Welcome back Bosco, you haven't aged a bit
THE return to Ireland of a certain country star may have lassooed the headlines in the early weeks of 2014 but a very different legend of the entertainment world is also about to re-enter the public eye in the coming days – Bosco!
The much-loved star of the Lambert Puppet Theatre company brought joy to hundreds of thousands of Irish childhoods and is now on his way to perform in a special show for boys and girls at the Wexford Opera House on Sunday, February 23. We caught up with him to see how he is doing after all of these years away from the glare of the camera spotlight...
Hello Bosco, how are tricks?
Tricks are very well, thank you, I have great manners don't I? I'm very busy getting ready for a show that I'm doing for all the boys and girls at the Laura Lynn tomorrow. That's what I do a lot of the time now, put on shows for little people all over the country.
Are you still living in that cosy little box?
I am, and you know what it's still as lovely and cosy and warm as ever. I tell you though, I went somewhere a little different last summer. I went to Fota in County Cork and spent the whole summer there with the giraffes and monkeys and those really fast things. What are they called again?
Yes, cheetahs, and I even got to feed the giraffes. They have really long tongues and you have to be careful that they don't lift you way up in the air.
Do you have to pay a property tax on the box?
No, sure it's too small. And besides, they can't find me!
When was your last TV appearance?
I was on the Late Late Toy Show at Christmas. I loved appearing with Ryan Tubridy. He's a very nice man and was very nice to all the boys and girls. He's really a big kid himself. I think he likes kids better than adults. I do too, because they are much better craic.
Are kids these days any different to years ago?
Not one bit. People tell me kids have changed and they play computer games all day now, but the kids that come to my show are just as nice and fun-loving as they were years ago.
You have lovely hair, who looks after it for you?
Thank you. I mostly look after it myself but I have a good friend called Johnny who takes care of it if it gets too long. He also looks after my clothes and things for me. I thought about getting a mohican once but Johnny told me it wasn't really me. I've kept the same style through the years because as the saying goes 'if it's not broke don't fix it'.
Do you have an iPod?
Not at all, I have a CD player and a record player that I bought in a car boot sale. I love listening to LPs on my really old turntable and I can listen to my record which I brought out years ago which was called 'Bosco Sings'.
What music do you listen to these days?
Oh, I like One Direction and like everyone else I'm listening to a bit of Garth Brooks now too. I also like classical music and tune into Lyric FM quite a bit. I love listening to Marty Whelan but I haven't met him yet. I'd like to though.
Would you ever go on a reality TV show like I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here?
Oh no. I might get scared in the jungle and they would make me eat yukky things. I'd be too afraid that I would say the wrong thing on one of those shows and get myself into a whole lot of trouble.
Who cooks for you?
I love to cook. I make yummy brownies, spaghetti and my speciality is baked potatoes. My favourite meal is a jacket potato with baked beans in the middle of it. Hmmm.
How old are you, Bosco?
I'm five, always five.
Where are your friends the Tongue Twisters these days?
The two of them retired before their heads finally flew off, and moved somewhere down the country.
What can the kids expect at the show in the Opera House on February 23?
We have a great show lined up for all the boys and girls. First of all, I do my show which is set in my garden and all my friends come along for a visit. Then after that Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs comes on – I can't wait. It's going to be lots and lots of fun.
Finally, what do you think is the most fun thing to do in the whole world?
The zoo. I love going to the zoo whenever I can. And if the zoo is closed, I love going swimming, or sailing in a boat. I've never been on a boat that goes on the sea, just the river. I went on a boat in Carrick-On-Shannon which is really really far away a while ago, and it was lovely.
Have you ever been on a cruise?
No, they are for old people aren't they?
Mostly, and honeymooners.
I know what a honeymooner is. That's when the sun and moon smile at each other for ages. Isn't it?
Ok Bosco, it's been lovely talking to you. Good luck with the show.
Thank you, and have a nice day.
* Bosco makes a cameo appearance in the Lambert Puppet Theatre production of Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs in Wexford Opera House on Sunday, February 23, 2014 in the Jerome Hynes Theatre at 2pm & 4pm. Tickets are €10 and are available online at www.wexfordoperahouse.ie or ring box office on 053 912 2144.