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Cork Profile: Ross Browne

Thursday, 7th December, 2017 9:44am

Name and position: Ross Browne, comedian, radio co-host of ‘The KC Show’ on Cork’s 96 FM

Age: 33

Lives: Carrigtwohill

Family: Wife, three kids

Pets: Hamster

Favourite thing about Cork: The balance achieved between empathy and apathy. We as a people are seen to possess a roguish disposition which is a gift for a comedian. We have a very dense concentration of Irishness.

Least favourite thing about Cork: By the time they finish paving Cork, the first ones they put down need replacing.

One thing you’d change about Cork: ‘R’ to ‘c’.

When you were small, what did you want to be as a grown-up?

Comedian, actor, wrestler.

Tell us about your career progression to your role today:

Comedy-wise, it’s been ten years of improving my craft and constantly challenging myself. I did stand-up for years while always writing sketches until I got my break on tv with ‘The Fear’. Then (hidden camera tv show) ‘Scorchio’ followed and that’s where I really decided to make my own video content. That lead me to radio and now there are a lot of irons in a lot of fires.

What is the most enjoyable aspect of what you do?

I have a belief that to be great, you have to do everything. To be an auteur is the greatest sense of freedom. I want to push and seek as much as I can. The way in which entertainment is consumed is in transition and changing daily, so there’s a lot of juggling there, where the artist is faced with an ever changing canvas.

What motivates you?

My mortgage for one. I think when you have low self esteem, it pushes you creatively to produce things greater than yourself. People who think they’re great need not make anything because the greatness is in their shoes. My mind works outside of my body, which is where art occurs, in the ether. Self-centred people are too blind to see what’s around them.

What advice would you give your 15 year old self?

Start sooner.

If you weren’t in the job you have, what would you be doing?

I’d probably be homeless, dead or highly medicated somewhere.

What is your greatest life or career achievement to-date?

My greatest life achievement is my family; career is the people who I work with and the working relationships I’ve built with people who are far better than me. Hilary Rose, Peter Foott, Derek Dillon.

Who has had the biggest influence on you in your life?

My wife influences me hugely but artistically it would be Jim Carrey, Robin Williams, Tommy Tiernan and Sacha Baron Cohen.

What is the life dream now?

To buy my neighbour’s house and knock through. To find a system where socks don’t go missing in the washing and to sell out The Everyman on 23 February.

How do you switch off?

I don’t. I can’t switch off at all. I even went to the doctor about it. The only thing that has worked for me, and I do it regularly, is I go to Float Ireland and float in their isolation tanks. Amazing.

What is your favourite Cork memory?

At half past three on a Saturday morning, I saw a man fall over a traffic cone and he didn’t protect himself because he was more concerned about his kebab. That’s selflessness.

What is your favourite place in Cork?

Halfway between the pride of the northside and the self-awareness of the southside.

Do you have a favourite quote or motto?

Life is a tragedy, elevate yourself to find the comedy.

When are you at your happiest?

I’m at my happiest with my family or in front of an audience.

Any regrets?

Loads. That’s the point.

What is your hidden talent?

I don’t hide talent. I exploit it for all I can get for it. I’m a concubine of talent.

What might we be surprised to know about you?

I have no sense of smell and have a black belt in wrestling.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

Comedians are the mirror to the world. If you don’t like what you see, don’t take the mirror down, turn around.

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