Monday 24 October 2016

Five things you never knew about Irish comedian Oliver Callan

Published 20/09/2015 | 18:31

Oliver Callan
Oliver Callan
Oliver callan
Oliver Callan: We all spend our lives worrying about the future, until we have none. Photo: Gerry Mooney

The mimic opened up to the Sunday Independent and shared what a typical day in his life is like.

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1. He doesn't do healthy breakfast.

"First I open the press containing all the porridge, muesli and flaxseeds but it all went off two years ago and I know this, so I have toast and eggs instead, comforted by the memory of those good intentions when I bought the healthy stuff.

"Often I will have two eggs.

"I don't believe in the claims that they are high in cholesterol because that ruins breakfast."

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2. He's a 'SoCoDu resident.

"I live in south county Dublin, where I moved a few years ago and set up a studio.

"This is a great place to live when your commute is a 10-minute walk, but I don't think it's safe, because people around here seem to be very fearful.

"It's beside the sea, so perhaps they live in dread of floods, because they drive huge trucks with fuel emissions that would embarrass a 1984 Ford Cortina.

3. He works from home.

"I work from home until lunchtime - it's too shameful to admit what I have for lunch; just look at my midriff in recent photos, and you'll have a good guess - then walk to the office.

"OK, sometimes I take the car, if it's raining. Or if there's rain forecast. Or someone has mentioned rain in the last seven days.

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4. He has to do A LOT of research.

"I have a few subscriptions so I don't miss anything, but I will usually get distracted and start watching videos and reading content irrelevant to the week's show.

"I've a show touring in the autumn; it won't actually get written - just abandoned, when I run out of time - and lots of gags will be improvised on the night.

"Don't tell anyone. They pay a lot to come in."

5. He likes to give himself a good scare.

"Before bed, I read things like John Connolly, which give me nightmares.

"I love nightmares. Mine are often directed by Stanley Kubrick.

"Before sleep I picture dreadful, evil people and fantasise about taking them out with a sniper rifle or a silenced revolver. It relaxes me.

"It's like the Tarantino version of counting sheep.

'Oliver Callan Live' is a night of music, satire and comdedy, at venues across Ireland until November 28.

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