We spoke with comedian Phil Jupitus ahead of the Vodafone Comedy Carnival about his love for Ireland, art and comedy. Watch the interview above.
"The coast and the sea bring out art in people. I live by the sea myself, and it's something about that constantly changing view of the world; you're looking at a landscape that goes up and down six foot every day - constantly changing vistas because of the sea," says Phil Jupitus.
The comedian is preparing to visit Galway this October for the annual Vodafone Comedy Carnival, taking place from October 23rd-29th of October, and by all accounts he's a fan of Ireland's West Coast.
"When you think about it, you're on the very, very Western edge of Europe in Galway. Next stop America. There's something about it that speaks to the soul, speaks to the creative animus within us. I dig it."
The Newport-born funnyman, best known for his appearances on Never Mind the Buzzcocks and QI, has been working in comedy for about thirty-five years. According to Phil, once you hit such a landmark, you have two options: take the route of Lee Evans and create a two-hour long show every three years that speaks to your demographic - or completely mix things up.
"In terms of keeping the act fresh for yourself, from a selfish standpoint, I kind of will do that organically. For the last year, I've been touring the UK so the show that I started in September, a year ago, is now not the one that I'm touring - but at no point did I say, 'I'm doing a new show'. It just evolves as I go along."
By the looks of things, the Comedy Carnival will be a showcase of the comedian's talents, as he plans to recite poetry as his alter ego Porky The Poet, improvise with Steve Frost’s troupe, present a radio programme and hopefully cook up a little breakfast.
While Jupitus has enjoyed mainstream success from TV, radio and musicals (he's appeared on stage in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Spamalot and Hairspray) it seems he is a true artist at heart, with a particular love for poetry.
"My mum was an artist and my old man was a draftsman, so I think always having people whose lives were spent with something in their hand doodling, sketching. It was never a stretch for me to see that that's how you spend your time - drawing and creating."
He continued: "Certain people have a vested interest in keeping certain art forms inaccessible because it's their living, so they want to make it impenetrable and difficult to understand. Whereas I think it's about discovery - art. All of it, poetry, you know. The most complex art can speak to you in a way."
It seems that this particular spoken word practitioner will fit in nicely on the Wild Atlantic Way this October.
"Galway is not that big. The thing is with Edinburgh [Fringe Festival] is you kind of get lost and it's so huge that you kind of lose people in the noise, but in Galway you're bumping into people constantly. There's something quite comforting about it. It's a very sort of therapeutic festival to do after the Edinburgh Fringe, because it's got as much madness but just in a shorter space of time. It's manageable madness".
You can catch Phill on stage in Dublin tonight, Wednesday 12th, in the Bowery, Rathmines, alongside Karl Spain, Joe Dowlin and Sarah O’Gorman. He also plays the Vodafone Comedy Carnival in Galway this October - more info here.