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Q&A: 9 questions for... comedian Ruairi Woods

Pictured: Ruairi Woods
Pictured: Ruairi Woods

Comedian Ruairi Woods is performing at Mandela Hall in Belfast on April 12.

1. What's the best and worst thing that's ever happened to you on stage?

Best: Selling out the Ulster Hall as part of The Comedy Squad and all of us getting a standing ovation at the end, it was a very special moment.

Worst: When I was first starting out, I was offered a gig back home in Strabane. I was basically told to do ten minutes.

What I wasn't told was that it would be in the middle of a karaoke night. No-one knew what was happening,it just seemed some fella took it upon himself to do stand-up at a karaoke night.

I had to go on in between Sean singing John Denver and a woman called Imelda doing the worst rendition of Proud Mary you've ever heard. I can laugh about it now...just.

2. Who is your idol and have you ever met them?

Kurt Russell. He remains my favourite actor to this day, my favourite film of all time is Big Trouble in Little China. I have yet to meet him. However, I did price a couple of bottles of wine from his vineyard in California for my wedding next year but the price was insane. It would be cheaper to buy a house.

3. Can your show be described in one word?


4. Can your show be described in five words?

Oh aye it can aye.

5. What can the Belfast audience expect from your upcoming show?

Essentially this show features a lot of local stuff without delving into anything too dark OR political.

I focus on the local quirks, behaviours and phrases we use. I see my style of standup as a mirror, talking about stuff people do everyday but might not be aware of.

All of these qualities are wrapped in various stories and anecdotes from growing up in Strabane, to my life in Belfast as it is now.

 6. What song is your biggest guilty pleasure?

Too many to mention but off the top of my head - Lady GaGa and Beyonce's Telephone, Scissor Sisters' I Dont Feel Like Dancin or Escape by Enrique Iglesia.

7. Do you know what an Ulster Fry is?

I do indeed, I've been hungover many a time.

8. Who would you love to perform with?

American Comedian Bill Burr. I also play the drums so would love to play with Queens of the Stone Age...or Enrique Iglesias.

9. If you had to listen to one song on repeat for 24 hours, what would it be?

Probably Set Guitars To Kill by local heroes And So I Watch You From Afar.

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