Tuesday 12 November 2019

Rude awakening: Domhnall and his dad Brendan ham it up just for laughs

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

ACTOR Domhnall Gleeson has revealed how he teamed up with his dad Brendan Gleeson for a one-off TV sketch show.

'Immaturity For Charity' has a better-known cast than some Irish movies, but all the actors who took part gave their services for free in aid of St Francis's Hospice, Raheny.

Novelist Amy Huberman and 'Love/Hate' star Robert Sheehan are among the stellar cast who feature in the 35-minute-long fundraising comedy, which will air on December 27 at 9:30pm on RTE2.

One standout sketch features Domhnall as a grown man waking up in bed to his parents, played by dad Brendan and mum, actress Cathy Belton, giving him the facts of life.

"Being 28, the son tells his parents he already knows about sex, yet they persist – but what makes it funny is their unusual view on the subject," Domhnall told the Irish Independent.

"Dad giving me the sex talk was hilariously awful and hilariously funny at the same time," he said.

"Rehearsing with him made me laugh more than anything else I have ever done."

Coincidentally, when his father picked up a Rising Star Award on behalf of his absent son Domhnall at the IFTAs last year, he joked he could never get his son out of bed as a boy.

The Gleeson family's support for St Francis's Hospice in Raheny is a direct result of the care and attention that both of Brendan Gleeson's parents received there in their last days.

The comedy has already raised €20,000, but producers hope to raise more, with Domhnall appealing for more funds during the broadcast.

Tipped by 'Variety' magazine as one to watch in 2012, things look even better for the Malahide man in 2013 when he stars in his first lead role, a comedy, 'About Time', from 'Four Weddings And A Funeral' writer Richard Curtis.

Donations to the project can be made via www.immaturityforcharity.com.

Irish Independent

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