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Me and my health: Paul Currie on his lifestyle

 

Funny guy: Paul Currie
Funny guy: Paul Currie
Paul Currie performs on stage

By Staff Reporter

The 45-year-old comedian from Newtownabbey is preparing for his eighth season at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Q: Do you take regular exercise and if so, what?

A: I try my best to go swimming as much as I can and go running in the gym.

Q: What is the worst illness you've had?

A: Actually when I was at the Melbourne Comedy Festival recently I was staying in a kids' bunk bed and I had gastric flu for three days. I had to cancel my shows and I was having to get in and out of this top bunk bed by ladder and I kept banging my feet and shins.

I had to go to the toilet on the hour every hour, for most of three days. I didn't sleep - I was delirious from the lack of sleep and also from the gastric flu.

Then, of course, with the heat on top of that in Melbourne, it wasn't pleasant. I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy. I also didn't eat anything for about three days. I remember walking to the bagel shop at the end of the street - I was like a 90-year-old man walking down the street and sitting in the bagel place, feeding myself pigeon portions of a bagel. I must have looked like death warmed up.

Q: How healthy is your diet?

A: Pretty good. Like most people, I'm obsessed with avocados at the moment. I can't get enough avocado on toast into me. I know they are supposed to help anyway, healthwise, but I've found they really help me with my mental health. Whatever way they work fuel-wise with the human system, I really benefit from eating them a lot.

Q: Any bad habits?

A: Picking my nose, I love it. I think other people are going to read this and be like, yeah I love picking my nose as well. There'll be like a solidarity of people coming out of the closet and saying we are nose pickers and we are not ashamed.

Q: Do you drink and smoke and if so, how much?

A: I drink very little, I used to drink a lot and binge like everybody does. But I don't really drink so much anymore. I do have a love at the moment for the little tins of pina colada and ironically I am also really into walking in the rain. I'm not even joking.

Q: Do you take any supplements?

A: No, occasionally I have a couple of Vitamin C jars in my bathroom cabinet and I would occasionally take a few of those tablets or a cod liver oil one.

But I don't actually take enough for it to have an effect on me. It's just a placebo effect - I take a Vitamin C tablet once every three months and think that it's doing me good.

Q: How do you take time out?

A: I don't - I should but I don't. I've been trying to take a holiday for about 10 years now.

The Catch 22 situation with being a travelling comedian is you get to go to really cool places and you think in your head you are having a holiday, but you're not really because you are still stressed out because you have to perform.

It's not like a holiday, because you are constantly thinking about your shows and reviews.

Q: How well do you sleep?

A: I try to get eight hours if I can, but I'm really bad at doing that. I go to bed quite late, at about 2am or 3am and then my body clock wakes me up at 7am. I'm really bad at lying in. If I don't get eight hours, it really affects my mental health and I can be very anxious the next day.

Q: Do you worry about getting old?

A: No, I actually look forward to it. I remember consciously as a teenager thinking I can't wait to have grey hair, I can't wait to be old. I think it's because I grew up around a lot of older people - I grew up with my grandparents and my great aunts.

I actually talk about that in my new show, growing up with these strong female figures. I think that's why I thought it would be cool to be old, because I grew up around them and they were cool.

Q: What is your go-to product that keeps you feeling healthy?

A: I like smelling stuff. Since I hit my 40s, I've got really into smells - I like really good quality expensive candles.

Smells really help me to relax, like lavender. If I'm walking down the street and I see fresh lavender, I will rip it out and walk down the street sniffing it. Natural growing lavender (left) is like catnip for me.

Paul is performing two shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, Release the Baboons and Trufficle Musk, a follow-up to his award winning show Hot Donkey which was named Comedian's Choice Best Show at last year's Fringe Festival. To book tickets, visit edfringe.com or check out Paul Currie on Facebook and Instagram

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