How It’s New York: Ardal O’Hanlon came to town to participate in The Craic Festival, a NYC-based film and comedy festival.
How It’s Irish: Ardal O’Hanlon is from Co. Monaghan, and starred in the quintessentially Irish sitcom Father Ted.
A few months ago comedian Ardal O’Hanlon, was here in NYC for The Craic Festival. Mike Fitzpatrick talked to Father Dougal, from the “Father Ted” show (volumes will be published about this sitcom in years to come, I have no doubt), as he got ready to perform stand-up here in the Big Apple.
Dougal McGuire, as created by Ardal O’Hanlon, figures as large in the Irish imagination as Leopold Bloom and Jimmy Rabbitte Sr., Mike says in the intro to his popular column “At the Mike Stand.”
Ardal, Mike discovers, has some serious tastes: his favorite movies includ Apocalypse Now and The Godfather.
An earlier version of this interview was first published in Irish Examiner USA, Tuesday, Nov. 13.
Then of course, there’s Father Dougal McGuire, the man who brought the Travel Scrabble for when they were traveling, and the normal Scrabble, for when they arrived, though now that he thought of it, he didn’t bring either of them.
Created by Arthur Mathews and Graham Linehan, and brought to life by the then little-known stand-up comic, Ardal O’Hanlon, Father Dougal, from the incredibly popular sitcom Father Ted, will go down in comic history as a truly unforgettable individual. Since the show’s three season run, Ardal has gone on to become one of Ireland’s greatest comic exports, starring in five seasons of British sci-fi sitcom, My Hero, taking on several roles in films such as The Butcher Boy and The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby and also forging a successful writing career.
It is stand-up though, where the County Monaghan native thrives however, and New York is fortunate enough to host Ardal (and fellow comic Kevin Flynn), when he headlines the 3rd annual Craic Comedy Festival, sponsored by Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey and Con Edison on Friday, November 16th.
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