Friday 26 December 2014

O Briain can't watch himself on TV

Published 03/03/2014 | 00:17

Dara O Briain doesn't watch himself on television
Dara O Briain doesn't watch himself on television

Dara O Briain has admitted he can't bear to watch himself on screen because in his head he looks so different.

The Irish comic joked that it would ruin his self-worth if he were to catch sight of himself on one of his programmes.

"In my head, I'm a slim man with a full head of hair who moves like a cat and never mumbles. In reality, that's not the case," the 6ft 4in star explained.

"Why would I destroy my feelings of self-worth by ever watching myself? I'd just sit going, 'How has this man managed to create a career in communications?'."

Dara will be back on our screens next month for the third series of number-crunching show School Of Hard Sums, in which he and Oxford professor Marcus du Sautoy attempt to solve head-scratching conundrums.

Over the eight episodes, he will be joined by comic stars including Not Going Out's Lee Mack, Smack The Pony's Sally Phillips and Scottish stand-up Kevin Bridges.

He is also planning a new stand-up tour which will kick off in Ireland at the end of this year and come to the UK in 2015.

"I haven't toured for about a year now and I'm really eager to get back on. You ache for it," Dara admitted.

"All this TV stuff and the lights and all that, you just want it to be you and the crowd. That is the finest thing. You produce the show, you direct the show, you do it all as it's going along, you change the show, you re-edit the show all while it's happening. It's risk and reward and it could go hideously wrong, but when it goes well it's brilliant."

:: Dara O Briain: School Of Hard Sums returns to Dave on Tuesday, March 4.

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