Today, in The Comedy Cast, we speak to Irish stand-up comedian Andrew Dorman. We speak about history in comedy, why being a hypochondriac means you’re a nice person, and why you shouldn’t always tell the truth in stand-up comedy.
We kick off the fancy internet speaking about how Andrew is still quite new to stand-up, and just how and why he ended up in the wonderful world of stand-up comedy.
Now, we’ve had plenty of people on the podcast who have attending comedy courses, but Andrew is surprisingly our first Irish guest who has attended an Irish stand-up comedy course. Having attended Ciaran McMahon’s stand-up comedy course in Dublin, we speak about some of the things that he learned and what still sticks out that he applies while on stage.
We explore the concept of telling the truth in comedy, and about how sometimes-if not most of the times, it can lead to a bit of trouble in relationships.
Andrew is in the middle of studying for his Ph.D in history, and being a huge fan of Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History podcast, we discuss whether it’s considered “real history”. As well, I ask the sweeping question of why people just don’t learn from history, and different societies continue to make the same mistakes as previous ones.
What Exactly Did We Talk About?
Warning, we geek out a bit here because I’m a history nerd, and Andrew spoke of his studies. We also discuss why there’s no famous Irish professors on Irish television and how we don’t really do educational television in Ireland in the same way that BBC have people like Brian Cox, Michael Mosley, John Wass, Iain Stewart, etc.
On Andrew’s YouTube videos he speaks about his epilepsy, to which we discuss how he was diagnosed, how the particular type of epilepsy he has is treated, and how it’s pretty much under control now. We also cover hypochondria, and it turns out we’re both kind of ones! This leads to Andrew’s theory about why nice people are hypochondriacs rather than egoists.
We speak then for a little bit about his influences, and how his passion for history ties into his comedy. We cover the comedy scene in Ireland, speaking about the other avenues that comedians can use to gain a good reputation on the scene, and as well as the opportunities that comedy can lead to.
The topic of the disconnect between online media and the older school also comes up. Irish television doesn’t seem to care that Irish comedians are getting huge views and success online, and prefer to stick with the tried and trusted. But the argument can also be made that YouTube “stars” are getting fans from all over the world and may not work well on traditional television. Still though, in my opinion, they should be given a chance rather than ignored. But that’s just me, always fighting for the little man.
So that’s it folks, thanks to Andrew Dorman for joining me on The Comedy Cast, keep an eye out for his name at Irish comedy venues. We’ll be back next week with another interview from the world of stand-up comedy.
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