Declan Dineen writes scripts and perform tricks. He describes himself as a liar for money – but good lies like romcoms and pro-wrestling.
“My show at the Fringe is basically a lark that got out of hand. In January 2013 I had a lazy notion on a Saturday afternoon: ‘Wouldn’t it be fun to try and meet everyone who followed me on twitter?’ The show is about what happened when I acted on that impulse. It’s a story of drunken nights, awkward chats, going viral, Daily Mail readers, Iranian TV, punks, politicians, magicians and 10,000 new followers. A story about what it means to be social in the 21st century.”
Is social media, like twitter, a positive or negative thing overall?
“I wouldn’t even be doing a show if it wasn’t for twitter so I’d have to say it’s a positive.”
How do you describe your comedy to those that might not have seen you before?
“This is a tricky one as my show is a true story so any comedy is basically borne from my own neurosis and how I deal with the world. It’s therefore neurotic and egotistical and nervous and anxious and optimistic and idealistic and embarrassing and painfully honest.”
What advice would you give your seventeen year old self?
“Lay off the carbs. Invest in Apple stocks – learn how to invest in something.”
If you were curating a stand up show for television, who would be your guests?
“Guests implies a kind of roundtable interview? For that I’d want to go for as much of a mad clash as possible so Jim Davidson, Jo Brand, Bo Burnham, Jerry Sadowitz and Nina Conti.
“For a plain old stand up show? Daniel Kitson, The Amazing Jonathan, Tim Vine and Lisa Lampanelli.”