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'I'm a TV star but comedy is my first love' - Dara O'Briain


 Dara O'Briain. Photo: PA

Dara O'Briain. Photo: PA

Dara O'Briain. Photo: PA

Funnyman Dara O Briain is a TV regular both at home and in Britain, but said his first love would always be stand up comedy.

The Bray native hosts panel show Mock the Week as well as a range of science programmes and said doing TV between stand-up tours helps to clear his mind.

"I've just come to the end of a long tour and there are periods where I'm doing loads of comedy and then there's a period where I'm doing TV which is a brain cleanser," he told the Herald.

"It's not a case of doing tours between TV projects, touring always come first and I see the TV work as supplemental," he said.

"I make sure that Mock the Week and my other shows are filmed during the week so I can do shows on the weekends."

By the end of his Crowd Tickler tour, O Briain will have done 40 shows in Dublin and he said he'll miss it when it's over.

"When you do that many nights in Dublin, you've seen all your friends," he said.

"So it's been a series of nice nights out dotted across the year.

"I'm at that fidgety stage where I've only a few shows left - I'm going to miss it," he added. Speaking at the launch of the second series of children's science show Brain Freeze, O Briain said there should be more science programming in Ireland.

"There's a tendency in this country to think of science as a subject rather than something that people are genuinely passionate about," he said.

"There should be somebody doing what I do in the UK over here and someone doing what Brian Cox (inset) does on the BBC with shows like Stargazing Live.

"Kids are natural scientists and they're curious about how things work so it's great to see this [Brain Freeze] on RTE2."