Wednesday 21 August 2019

'I haggled in Turkey over a fake Kawasaki wallet when I was 12 - and then lost it'

My money

Danny O'Brien
Danny O'Brien

The Irish comedian Danny O'Brien is a regular on Irish TV and radio - and he has also featured on the Comedy Channel. This years he was chosen to perform as part of the Best of the Edinburgh Fest show touring Australia. He recently opened for the American comedian Bill Burr in front of over 7,000 people in Dublin.

He is now touring nationwide with his show, Lock In, until May. For more details visit

What three things would you not be able to do without if you were tightening your belt?

My car, my phone and cheese. I cannot tour or function without all three.

What's the most expensive country you ever visited?

I just did some shows in Dubai where I foolishly got a small bag of laundry done in my hotel and was charged €150. It was mainly T-shirts and boxers that were not even worth that purchased new.

What's your favourite Irish coin?

The Irish one punt coin with the red deer on it was, and still is, my favourite coin, I remember my excitement as a kid when I first saw one after the transition was made from the punt note.

Apart from property, what's the most expensive thing you have ever bought?

I've no property purchased just yet so, until then, it would probably be a car (or two). Though my laptop is probably worth the same as my current car and motorbike combined.

What was your biggest financial mistake?

I haven't made any huge mistakes. I only broke even the first few years I performed at the Edinburgh Fringe, which felt like a mistake at the time - but it was an important learning curve and the building block of my career.

What was your best financial killing?

My new show, Lock-In, sold out at the Galway Arts Festival - followed by 26 shows at the Edinburgh Festival last year. That was great. I was also lucky to get a lot of voiceover work last year.

Are you better off than your parents?

If I am, it's only because I don't have kids!

If you won the Euromillions, what would you do with the money?

Look after my family financially, bring all my mates on a holiday somewhere and go to The Fat Duck restaurant in London to see what all the fuss is about. I'd definitely donate to some Irish charities I've worked with in the past that I know would do some great work with the money.

Your favourite song or tune about money?

Probably Mo Money Mo Problems. I just love the song and I think it's fairly on the ball with its message: "I don't know what they want from me, it's like the more money we come across the more problems we see."

Have you ever made an insurance claim?

Yes - when I used my health insurance to get 50pc of the cost of a dental check-up back.

iTunes or Spotify?

Spotify - I love it and use it every day.

What was the last thing you bought online?

I bought Matty Matheson: A cookbook on Amazon. I have an unhealthy amount of cookbooks.

Would you buy Irish property now?

Not yet - I think we may be heading for a more subtle crash than 2008 and 2009, so I think I'll hold off a while.

Are you a spender or a saver?

I work constantly, so I don't have much time to spend - which I suppose makes me a saver.

Do you ever haggle?

I think I haggled in Turkey over a fake Kawasaki wallet when I was about 12 and then lost it before the end of the holiday.

Are you a materialistic person?

Not really, I need certain material things to function as an adult and to have a career. I much prefer good times over nice things.

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