Friday 20 September 2019

‘If that’s what you want to do it’s not for me’: Comedian Dara O’Briain likens Katie Hopkins’ gig to shovelling elephant excrement at the circus

Dara O'Briain on the Late Late Show
Dara O'Briain on the Late Late Show

Patricia Murphy

Comedian Dara O’Briain shared his thoughts on the controversial appearance of Kate Hopkins on last night’s Late Late Show and likened her gig to “shovelling s**t” at the circus.

The London-based comedian appeared on the RTE couch after Hopkins had departed and joked about her position as the villain of show business.

Speaking in mock-shock O’Briain asked Ryan Tubridy: “Was she controversial, did she do controversial things? Was she naughty, was she?”

“I’m not patting her on the back for that because I think it’s a weird job. It’s a strange thing because it’s a gig. It is a gig like mine.

“People who do that gig and whose job it is to be that person and say those things, it’s no more than a gig,” he said.

The comedian proceeded to tell a joke about a man running into his old friend, who turns out to be working at the circus, shovelling elephant excrement.

“The guy goes, ‘Oh what do you do at the circus’ and your man goes, ‘I shovel s**t for the elephants’. The man tells his friend that it sounds like a terrible job, why would he want to do that and his old friend just goes ‘What and leave show business?’

“That’s the gig, that’s essentially her gig. If that’s what you want to do, it’s not for me,” he said.

The Mock the Week presenter was in Dublin to attend an alumni event in University College Dublin, from where he graduated in 1994.

O’Briain revealed that the event was a chance for him to give something back to UCD and presented the university with a book he stole 20 years ago.

“I always felt like I should give something back and tonight I got that chance to give something back to UCD as a thank you for all that I had taken from it because in 1994 when I was doing my finals I walked out of the library with one of the books in my bag and it didn’t go off.

“I kept the book and I have had it for over 20 years. It’s a really serious Maths textbook and then I got in contact with them on Twitter and said ‘Oh I think I’ve got a book of yours, what would be the fine on that?’ She said ‘We’ll probably leave you off the fine’ and I said ‘That’s great’ and she said ‘But we DO need the book back’ so that’s what I was doing this evening.

“I formally presented this book that I nicked from UCD. I signed it on the inside and everything,” he said.

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