Saturday, 25 November 2006
Although he has been a familiar face on Irish TV for quite a while, and is fast becoming a household name in the U.K, Dara O'Briain doesn't feel comfortable with the notion of celebrity. He joked about celebrity reality TV shows, and explained why you'll never catch him posing at home for celebs magazines or guzzling insects in the "I'm a Celebrity." jungle. "I like to keep myself out of that kind of world" he said.
Dara also chatted about the "big year" that 2006 has been for him, the fantastic time he had at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival and the "weird" and wonderful people he meets at his shows. He joked about meeting the Milky Bar kid, whose voice was dubbed over in the commercial because "the world wasn't ready for a Welsh Milky Bar kid!". Dara also chatted about "blogging", his life in London, and how he may have to relinquish his role as host of the panel!
Dara O' Briain .Live at Theatre Royal is out now
Amy Winehouse comes from a long line of jazz musicians and was playing her first guitar by the age of thirteen. A short time later she left drama school and went on to release her platinum selling debut album "Frank". Since then, Amy has been nominated for numerous awards and her second album "Back to Black" is influenced by girl groups of the fifties and sixties and has been hailed by critics as one of THE must have albums of this year. In her distinctive voice and style Amy performed her most recent single "Rehab".
Amy will be playing the Ambassador in Dublin on 2nd March 2007
Gail Porter was known as a children's television presenter when her naked image was projected on to the Houses of Parliament in London. She told Ryan how she was "brushing her teeth in her flat in London" when she heard about the publicity stunt. Shocked, all she could think about was "how to tell granpa!". that her "bum was on Parliament". Gail also discussed the idea of sexy women and said "you can't say any woman is the sexiest in the world. It is nonsense. It is publicity to sell magazines and you have to take it with a pinch of salt" she continued. Not long after her shot to fame, the presenter suffered post natal depression and was then diagnosed with alopecia. She told Ryan how she lost all her blond locks at a devastating speed. But in her characteristic bubbly way and her larger than life personality, Gail faced up to the trauma and quickly turned things around. Gail is now as busy as ever and has just finished filming "Dead Famous" a successful TV series where she was chasing famous ghosts around the US.
Brendan Grace has been in show-business for over thirty five years. He has topped the charts with his songs about Combine Harvesters and Cushy Butterfield. He is possibly best known as Bottler, the bearded schoolboy who told us all to "free a nipper" or the chain smoking bowsey -Fr. Fintan Stack - a one time visitor to Craggie Island.
Brendan chatted about travelling and as he travels a lot-"flying to me is second nature" he said- he told Ryan that he sometimes finds "security a bit of a burden" and jokingly offered some hilarious tips on how to travel smart.
Brendan also insisted on saying hello to his 94 year-old nana, and recalled visiting her in hospital last year. He told Ryan how he started eating the nuts she'd left in a bowl on her table; and when she woke up from her snooze she told him not to bother replacing them. She was done with them. as all she likes to do with the nuts is to "suck the chocolate off them!".
"Brendan Grace Live in Castlebar" is out now
Brendan will also be touring Ireland from 1st January 2007