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Q&A: Northern Ireland comedian Dave Elliott talks tackling parenthood with new show

Northern Ireland comedian Dave Elliott is back with his new show DAD and will be performing at Accidental Theatre in Belfast on July 18.

One of the stand out acts on the Northern Irish comedy scene, Dave is among the players behind BBC NI sketch show Late Licence, and Radio Ulster comedy shows Live at the Sunflower and The Shane Todd Show.

Ahead of his latest live offering, the Belfast Telegraph spoke with the local funnyman to talk parenthood and comedy heroes.

1. Has parenthood changed your live show in a big way?

100%. This show has all about how my life has changed and how I am coping with being a dad. Spoiler alert: Not well…

2. What subjects will you be poking fun at during your new show?

Local politics and the troubles mainly…

Nah, only kidding, it’s 2018 and I’m a real self-indulgent guy, so I’ll just for the most part be talking about myself and how being a parent with real life responsibilities is a bloody nightmare.

3. What has been your career highlight so far?

Playing the Ulster Hall in 2016 with the Comedy Squad was amazing. To be able to say I’ve sold out such an historic venue with essentially a few of my best mates is hard to top.

That aside I am really proud of this show and in my view it’s  my funniest stuff, so hopefully everyone who comes to see it will agree with me!

4. What the worst heckle you've ever had and did you make them cry after?

I can’t remember the worst, but I was heckled last week by a guy who was absolutely hammered.

After a bit of probing I found out that he was on a work do and the company he worked for distributed alcohol. I said “So you’re telling me you work for a company that handles drink? Ironic.” that brought the place down and he shut up instantly.

5. Within the Northern Ireland comedy scene - who are you most excited about at the minute?

Dave Elliott is a real talent and I’d for sure recommend his new show ‘DAD’ at the Accidental Theatre on July 18th….

6. Who are your comedy heroes?

Ricky Gervais is my comedy idol, I love The Office, and all his stand up specials are brilliant.

I met him in the street at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival a couple of years ago and properly wet myself, but he was really sound and none of it got on him so I was alright.

7. Do you think Northern Ireland has it's own special brand of humour?

I don’t know about that, but there is a great scene over here at the minute and a definite demand for comedy.

That being said, I think there’s a fine line between people who actually know what is funny and people who think they know. Everyone’s dad has a mate that thinks he’s the funniest person in the world, invariably he’s not.

8. Who is the funniest person you know?

My daughter. Although she’s only seven months old and can’t speak she’s hilarious.

I rib her about not being able to speak yet as I could walk and talk from birth. When I was born I was so dehydrated I actually walked out of the delivery room and grabbed a drink from a nearby water fountain before heading back in and introducing myself.

9. What would you like to be doing five years from now?

I’d like to be retired having made my millions , holidaying on my own yacht off the Caribbean with my family. I’d get my kids trained up as wee servants who could bring me cocktails and jaffa cakes while I read the Sunday papers.

Failing that I’d just like to be writing and performing comedy full time.

10. Who would you love to be stuck in a lift with for 24 hours?

No one, I’m claustrophobic and would cause a real scene, so I’d really show myself up if anyone was in there with me.

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