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Dara O'Briain Interview - Crowd Tickler UK Tour

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by Alison Brinkworth (subscribe)
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Everything You Need To Know About The Tour From Irish Comic
While most people pick up a sodoku puzzle to get a bit of brain training, it seems like comedian Dara O'Briain embarks on a UK stand-up tour.

For when asked about what he's looking forward to during his immense 65-date tour, the presenter of Mock The Week refers to the rapid-fire exchanges and spontaneity of thinking quickly on your feet that can create " a tremendous frisson" with the audience.

Dara OBriain Crowd Tickler UK Tour Birmingham Hippodrome interview preview comedian Mock The Week
Dara O Briain gets a thrill from quick fire exchanges with the audience

"I love the fact that you can shape the entire evening by thinking on your feet," says O'Briain. "If Plan A doesn't work, you have to come up with Plan B immediately."

"It's like walking a tightrope," adds the comic. "The audience love it because they can see you've got nothing up your sleeve and that things could very easily go wrong. They realise that this could go anywhere. You're not given any easy ride." He adds: "Everyone has something to give me."

"When I'm questioning the audience, my stance is not, 'How can I mock this person?' It's, 'I am an eight-year-old meeting this person for the first time. What aspects of them do I want to talk and enthuse about?'"

Dara O'Briain, a 42-year-old father-of-two, has become as synonmous with Star Gazing Live as comedy shows, but after all, he did graduate from University College Dublin in mathematics and theoretical physics.

"It's great to tackle subjects that are more thought-provoking," says O'Briain, "but I have this dread that people will go, 'Oh Dara's show there'll be some bit where he bores us with some science thing'."

Dara OBriain Crowd Tickler UK Tour Birmingham Hippodrome interview preview comedian Mock The Week
Crowd Tickler is the new tour from Mock The Week presenter Dara O Briain


He explains that Crowd Tickler is far from a science outlet for him, but he instead focusses on subjects like awkward conversations we'll end up having with grandchildren about all the resources that have been used up and wonderful advances that have been casually wasted, like Concorde and the space shuttle.

O'Briain also admits having a penchant for "demolishing idiotic arguments", so expect plenty of that too. "It suits comedy", he explains. "If you take it to its logical conclusion, it's madness. It's a reductio ad absurdum".

As a board member of the Theatres Trust, it's no surprise that O'Briain, who grew up in Dublin, is using theatres up and down the country for the tour as he seems to have a real affection for the often historic venues.

"When you arrive at an empty theatre, the potential is immense," explains O'Briain. "You think, 'This is going to be magical."

He adds: "The other day, I sat in an empty theatre thinking, 'I just love these rooms'. I'm on the board of the Theatres Trust in order to protect these wonderful buildings. It's not about NIMBY-ism; it's because I adore these places. It still gives me such a thrill to walk on stage."

Dara OBriain Crowd Tickler UK Tour Birmingham Hippodrome interview preview comedian Mock The Week
"I hope they're unable to talk because I beaten them over the head with so much humour

"I hope they're unable to talk because I beaten them over the head with so much humour and punched them repeatedly in the face with jokes that's my aim!" he laughs.

"I want them spent. I want them silently driving back home absorbing it all, while I'm left in the empty theatre quietly wiping the make-up off my face in a mirror surrounded by light bulbs."

Dara O Briain - Crowd Tickler UK Tour

Tickets cost from 23 via the Dara O'Briain website.

15 - 17 Oct 2015 - London Eventim Apollo
0844 249 4300

20 Oct 2015 - Ipswich - Regent Theatre
01473 433 100

21 Oct 2015 - Brighton - Dome
01273 709 709

23 Oct 2015 - Oxford New Theatre
0844 871 3020

24 - 25 Oct 2015 - Cardiff - St David's Hall
029 2087 8444

27 - 28 Oct 2015 - Sheffield City Hall
0114 278 9789

29 - 30 Oct 2015 - Douglas, Isle of Man - Villa Marina
01624 694 555

3 Nov 2015 - Hull City Hall
01482 300300

4 Nov 2015 - Halifax, Victoria Theatre
01422 351158

5 Nov and 7 Nov 2015 - York Barbican Theatre
0844 854 2757

6 Nov 2015 - Bradford St George's Hall
01274 43200

12 - 14 Nov 2015 - Birmingham Hippodrome
0844 338 5000 or from the Birmingham Hippodrome website.

19 - 22 Nov 2015 - Vicar Street, Dublin,

27 Nov 2015 - Swansea Grand Theatre
01792 475715

28 Nov 2015 - Plymouth Pavilions
0845 146 1460

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Why? See Mock The Week Funnyman Dara O Briain Live
When: Touring UK until November 28, 2015
Phone: Various - see tour list
Where: UK tour - London, Birmingham, York, Sheffield, Oxford, Cardiff and more
Cost: From 23
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