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Hoot Press: Justin Time
Mancunian comedian JUSTIN MOORHOUSE fills us in on the exotic art of eating a boiled egg on the beach and negotiating the red carpet at Cannes with Eric Cantona.
Paul Nolan, 19 May 2010
You may remember Manchester comic Justin Moorhouse from such shows as Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights, in which he played the part of quietly spoken handyman Young Kenny. Kilkenny-bound for the Carlsberg Cat Laughs Festival over the June bank holiday weekend, on a recent visit to Ireland for a comedy festival in Clonmel, Moorhouse found himself trapped in the Tipperary town due to flooding, although he did at least have one Jason Byrne to keep him company.
“Clonmel is nothing like the advert for the cider which is on at the minute,” chuckes Justin. “The commercial for Bulmers – or Magners, whichever it is in the UK – was made in Clonmel, and it says, ‘No apple falls in Clonmel, they’re all caught.’ It’s like a cricket game, they’re all doing these brilliant catches. But when I was there it was flooded, and I was trapped with Jason. It was in the autumn last year, but it worked out alright in the end.
“We did a bumper show on the Monday, ‘cos it was hard for people to get in and out. So we just did a massive show and made the most of it. Like I say, it wasn’t too bad. The people who run the festival are brilliant. To be honest, when you get to my age – I’m 40 in two weeks – and you’ve got kids, any chance to get away and work is a bit like a holiday.”
As it happens, Justin has another interesting little nugget of information about Tipperary.
“I’m sure you’re familiar with ‘It’s A Long Way To Tipperary’,” he says. “I was baptised in the building opposite where that song was written. It was written by people who were in the Stalybridge Brass Band or something, and it was a challenge to see if they could write a song in a day with the word Tipperary in it. They probably chose Tipperary cos there aren’t many words that rhyme with it, although I guess you could have ‘Her name was Mary/She was from Tipperary’.”
As well Cat Laughs, Justin will – like most stand-up comics – be performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this summer. Intriguingly, his show at the Scottish festival is to be titled ‘The Boiled Egg On The Beach’.