Legendary cartoonist Tom Mathews has been an Irish cult hero of choice since the mid-seventies - ahead of his appearance at this year's Kilkenny Animated festival, we asked him for his choice cultural picks.
FILM: DUCK SOUP
It's the greatest comedy ever made... as they didn't try to dilute the humour with a love story. It is completely absurd and I love the absurd.
MUSIC: MIDNIGHT MOSES BY THE SENSATIONAL ALEX HARVEY BAND
Alex Harvey was a Scottish guitarist born in the Gorbels... he played on stage in Hair and then went on to form his own band, and they're fantastic.
BOOK: FINNEGAN'S WAKE BY JAMES JOYCE
This is like a Google novel in the way it incorporates so many ideas and 66 languages. Joyce was a million years ahead of his time, and he would have loved the potential of the internet.
PLAY: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST BY OSCAR WILDE
Oscar Wilde wrote this masterpiece in 1895 and it is still packing them in. It's the funniest play in the world.
TV: SERGEANT BILKO
The classic TV series starring the hilarious Phil Silvers...
ART: LUCIEN FREUD AT IMMA
I live in Inchicore so I can see it anytime I like.
GIG: THE ATRIX
At the Sugar Club last Wednesday... I was one of two singers - it was great.
A spirited outing by the new line up of The Atrix at the Sugar Club. The chatty audience seemed to have a good time . The ensemble excelled on new song Joey. Kevin McAleer and Paula Meehan made thoughtful contributions, as did Tom Matthews. @theatrixdublin @sugarclubdublin pic.twitter.com/cIcU2yiakN— J. John Foyle (@JJohnFoyle) September 19, 2019
A paintbrush, or a pointy stick with a burnt end.
THE NEXT BIG THING...
Theatrix; The Greatest Hits 1979-81... It's coming out next year, and I have written six songs... one is called Burn Down The Dáil, enough said.
Tom Mathews is at this year's Kilkenny Animated festival, which runs from October 4th - 6th 2019.