Sunday 21 January 2018

My health: 'Deep-fried food in Scotland will kill you'

Comedian Danny O’Brien runs a weekly comedy club, The Comedy Crunch, in Dublin
Comedian Danny O’Brien runs a weekly comedy club, The Comedy Crunch, in Dublin

Edel Coffey

Comedian Danny O'Brien tries to eat well and exercise regularly but the deep-fried food of Edinburgh's comedy circuit is making it tough, writes Edel Coffey

Do you exercise regularly and if so what do you do?

I try to go for a decent run a few times a week. I also do the odd spell of push-ups and sit-ups when I can and cycle about town when it's not lashing rain! Bicycle is my main mode of transport here in Edinburgh at the festival so that keeps me semi-fit. If I'm hungover, all exercise bets are off!

Do you do it willingly or begrudgingly?

I go running willingly - I like it and I find it clears my head. I begrudgingly do push-ups and sit-ups. They are zero craic.

What time do you go to bed?

After 1am usually, and after 5am too often in Edinburgh.

What time do you get up in the morning?

It depends on what time I have to work at in the morning.

What do you have for breakfast?

Wholemeal toast with peanut butter usually, or porridge with some walnuts, banana and honey.


Usually a wholemeal pitta (I've been scare-mongered by too many food documentaries and TV shows to eat white bread!) with hummus and chicken, or ham and some salad.


I love cooking and live close to loads of really good butchers and fishmongers in Dublin 8. Over the past month, I've just had grilled fish or meat with some salad or cous cous (how Celtic Tiger, I know). Dinner in Edinburgh usually consists of eating a banana or crisps in a lane way, walking to different gigs!

Any snacks?

Bananas. Fruit and nut mix sometimes, if I'm out and about, which depresses me slightly when I eat it for some reason.

Do you take any supplements?

I take a multivitamin and a Berrocca every day. I don't know if they actually do anything though!

How much water do you drink?

I try to drink a couple of litres a day but I probably don't drink enough.

Do you have a skincare routine?

I use a face wash and some moisturiser to try to combat ageing. It's all down hill after 30!

Any allergies?


Any vices?

Eating late at night after gigs is my biggest vice. Pizza slices, fried chicken, tea and biscuits (again). Here in Scotland, it's their deep-fried delicious everything that is my vice! And their pies. There's too much food here that will slowly kill you - everything is covered in pastry!

If I could change one thing about my lifestyle it would be

… Sleep more!

  • Danny O'Brien runs The Comedy Crunch, a weekly comedy club in Dublin. Follow him on Twitter 

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