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.

TECH

 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.