20 Questions with Gary Cooke

Gary Cooke is a writer, comedian and writer best known for his role in the Apres Match satirical sketches on RTE Television, impersonating, among others,  Eamon Dunphy, Gary Lineker and Bono. He starred in I, Keano and co-wrote and performed in the musical Macbeths. More recently, he had a lead role in Gary Brown’s play It’s Not Easy.

01 What was your earliest ambition?

To play for Spurs

02 It’s our round. What are you having?

Left Bank Bordeaux

03 Social media platform of choice?


04 A mentor or someone that inspired you?

No one could mentor me

05 If you could be born into another time and place, where and when would it be?

The future

06 Favourite writers?

Chris Hitchens

07 A film you’d watch again tonight?

Midnight Run

08 Is there an unsung hero you’d like to thank?

My wife Lorraine

09 Something that no longer happens that you miss?

Meetings with my mother

10 Desert island pet: Dog or cat?

Heart says dog, head says cat

11 Favourite ad?

Aliens for ‘Mash get Smash’

12 Are you an early adopter? What’s new?


13 A brand to which you feel some loyalty?


14 Someone you might be starstruck to meet?

It would have to have been Gay Byrne

15 Something that recently brought a tear to your eye?


16 Something that recently got your goat?

A fella who overtook me at a roundabout

17 What would be your fantasy act of heroism?

Ridding the world of mental illness

18 You’ve won the Euromillions and disappeared. Where might we find you?  

Up my own backside

19 Someone or something that strikes you as beautiful?


20 ‘Here lies Gary Cooke’. Complete your epitaph…

‘He predicted this would happen’


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