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Thursday, 7th February, 2013 4:45am

"It's exhausting. Being Irish. The weight of history. The self-doubt. The constant analysis. The wind."



A perfect example of the smirking one liners that has attracted an empire of 26,100 twitter followers for the Corkman the Irish Times call the 'Twitter Jokesmith'. 



Although maintaining an almost constant online presence with his cleverly compacted, 140 character, analytical observations, Colm Tobin is a man of discretion who places great value on the privacy of his personal life. Considering his conflicting tendencies towards his public profile Colm suggests attention is an attraction until it becomes a distraction.



'I suppose after the age of celebrity will come an age of anti-celebrity when people start to realize that being in the public eye and having a public profile can be actually more of a hindrance and negative force in your life."



At risk of offering a promising insight to the man behind the cyber mask, Colm finishes his sentence with a disclaimer."Or maybe not."



Originally from Ardfield, near Clonakilty, Dublin dweller Colm has wandered far from his roots and not just geographically. Although working happily as a comedy writer and TV producer, Colm acknowledges music is his greatest pleasure, something he pursued in his younger days.



"I grew up playing music in De Barra's Clonakilty and Connolly's of Leap and I'm basically trying to find a way to get back to that sort of existence."



Embracing an alternative path to music, Colm's interests turned to law in his college years, a move that helped develop his interest in politics, something that features heavily in his often scathing tweets.

"I studied law in college so I got an insight into the hilarious system of nepotism that formed the basis of governance on this island for a long time, and maybe still does. I suppose we can see now where it got us."

These days Colm makes a living in comedy writing and TV producing. Working with Kite entertainment since 2006 Colm wrote and produced the satirical series Langerland TV,   helped create the theatrical phenomenon 'Anglo the Musical' and also wrote the children's animated comedy series 'Science Fiction'.

Discussing the difference between writing for adults and children Colm said they are two very different skills. "I love writing for kids because you have to focus on actually entertaining the audience without resorting to controversy or shock, which I have been guilty of in the past. I also really like writing for adults and loved writing on Irish Pictorial Weekly with Barry Murphy and the gang last year. Every job is different, but I think that limitations are often very useful in any artistic endeavor."

Colm also occasionally features in The Irish Times discussing philosophical topics such as beach etiquette, the tradition of Christmas jumpers and the modern phenomenon of 'TV tweeting'.

Despite these achievements of artistic endeavor, public popularity and contributing to the literary wealth of Ireland, Colm maintains his greatest achievement is successfully avoiding becoming a lawyer for over a decade and a half.

And so the paradox continues, the man of much success most values his unaccomplished attribute. Deep.

Name: Colm Tobin

Occupation:Comedy writer/TV producer

Location: Dublin

Best thing about Cork: My family/Beamish stout

Worst thing about Cork: People at home telling me they COULDN'T POSSIBLY LIVE IN DUBLIN - it's actually a wonderful European city if you give it a chance.

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