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Gary Cooke: ‘I’d do Mrs Brown’s Boys’

Apres Match’s Gary Cooke is open to all things comedy. 

The comedian has opened up about how hard it can be to make it as an actor. To keep himself going he has to do other jobs on the side such as voice overs and being a tour guide.

The Dublin man has even admitted that if he was given the opportunity he would join the Mrs Brown’s Boys cast.

Cooke told the Irish Sun: “I’m not snobbish. I don’t think one comedy is better than another, I wouldn’t rule anything out. If there is an audience for something, I would be certainly be happy to be considered. Brendan O’Carroll is a very funny man and an extremely gifted comedian.”

“I can’t ever see me working in the bank now. It’s usually other TV or radio gigs but you’re also looking for jobs that would suit the same skill set.You duck and dive and do a bit this and that.”

Cooke is teaming up with director Peter Sheridan again next week for a one-man performance of Brendan Behan’s The Confirmation Suit – said it’s not about the money,.

He said: “The rewards are not financial in this profession. You have to realise being a story teller and a performer is what you do.

“It’s hard when I was younger, and finding there was no money it it. But that’s the situation for the majority of actors.”

Gary said: “If I’m out at night, I get surrounded by a gang of young fellas with camera phones begging you to do Dunphy.
“A simple Yes/No as Dunphy tends to do them. The worst part is they usually have a bunch of young girls with them, wondering why some old bollocks like me is the centre of their attention? Who is that old man, you’ll hear them say?”
Gary Cooke stars in The Confirmation Suit by Brendan Behan at the New Theatre, Temple Bar from Tuesday July 25.



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