- Film & TV
- 12 Apr 22
This month's Mad Hatter is comedian Fred Cooke. Read his full Q&A below...
Who would be the last person you would invite to your birthday party?
Boris Johnson. Because whatever fun I have, I want to keep it legal.
Who would be the first person you would invite to your birthday party?
Tommy Tiernan. Despite his best efforts he couldn’t get to my wedding, as he was so busy with work. So I really feel he owes me one when it comes to my next party!
The one that drives my wife mad is; “There’s time there”. I say it all the time – even when the cooker’s on fire.
At the moment it’s Whipping Boy’s Heartworm. ‘When We Were Young’ feels even more relevant 27 years later.
It changes all the time, but right now I’m really enjoying Roddy Doyle’s Life Without Children.
Back To The Future 2.
It’s a toss-up between Steve Carell or Jon Kenny.
Kamasi Washington. I find his music so invigorating. When I throw it on, it’s like I come alive again.
Most embarrassing moment of your life?
I’ve had so many, I’ve made a career out of talking about them! I was once on a date and when asked, “How would you like your steak?”, I replied, “On a plate please.”
I’m mad for the slow cooks. I have been known to suggest a lamb stew during a heatwave.
Reeling In The Years. I drank so much back in college, this show tells me about stuff I don’t remember.
Favourite TV personality?
Favourite item of clothing?
I got this really nice cosy winter jacket in Brian James in Killarney last December. It’s so warm, you wouldn’t need to wear anything underneath it – not that I’ve tried!
Most desirable date?
Gazing at my beautiful wife, on a sunny honeymoon that we haven’t booked yet.
Favourite method of relaxation?
Drinking cans with the bluetooth speaker on full blast
If you weren’t pursuing your present career, what other career might you have chosen?
I might have been a singer-songwriter. Definitely a songwriter.
Getting to the semi-final of Dancing With The Stars.
Losing in the semi-final of Dancing With The Stars.
Your concept of heaven?
My son’s smile first thing in the morning, as he lifts his arms to be picked up.
Your concept of hell?
Doing a stand-up comedy gig in the smoking section of Coppers at 2.30am.
What would be your dying words?
I’d love to write a musical that’s funny and emotive, with incredible choreography.
Period of history you’d most like to have lived in and why?
Back in 1979: when you could buy a house for £4000, and Billy Corgan said there was no one around..
If you weren’t a human being, which animal would you have chosen to be?
A dolphin – then straight to Dingle I’d swim.
If you were told that the world was ending tomorrow morning, how would you react/what would you do?
I’d ring up this guy from primary school and demand an apology for not passing me the ball in ‘93.
Your nominee for the world’s best-dressed person?
Favourite term of abuse?
You’re some langer! (Even though it means you’re a dick, it still sounds friendly.)
Not selling out my Irish tour. Ticket link below.
Humanity’s most useful invention?
Line dancing – came in so useful during social distancing.
Humanity’s most useless invention?
Line dancing when we’re not social distancing.
Tickets for Fred Cooke's And Your Next Guest Is... Tour are available here.