'I had no idea what I wanted to do – I was a dreamer'
Best known for his role as bumbling Father Dougal in sitcom Father Ted, Irish comedian Ardal O'Hanlon has embarked on a stand-up tour questioning life in general, which he will be performing in Bath on Sunday.
In the show, O'Hanlon says, he draws inspiration from his own life, questioning why he does comedy.
He said: "I love stand-up, I think I have the best job in the world.
"You really connect with people, and the world around you, and you start to realise just how ridiculous everything really is.
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"I love the variety of stand-up, it is not just a job, it is a lifestyle, a way of living.
"Every part of the show is based on something real about my life, and the world around me."
O'Hanlon said as a child he didn't really know what he wanted to do, but as soon as he started performing he loved it.
"I grew up in a Catholic house in Ireland, and I didn't have any idea what I wanted to do, though I did always look for the funny things in life. I was a bit of a dreamer, and spent a lot of time in my own company. I sort of drifted into comedy after university, and as sort as I started performing I knew there was no other career for me."
O'Hanlon, who lives in Dublin with his wife and three children, mostly comes up with new ideas in the attic of his house, but said inspiration can hit at any time.
He said: "I work in my attic, which I like as it is close to the stars.
"I have a telescope and a skylight so I can look at the moon, which is fantastic.
"Ideas hit me at any time though, whether out and about, talking to someone, or watching the news.
"I sometimes try things out on my wife, when I can get her to listen to me. I also try jokes out on my kids, they are a great judge, because if children don't find something funny they won't laugh.
"If they laugh I usually know I am on to a winner."
O'Hanlon became famous in 1995 when he landed the role of Father Dougal in channel 4 sitcom Father Ted.
The show won him a British Comedy Award and a Bafta.
Despite the show ending in 1998 people still quote his lines.
O'Hanlon said: "Father Ted was a big part of my life, and I enjoyed working with the cast. People still remember Dougal, and quote various lines at me."
O'Hanlon also played George Sunday in BBC sitcom My Hero, and had appearances in London Irish, Big Bad World, Blessed, Skins and Dr Who.
He then focused more on stand-up comedy, appearing on Dave's One Night Stand, and more recently on Live At The Apollo and Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow.
In between all this, O'Hanlan has managed to find time to write a book. His novel Talk of the Town features in the book list of "1,001 books to read before you die".
O'Hanlon is looking forward to entertaining audiences in Bath.
He said: "I love Bath, it is a very picturesque place.
"I have visited a few times, the last was about five years ago when I was in a show with Lee Mack and Sarah Millican.
"People in Bath are lovely, and I am very much looking forward to entertaining them."
Ardal O'Hanlon is at the Theatre Royal on Sunday October 27. Tickets are priced at £19.50 and £21.50, and are available from the theatre box office on 01225 448844