On today’s episode we speak to Veronica Kwiatkowski, a rising star of stand-up comedy in LA. Dermot Morgan is our Legend of Comedy, Mike McGrath Bryan is one of Cork’s finest music journalist, he joins us to speak about the music scene in Ireland, and myself and Seamus speak about Yes Days, comedians being mean to others and much more beside.
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First up on the Comedy Cast, comedy podcast, this week we speak about something a New York, well New Jersey, (same thing, right?) comedian who said, “You’re not a real comedian until you’ve gotten paid to host a gig, had to introduce one of your enemies, and whispered “Fuck you” into their ear immediately before they start their set.” Now, this got me thinking, how many times does this happen and do comedians admit to fucking people over. Well, our resident Seamus Kelly tell us, yea, pretty much, it certainly happens.
Next up we speak about the controversy that one of Rory’s Stories videos caused last week, you can check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKXGeeK4dvU. Again we tackle why everybody loves to get offended by comedy, the video touches on a subject that many people see on a daily basis, couple fighting but maybe some have read too much into it or maybe the video trivialises domestic abuse.
Veronica Kwiatkowski Interview
Our first guest on this week’s Comedy Cast, comedy podcast, is a rising star of the LA comedy scene, Veronica Kwiatkowski, we speak about how and why she got into comedy, her comedy night in Santa Monica, Funny as Fuck, and we get a bit nerdy on why the comedy in American clubs has to be so fast with punchlines.
Check out Veronica Kwiatkowski’s website, where you can watch her videos and get her social media profiles: https://www.veronicakallday.com/
Seamus and Spud are back then and they speak about Yes Days, this fad doing the rounds where parents give their children a day where they must say ‘yes’ to everything; pizza for breakfast, yes, kangeroo for lunch, err…yes, can get move granny to a nursing home, errr….you betcha. We speak about what our Yes Days would be like and Spud kills Santa Claus for his wife’s Yes Day.
We return to Ranker’s god awful Top 100 sitcoms, this week we go from 90-80 and there’s some terrible crap in there as you’ll discover.
Mike McGrath Bryan interview
Our music guest this week is Cork’s finest music journalist, Mike McGrath Bryan. Mike’s been someone that Spud has known for a long while now and they speak about their shared love for the Irish music scene, tackle the question of why Irish bands aren’t making it big internationally anymore and why highlighting new music is for the publis is such an important subject.
Finally then Spud and Seamus are back with their Legends of Comedy section where they induct their first Irishman, Dermot Morgan.
Dermot John Morgan was born in Dublin on March 31st, 1952. His father was a successful artist, a sculptor but died at a young age leaving his wife Hilda to raise Dermot and his brother and two sisters.
Dermot Mogan got his first chance at comedy and writing with the RTE television programme The Live Mike presented by Mike Murphy in 1979. Morgan admitted that he only got the gig thanks to being friends with the son of the producer’s sister. It’s never what you know folks, it’s always who.
Anyway, between 79-82 Morgan appeared on the show as a comedy character between segments in the programme but he also worked as a teacher during that time. His most famous character at that time was the Catholic priest Fr. Trendy, a priest who was cool and down with the kids, it was an obvious rip on Fr. Brian D’Arcy. He’ll be known to our Irish listeners, to our British and American listeners he’s a famous Irish priest who appears often on television but, for a priest, he’s quite progressive in his views. Dermot Morgan lampooned D’Arcy as he saw that it was him just playing a role as trying to be the cool priest so he could get on television.
He also had a character that poked fun at rural Ireland, by playing a GAA obsessed bigot and he constantly made little of the IRA during this time too.
Morgan’s relationship with RTE was always a little strained though ans during the 80s Morgan was part of numerous television pilots that never made it to air. There was no denying that comedy in Ireland was in good shape at the time but for television they were too rowdy and for conservative Catholic Ireland they were always on the wrong side of the line. Morgan pretty much spent his career trampling on that unseeable line.
Radio though was a format that was more open to Dermot’s satirisation of Irish life and the Scrap Saturday radio show of the 1980s, well it ran until 1991 was the perfect vehicle for his humour. Along with Pauline MyLynn, who he starred with later in Fr. Ted, and Gerard Stembridge and Owen Roe the programme was a weekly lookback at Irish politics and they went to town on their targets. The biggest of which being Irish Taoiseach, or Prime Minister during that time period, the controversial Charles Haughey. In 1991 the show was axed, no reason was given but we all know it was because it was pissing off the wrong people.
Around this time Irish writer Graham Linehan and Arthur Mathews were writing a comedy programme lampooning the irish Catholic priesthood and seeing Dermot Morgan out of work and him already having played Fr. Trendy for many years they had found their leading man for what would become Fr. Ted.
We all know Fr. Ted so we don’t need to go into it here but suffice to say it’ll be remember as one of the best sitcoms in British television history. Most of the actors were Irish but it was made in Britain, make of that what you will.
The show was huge and made Morgan a star in Britain as well as Ireland, it also launched the career of Ardal O’Hanlan outside of Ireland, Graham Norton was a recurring character and it was, still is, a bit of a who’s who of Irish stand-up comedy at the time. Indeed Ardal O’Hanlan blamed Tommy Tiernan for Dermot Morgan’s death and to be honest I could find out if he was joking or not….
On February 28th 1998, a day after recording the last episode of Father Ted, Morgan suffered a heart attack while hosting a dinner party at his home in London. He was rushed to the hospital, but died soon afterwards. Tiernan had been messing up his scene and Morgan had to do the dance steps, which probably did nothing good for his heart…anyway, he was probably joking. Morgan was a drinker and a very heavy smoker.
At the time of his death Morgan been working on a sitcom about two retired footballers living in a flat in England which was going to star him and Mel Smith, unfortunately it has never been filmed but you never know it may see the light of day some time.
Dermot Morgan was such an important figure in Irish culture that his funeral was attended by both Mary McAlese, the President and the previous president Mary Robinson, there’s been a gaping hole in Irish comedy for political satire since Morgan died and thanks to our idiot libel and blasphemy laws we’ll not see the like of Dermot Morgan for a long, long time
A quote then to finish….”Before Ted, my fame ended at Howth, there’s something disingenuous about comedians saying, `oh fame’s so heavy’. Obviously sometimes it’s intrusive, but it’s ungrateful to bellyache about the effects of fame if you’ve actively sought it. If you don’t like it, then piss off and sell insurance.” Source
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