Jarlath Regan | Stand Up and Answers
Interview by: Caroline Foran
Presenting the next installment of his monthly Sugar Club show - Stand up and Answers - this Friday, we thought we'd take the time to put a fun Q&A to the man behind "the best value for money comedy show" to be had at the moment, Mr. Jarlath Regan. But first, let's get the essential info out of the way:
So Jarlath, tell me a bit about Stand up and Answers, how different is it to other comedy nights?
The show is maybe the best value for money comedy show out there at the moment. For your admission fee you get to see about half dozen comics you would know from the telly, a free cocktail on arrival and last but by no means least, you get to take part in the funniest table quiz around. The rounds of the quiz are put together and performed by the acts so it really is quite different and fun each time. Last month David O'Doherty did a round based on puns which included the question: "Name the 2 Live Crew Song about a Japanese Soup made of trains?" The answer was "Miso Hornby" and a surprising number of people go it right.
Sounds like a question he'd come up with alright! How often is it on?
It's on the final Friday of every month but since everyone is heading to the Edinburgh festival for the month of August this is the final one of the summer. We will be back in September with The Rubber Bandits as our special guests.
How have you been enjoying doing the festival rounds this summer, will you be at Vodafone Comedy Festival and Electric Picnic?
The festivals, apart from Edinburgh, are my favourite part of the year to be honest. Most of your standup life is spent waiting for trains or driving in your car alone on the way to gigs in places like Thurles. Festivals let you hang out with people and actually be in the one place for a decent amount of time with friends. I will be doing the Vodafone festival with Tim Key and I'm very excited about that. I'll also be doing the comedy tent at Electric Picnic which is both terrifying and brilliant fun at the same time.
Last time we spoke you were busy with illustrations and books, how is all of that going? Any new developments we can look forward to?
I've written a new book called "How To Break Even More Bad News" as a follow up to my first book "How To Break Bad News" and that should be coming out in 2013. The other book "Putting a Ring On It" is still available in Easons as far as I know.
Right. Well now that we're a little better acquainted, describe yourself in three words:
Humble, genius, playboy.
If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be and why?
I wish I wasn't so easily distracted. You have no idea how long it has taken me to write these answers.
Ultimate happiness for you is:
Regular happiness is better than ultimate happiness. It's a bit like frizzbee that way.
Your earliest memory is:
I was taken to see Bambi in the cinema when I was 4 years old. Great movie. That's all I remember but sadly the Oscar cinema in Newbridge closed a while ago.
The thing that annoys you most is:
Ireland annoys me quite a bit. I think my relationship with the country is quite like my relationship with my mother in that sense. I love them both, I'm proud of them, I know I wouldn't be the person I am today without them but they are both capable of winding me up and embarrassing me on a daily basis.
Your biggest fear is:
For years I was terrified of unprovoked assault. Now I realise provoked assault would be just as bad because you would feel like you had it coming.
Your best feature:
I have a leather interior. If I drink too much water I squeak when I walk.
Your favourite comedian:
Right now I love Louis CK but it changes ever few months.
Best chat up line:
I once heard a guy walk up to a girl and say, "This is going to sound really stupid and you can just ignore me and walk away if you like, but I think you look flipping amazing tonight." She told him to f*ck off. There really is no hope for Irish men.
Most romantic thing you've ever done/ had done for you:
I killed the guy that was dating my wife before me. She thought it was the sweetest thing. Thanks be to Jayziz.
Food you cannot live without:
I think I'd struggle without Jambons to be honest.
Favourite question/answer joke:
What's the first sign of madness? Suggs walking up your drive-way.
Story by EI Team | 09:00 | Monday 25th June 2012 | Comedy
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