CIAN KINSELLA forms one half of comedy performance duo, Lords of Strut, alongside Cormac Mohally. Their new show, Contain-A-Rave, will premiere in a shipping container at Dublin’s Fringe, September 11-13.


Best recent book: Dune. I watched the documentary, Jodorowsky’s Dune. The greatest movie never made, and I was so inspired by it I had to read the book. I never read much science fiction, but my dad has a big science fiction collection, so I borrowed his ’1970s version.

Best recent film: Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom. I love the worlds he creates and the sense of life, and of how unhappy most people are in an amazing world.

Best recent show: Watched my friend’s show last week in Edinburgh: ‘Dave’, by Zoe Comb Mars. It’s a character comedy about a really typical, and bad, male stand-up. Zoe has been in the stand-up world for years and has plenty of material to characterise a gross and chauvinist male comic. There are a lot of them!

What formats do you access music? I download, get music from friends, listen to some radio, use a fair bit of YouTube. Most currently, I have been listening to Mixcloud. And from Mixcloud I have been buying more music than I have in years. And when I’m at a gig I like, I buy their CD.

Best piece of music you’ve been listening to lately: Gloria Gaynor: ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’.

First ever piece of music or art or film or gig that really moved you:

When I was really young, I watched Pink Floyd’s film, The Wall. That had a big impact on me, at the time. I used to draw scenes from it in art class.

The best gig or show you’ve ever seen: I saw Christeene last year at Edinburgh Fringe. I had never seen anything like it before and it has opened my eyes to an underground drag scene that is not what most people will think of when the word ‘drag’ is used. It’s filthy and amazing!

Tell us about your TV viewing: I haven’t had a TV since I moved out of my folks’ house in 2001. Sometimes, I stream The Savage Eye, the best thing that’s happened Irish comedy in years.

Radio listening: I listen to radio when I’m in my home in Cork and never really any other time. I like a couple of shows: Arena, though it should be much more interesting! I like listening to John Creedon, particularly since he got on the decks with us at a rave we did in Dingle.

Name three of your performance heroes: Sasha Baron Cohen, Andy Kaufman and either Will Ferrell or Jim Carrey.

Best celebrity encounter: I shouted at Steve Coogan in an airport as we were both going through security. He looked up, I waved. Still not really knowing what to do, he waved back and walked off. I felt pretty stupid, but I did have a big smile.

Most expensive item of clothing you’ve ever bought: I bought a pair of trousers for myself in Australia. They fit really well. I looked good in them. They cost €240. Within one week, they had somehow been splattered with bleach. I told myself I would not bow to such extravagance for a pair of pants again.

Tech habits: I’m not so good at tech stuff; my mind drifts too easily. We are all under a lot of pressure to keep up with how quickly technology is moving and how integrated it is in our lives. People get left behind and it can be difficult to catch up. This makes people feel self-conscious and even less smart. What are we getting ourselves into?

Unsung heroes: Art Link, a community art group in Cork City. When I first moved to Cork, they were the first arts organisation I performed with. They are amazingly accepting and draw out an individual’s talents. They make amazing work and do it from a shoestring budget. Their Halloween parade is amazing.

You are king for a day — what’s your first decree? Stop wasting oil and put all that energy into sustainable projects to prepare for a world without oil. This would change many of our social and environmental problems.


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