"I feel like Captain Kirk on the bridge of the Enterprise," joked Simon Delaney as he kicked off his first day standing in for Ryan Tubridy on 2fm. The actor and comedian referred to the array of buttons, lights and gizmos in the average studio, playing the part of the clueless ingenue.
They even roped in Paddy McKenna, host of the preceding show, to help Simon settle in.
All jokes aside, though, there was no need to worry: the 'Bachelor's Walk' star took to the job like an old pro.
It helps that 'Tubridy' is a magazine-style show anyway – all you really need as presenter is a likeable personality, a sense of humour and a modicum of enthusiasm. Delaney has all three, especially the first. The guy is impossible to dislike, which made it impossible to dislike his performance.
Having said that, the show itself wasn't great, mainly because it was even more bedevilled by the RTE curse of self-promotion than usual. The interviews were: RTE entertainment journalist Tara Loughrey Grant, the producer of a forthcoming RTE TV documentary; RTE radio contributor Abie Philbin Bowman, and a discussion of RTE TV show 'The Voice'.
Crazy stuff, unbelievably shameless. Still, it's hardly Delaney's fault. And he handled the interviews themselves fine, as well as all the usual fluff like text polls.
Besides, he's so damn likeable – sure you'd forgive the man anything.