Proust Questionnaire

David O’Doherty, comedian

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

I sometimes think I'm quite close to being happy, but something ruins it. I was happy earlier on today but then I had a huge nosebleed.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Sportsmen who claim to be not that great at the sport but just practice really hard. Stephen Roche is one. Padraig Harrington is another.

Which living person do you most admire?

See above.

Which is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

I’m lazy and a failure at most things I do and I’m no good at playing the piano.

What is your greatest extravagance?

I have 10 bicycles.What is your favourite journey?

Cycling home after a good gig while listening to loud music.

On what occasion do you lie?

When taxi men ask me what I do for a living.

Which living person do you most despise?

I despise the makers of Happy Feet.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

No comment.

When and where were you happiest?

I think I’ve always been about the same level of happy. Around seven.

Which talent would you most like to have?

I would like to be a great jazz musician.

What is your current state of mind?

I am currently feeling the pressure of expectation ahead of my first ever Clifden gig.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

I was once the overnight leader of the Achill Masters golf tournament. I blew it on day two.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what do you think it would be?

No comment.

What is your most treasured possession?

An old portable pump organ that was carried around by a priest during WWII.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

After a bad gig is pretty horrible.

What is your favourite occupation?

Sometimes I would like to be an archaeologist.

What is the quality you most like in a man?


What is the quality you most like in a woman?


Who are your favourite writers?

I like Flann O’Brien and an American called George Saunders.

What is your motto?

Tick tock tick tock it's O'Doherty o'clock.

David O’Doherty plays The Station House Hotel on Thursday September 18 at 10pm as part of the Clifden Community Arts Week. For tickets contact Joyce’s Newsagents, Clifden, on 091 - 22611.


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