My Perfect Console with Simon Parkin

Dara Ó Briain, comedian.

Feb. 7, 2023

My guest today is a stand-up comedian, television presenter and Irish national treasure. He studied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at University College, Dublin, where during a debate, he cracked a joke, made the audience laugh, and forever doomed himself to chasing that high.

Since then, he has toured the world as a comic, as well as becoming a prolific television host: he has chaired Mock the Week, Have I Got New For You, Blockbusters, Robot Wars, Stargazing Live, and the video game-themed quiz show, Go 8Bit. A lifelong video game player, he regularly hosts the game BAFTAs, and performs games-related routines in his stand-up. 

Clips under discussion:

  • PacLand (Yuriko Keino).
  • "Stay a While..." (Dennis Caswell).
  • Untitled (Akira Yamaoka, Kosuke Soeda).
  • Joker Escapes (Nick Arundel).
  • Study (Joel Corelitz).

All other music by Simon Parkin.

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