the year in Dubai. I was there a few years ago and one day I was on the metro thinking to myself “ mmmm for some reason, today, ladies seem to be attracted to me” when a girl in uniform approached me and said, “excuse me sir, you are on the ladies carriage”.

I am shooting a couple of pilots for TV this week. Ye never know if anything will come of these but you’ve got to keep trying. It’s a mystery to me why some things get chosen for TV and others get turned down. It is particularly a mystery to me when my ideas get turned down because they are all genius ideas! However I will be appearing in Red Rock on TV3 in the coming week as an Elvis impersonator who gets beaten up by a rival. I don’t actually perform as Elvis in it, just look like an Elvis impersonator. I loved getting all the cuts and blood put on in make up. That was my first time having any special make up done to me. Usually I just get really beaten up, burnt, blown up or stabbed. That’s just how I roll. Daniel Day Whois?

Well I’m off to Bath on Friday for a couple of gigs and I’m interviewing Eleanor Tiernan and Cait O Riordan (formerly of the Pogues) in the coming week too. I love interviewing people, I really do. I like finding out about people and mostly people like talking about themselves. I think I could have been a good therapist but I’d be the type of therapist that would need a therapist also or I’d interrupt my patients saying, “ Ye think that’s bad? I had it much worse!”