On A Colleary Day

Before his September show, comedian John Colleary reveals his comic inspirations…

He may describe himself as “a big hairy culchie”, but there’s a lot more to John Colleary than meets the eye.

As anyone who has ever seen The Savage Eye will attest.

There’s a lot to be said for looking like Pat Shortt’s slightly simpler little brother, especially when there’s a mischievous comic brain behind that potato-faced pout. From TV comedy classics such as The Savage Eye, Irish Pictorial Weekly and Bridget & Eamon to dramas like the so-so Ken Loach outing Jimmy’s Hall, Colleary has proven himself to be far smarter than your average culchie.

And if you’re still in doubt about John’s big, hairy comic prowess, you can catch the man himself in action at The Whale on Saturday, September 23rd.

Or you can just join him for a walk through his comedy inspirations…

The Young Ones (BBC TV 1982-1984)
While freeloading BBC via an aerial in the attic i came across this mob. Really like the slapstick nature of it. Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson were class in this . First episode is Demolition, which says it all.

Foster Brooks
This guy gave up booze when he was 50 and then did just created this incredible booze hound of a character that charmed everyone from Dean Martin to Don Rickles and beyond. It was just a perfect comic creation.

The Comic Strip: Five Go Mad…
So much great stuff in this series. Five Go Mad In Dorset was a favourite. Loved Supergrass too.

Absolutely (TV sketch show/1989)
A mostly Scottish sketch show from the early 90s. Short-lived, but very good.

Rab C Nesbitt
Did like this too from same era as Absolutely. Some classic stuff. Need your Glasgow ears on to understand it.

Richard Pryor
This man was a legend. Simple as.

Team America: World Police (2004)
Jumping back a little now, but, quite uncanny that in the first scene of this movie Paris gets wrecked. Great film.

John Colleary’s Loud & Colleary is at The Whale on Saturday, September 23rd – tickets here: https://whaletheatre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873633814


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