Dara Ó Briain: ‘When I say ‘Irish’, I mean ‘Bosco Irish’’

The ‘Mock the Week’ host on Irishness, Britishness and life as the voice of reason

Dara Ó Briain: 'On a spectrum from ranting and raving to urbanely quippy, I would hope in real life I’m more like the latter.' Photograph: Alan Betson

Dara Ó Briain: 'On a spectrum from ranting and raving to urbanely quippy, I would hope in real life I’m more like the latter.' Photograph: Alan Betson

A man goes to the doctor and says he’s depressed. The doctor says, “Why don’t you go see the great clown Pagliacci? He’s in town tonight. That’ll cheer you up!” The man says, “But, doctor, I am Pagliacci.”

Dara Ó Briain, who is a sort of clown, hates that story. He enumerates the ways he hates it. First, it’s not a realistic presentation of psychotherapy. “You can’t just arrive in town and go into a local counsellor and get an hour,” he says. He’s very annoyed about this.

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