- 03 Jul 03
Après Match member Gary Cooke on Joe Duffy, body piercings, and the perils of impersonating Ireland’s most belligerent broadcaster. Playing intermediary Paul Nolan
In terms of quality material, diversity of appeal and sheer consistency of output, Après Match have emerged as quite possibly the finest comedy act in the country over the past five years, and have certainly remained one of the very few elements in RTE’s humour output to continually merit the description, “unmissable viewing”.
In addition, during those times when the media completely loses the run of itself and covers, say, the almost comically funereal Tommy Gorman/Roy Keane interview with the sort of gravitas more usually associated with impending nuclear apocalypse, Mess(e)rs Cooper, Cooke and Murphy have revealed a genuine flair for satire, their gloriously demented brand of surreal parody frequently reaching Dr. Strangelove-levels of genius.
However, given that the original Après Match brief was to fulfil a few short, moderately-resourced post-match comedy slots during RTE’s coverage of France ’98, is Cooke ever surprised at the troupe’s exponential growth in popularity over the intervening years?