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PopLives #67: Tara Flynn

Every week this Q&A finds out what interesting people in music, film, fashion, theatre, literature, performance, tech stuff, and whatever else are consuming.

Wed, Apr 16, 2014, 15:19


Tara Flynn is an actor, writer, member of Dublin Comedy Improv which happens at the International Bar every Monday at 9pm.

(photo by Robert Kazandjian)

What are you reading?

I’m not a great reader of fiction, but my current read is uncharacteristically academic. It’s Pretty Funny: Women Comedians & Body Politics, by Linda Mizejewski. Having been a stand up for many years and still working in and around comedy, the old “women in comedy” (yawn) chestnut comes up a lot, even when I try to banish it. So I couldn’t resist this title.

Last film you saw and your verdict?
Took a punt on Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel and absolutely loved it. Had no preconceptions at all, so was kind of blown away by the visual gorgeousness and how much fun every single actor was having on screen.

Last gig/concert you went to and your verdict?
Been working nights so haven’t been to a gig since before Christmas. Think it was Tony Law in Whelan’s. London-based Canadian Viking/ pirate/ space comedian. Brilliant.

Last stage production you saw and your verdict?
I was lucky enough to see a touring production of Book of Mormon in the US. I know the soundtrack backwards, but you can’t beat live vocals and it was so, so good in the flesh. If I ever meet Trey Parker & Matt Stone I will probably faint in a fangirl mess.

Last gallery / museum / exhibition you visited and your verdict? 
I went to LACMA in LA for the first time 3 weeks ago. It’s vast. I loved the way that high concept art and contemporary furniture or practical design were exhibited together, I guess to show their mutual influences on each other, and that they’re not as far removed as many of us plebs (me) think at all.

You have a golden ticket to Easons, what magazine is first on your list?
Got to be Empire. It’s become a lot more fanzine-y than it used to be but I love insider movie chat, and feeling like I know what’s going on in the film industry. Plus it’s shiny and has lots of pictures. Like a glossy, but without all the ads for cosmetic surgery in the back.

What are your most clicked bookmarks? 
YouTube and recipe stuff. If something says “How to cook tofu like a boss”, or something, I will click it.

Do you have a favourite podcast or radio programme? 
Dave Hill’s Podcasting Incident, a kind of journal-style insight into Dave’s rock & roll life as a New York comedian and total shredder, guitar-wise. Then you get an interview with a comic or musician, often recorded in Dave’s flat. If you see one with Dick Cavett, download it immediately. I revisit old ones all the time.

Give us a tip for 2014…
Apart from “try not to be a dick”? (My own mantra.). Go to live comedy, see someone you haven’t heard of and – PLEASE- pay for it. Don’t just see something because it’s free, or pay €100 to see “someone off the telly”. People work hard on their material, and they shouldn’t have to work for free. You might just catch the Next Big Thing. There are great people coming through right now.

When you fall into a YouTube hole what’s the general subject matter of the videos you’re watching?
Homemade comedy sketches. And puppies. I’m not a monster.

What song should we listen to right now?
Kate Bush, ‘Moments of Pleasure’. Life’s short and I think this is a very beautiful reminder.
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Which boxset/TV series do you have on the go at the moment?
I’m the last person in the world to be catching up on House of Cards S1. I am very much enjoying my lateness.

Which app do you use the most?
Twitter. Closely followed by Dublin Bus.

Do you play video games or mobile platform games, and if so, what’s your favourite at the moment?
No, I have terrible hand-eye co-ordination. I provided some of the female voices for The Witcher II, though. Lots of ghouls and things.

What is your favourite club night of all time?
The DA Club, mid 90s. I started going there during the first ever Dublin Fringe, for the after parties. Total firetrap but fantastic fun and loads of creative hi-jinks. It’s a canoe shop now.

What was the last country you visited and what were you doing there?
I’m just back from the US. My husband is from Los Angeles so we go when we can, so he gets his sun fix and sees family and friends. I took acting classes and wrote while we were there. There were two earthquakes this time. We knew for sure once we saw everyone confirm it on Twitter. Sadly the Dublin Bus app had little to say on the matter.

If you could transport one international cultural outlet to your home town, what would it be and why?
My home town in Kinsale, and Kinsale Arts Week does a great job of getting lots of outside culture to the town during the summer. I would love it to have its cinema back, though. The Pier Cinema is now an arcade and it breaks my heart.

And finally, if you check out one comedian this week make it…
Alison Spittle. She’s great. But make sure you pay to see her. Talent this awesome shouldn’t be free.

Previously on PopLives: John Butler, Don WycherleyMaserRubberbanditsJames WolfSinead GleesonOlwen FouéréLe GalaxieCian O’BrienCian Ó CiobhainKatie HollyElaine MaiAisling FarinellaBrendan CantyMelanie MorrisTaylor MacTemper-Mental MissElayenousFez Fa’ananaChris JudgeXnthonyDavid MullaneJo ManganDerek O’ConnorBeardymanLynnette MoranRob DelaneyJulie Chance,  Conor O’BrienNial ConlanWallis BirdAdrian CrowleyTegan QuinEllie MacnamaraSteve RyanMumblin Deaf RoRick O’SheaGrace DyasMark O’HalloranAmy ConroyLouise McSharryMaeve HigginsRay YeatesNialler9Jeanie FinlayKevin BarryBrigie De CourcyJohn ScottWillie WhiteNiall MuckianPhil BoyleAngela DorganRoise GoanJoshua GordonMick MinogueEilis BoyleAnnie MacBen FrowMichael McDermottSinead O’Connor,  Shane LanganKathy ScottEoghan KidneyMichael Roe, and Phillip McMahon.