Sunday 20 August 2017

Apres Match star Gary Cooke: ‘Bono’s mates warned me not to impersonate him’

Members of Apres Match Barry Murphy, Risteard Cooper & Gary Cooke during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Members of Apres Match Barry Murphy, Risteard Cooper & Gary Cooke during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
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Apres Match’s Gary Cooke admitted that Bono’s friends warned him not to impersonate the U2 front man on the show.

The RTE star, best known for his nail-on-the-head impersonations of pundit Eamon Dunphy, said that the U2 star’s mates told him to “steer clear” of impersonating him.

“I remember some of Bono’s mates telling me my impression of Bono was not really good enough. And really, to steer clear, that I shouldn’t be doing it,” said Cooke according to The Sunday Mirror.

“His Praetorian Guard kind of threatened me, you know? In a kind of nuanced, humorous way.

“But I knew they were kind of, they were like best friends on the payroll. ‘You’re not allowed to say that’ – some people kind of see themselves as above it,” he said.

However, the star, who has thrilled the nation with his co-stars Barry Murphy and Risteard Cooper since 1998, admitted he is not concerned about hurting anyone’s feelings.

Bono’s friends were unhappy about Cooke's impersonation on Apres Match
Bono’s friends were unhappy about Cooke's impersonation on Apres Match

“There are people who feel ‘I’m not a legitimate target’. Fintan O’Toole was like that as well.

“He couldn’t understand why it was being done. Or that, he doesn’t see himself as part of that celebrity discourse.

“But that’s not really what we do. We take the piss out of the people who, generally, think an awful lot of themselves and what they say,” he said.

The funnyman also credited Eamon Dunphy for the Apres Match’s longevity and said it would not have been possible without the panel.

“The biggest thing about Apres Match was the panel. If they hadn’t existed then Apres Match wouldn’t have existed.

“If Dunphy hadn’t gone off on one during the game against Egypt in the 1990 World Cup, his legend might not be so big.”

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