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The performer: 'Ireland is a very socially intimate country. That is at our heart'

Danny O'Brien is a stand-up comic

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Danny O'Brien

Danny O'Brien

Danny O'Brien

As a touring comedian, my career didn't slow down in this pandemic as much as it came to a screeching halt. With most of our live diary wiped clean until the autumn, at the earliest, it has been tough and a huge loss financially. I'm lucky that I don't have any kids but I was saving to buy a house. If I hadn't been doing that I don't know how I would have managed.

The self-employed are a subculture in Ireland and there are myths around how performers make money - for years I'd hear, 'oh you're a comedian, you don't have to pay tax', but that's only applicable if you write a film script or a play. My income has completely stopped.

I rent my home and I thought about contacting my landlord but I would just have to pay that back so it doesn't really fix anything. I'd rather just suffer through it and come out the other side. When it all kicked off, I had €3,000 worth of flights booked.