Money, Money, Money - Keith Farnan interview
The conscience-fuelled Irish comic talks money
This article is from 2011.
While there are few people who are able to laugh at themselves quite like the Irish, recent times have been somewhat trying for Celtic self-mockery. The aftershock of the global financial crisis is still hurting the Emerald Isle and Keith Farnan sees nothing but further bleak times ahead. ‘We’re beyond Thunderdome in terms of money,’ he reckons. ‘It really has turned into Mad Max over here; before we know it, we’ll all be riding around in leather with the last bit of petrol on the island.’
The crisis has become so acute that world leaders have been queueing up to either offer moral support or bid a fond farewell. ‘In the same month that the Queen turned up, we also had the Dalai Lama and Barack Obama and it kind of feels as though everyone was coming along to pay their last respects. When you look at the world map of conflict, the Dalai Lama could have gone to Libya or Syria but he goes, “No, no, Ireland really needs me.”’
All this stuff will be put through the Farnan filter for Money, Money, Money as he builds on three Fringe shows which have shown him to be a quality comedian who can mix the silly with the deadly serious. ‘The line through the shows only struck me last year, which is inequity. Cruel and Unusual was about the poor being executed because they couldn’t get money together for a defence lawyer. No Black, No Jews … was about immigrants arriving in a country where they were seen as less-than; and in Sex Traffic, it was about how we pay lip service to equality for women in society. And this year again, it’s about money and the size of a cheque at the end of the month, which is the ultimate factor for so many people.’
Keith Farnan: Money, Money, Money, Underbelly, 0844 545 8252, 6–28 Aug (not 16), 6.20pm, £9–£10.50 (£8–£9.50). Previews 4 & 5 Aug, £6.