Seamus Kelly with The Comedy Cast.
We speak about why Irish people put a goat on top of some scaffolding,
Where his cynical sense of humour comes from,
Being open about his mental health issues and
His experiences of running a comedy night in rural Ireland.
Hello and welcome back to The Comedy Cast.
We speak about how a Kilkenny man ended up in rural Kerry; for love and he speaks openly about how he didn’t really like where he grew up and how it tends to bring back bad memories.
We talk about that common thing Irish artsy-types have of wanting to always get away. We chat then about where Seamus has ended up in Kerry, a small village called Castlemaine. Well-known for the song The Croppy Boy. It’s such a mighty part of the world, if you get a chance to go to Kerry, go.
We speak about Kerry’s maddest festival the Poc Fair, a festival where they put a wild goat on top of a platform, 3-stroeys up in the air, for 3 days and the town gets drunk for a few days.
Seamus’ sense of humour can be extremely dark at times, cynical and really cutting. It’s a style of humour that personally I love and wish there was more of. So we speak about it for a while and we talk about how that kind of humour was natural to him and how he uses comedy and jokes to work out his thoughts and views on both topical and personal subjects.
We get talking then about a comedy night Seamus used to run in Tralee in Kerry and the challenges involved with running a comedy night in rural Ireland, we speak about the highs and lows of it and whether or not he’d like to get back into it.
Seamus is very open about his issues with mental health, he tells me about trying to commit suicide a few years ago and we get talking about his issues here. I’ve never suffered from depression so I wanted to ask Seamus more about it and how it’s treated and how he battles with it.
Irish listeners will already know about this, but in the Irish media it’s common to hear the phrase ‘it’s OK not to be OK sometimes’ we get talking about this and vent our shared frustration that we don’t buy it and that the Irish media are being disingenuous when they say it. They’re doing it rather to be politically correct rather than actually caring about mental health issues.
We talk about the George Hook shenanigans, the hypocrisy of the media in it, indeed the theocracy of the media in general and how it’s all just a game to sell ad space really.
We return to comedy then and speak about the differences between performing in front of rural audiences and town/city audiences. Cork and Mullingar come in for particular praise.
We also get talking about the sketch videos that Seamus posts to his Facebook page, check them, the link is below, because they’re extremely funny and you get a real sense of Seamus’ wicked sense of humour.
We speak then about Inside the Kingdom, a satirical Facebook page when Seamus endeavours to inform the world about what’s going on i Kerry and tells a hilarious story about an article he wrote making fun of the Rose of Tralee.
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